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The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands

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Global wetlands exhibit significant differences in both hydrology and species composition and range from moss-dominated arctic peatlands to seasonally-flooded tropical floodplains. They are increasingly recognized for the important services that they provide to both the environment and human society such as wildlife and fish production, nutrient filtering, and carbon sequestration.

A combination of low oxygen levels and dense plant canopies present particular challenges for organisms living in this aquatic habitat. This concise textbook discusses the universal environmental and biological features of wetland habitats, with an emphasis on wetland plants and animals and their adaptations. It also describes the functional features of wetlands - primary production, litter decomposition, food webs, and nutrient cycling - and their significance locally and globally. The future of wetlands is examined, including the potential threats of global climate change and invasive species, as well as their restoration and creation.

This new edition maintains the structure and style of the first, but is fully updated throughout with new chapters on invasive species, restoration/creation, global climate change, and the value of wetlands.

About the Author

Dr. Arnold van der Valk is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. He has done research on a variety of wetlands in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. His primary research interests are the dynamics of wetland vegetation, wetlands as nutrients sinks, and landscape differentiation within wetlands. He has been teaching courses wetland ecology for over 30 years.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Water and soil

3. Microorganisms and invertebrates

4. Wetland plants and animals

5. Spatial and temporal patterns

6. Wetland functions

7. Invasive species

8. Restoration and creation

9. Global climate change

10. The value and future of wetlands

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199608959
Author:
Van Der Valk, Arnold G
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Van Der Valk, Arnold G.
Author:
Arnold G. van der Valk
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Conservation Biology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Numerous line drawings
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 in 1.144 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Law » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Wetlands
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Limnology

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