Synopses & Reviews
While it is generally accepted that flood pulsing and disturbance dynamics are critical to wetland viability, there is as yet no consensus among those responsible for wetland restoration about how best to plan for those phenomena or even whether it is really necessary to do so at all. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Beth Middleton draws upon the latest research from around the world to build a strong case for making flood pulsing and disturbance dynamics integral to the wetland restoration planning process.
While the initial chapters of the book are devoted to laying the conceptual foundations, most of the coverage is concerned with demonstrating the practical implications for wetland restoration and management of the latest ecological theory and research. It includes a fascinating case history section in which Dr. Middleton explores the restoration models used in five major North American, European, Australian, African, and Asian wetland projects, and analyzes their relative success from the perspective of flood pulsing and disturbance dynamics planning.
Wetland Restoration also features a wealth of practical information useful to all those involved in wetland restoration and management, including:
- A compendium of water level tolerances, seed germination, seedling recruitment, adult survival rates, and other key traits of wetland plant species
- A bibliography of 1,200 articles and monographs covering all aspects of wetland restoration
- A comprehensive directory of wetland restoration ftp sites worldwide
- An extensive glossary of essential terms
Wetland Restoration, Flood Pulsing, and Disturbance Dynamics is a valuable working resource for wetland restoration consultants, employees of government agencies, and professional land managers, as well as ecologists, foresters, and geologists involved with wetland restoration and management. It is also an excellent text for advanced courses in wetland restoration.
Making the latest academic research on effective wetland restoration techniques accessible to the private environmental consulting firms and protection agencies who need it most, this book provides essential information on disturbance dynamics. The author focuses on the increasingly significant role of flood pulsing-a hydraulic seed-dispersal technique for rivers, streams, and swamps-in successful long-term restoration efforts.
About the Author
BETH MIDDLETON, PhD, is an associate professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University.
Table of Contents
RESTORATION AND DISTURBANCE: BACKGROUND.
Disturbance Dynamics in Wetlands.
DISTURBANCE DYNAMICS AND LIFE HISTORY STRATEGIES IN WETLANDS.
From Seed to Adult: Missing Links in Restoration.
RESTORING DISTURBANCE DYNAMICS IN WETLANDS.
Restoration and Disturbance Dynamics in Restored Landscapes.