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Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Expertsby Judith L. Li
Synopses & Reviews
In Wading for Bugs, nearly two dozen aquatic biologists share their memorable encounters with stream insects.
The contributors, based primarily in North America, work in diverse environments--from arctic to desert, from mountain streams to river valleys. They represent a wide range of expertise as authors of standard field texts, leaders in biomonitoring and assessment programs, directors of major laboratories, and specialists in aquatic ecology and taxonomy.
The writings in Wading for Bugs allow readers to experience--through the eyes of the scientists--what it's like to study stream insects and to make discoveries that could help develop biological indicators for stream health. General summaries introduce each insect order. Elegant insect drawings accompany each story, along with morphological, life history, and habitat information for each species or family.
Wading for Bugs will appeal to general readers as well as students, naturalists, and fisherfolk curious about streams and the insects that live in them.
Book News Annotation:
Aquatic entomologists recount their adventures, misfortunes, and surprises as they have looked for details about insects that live in streams across North America. Some of the stories are fictional, but the biology is sound. Each section begins with an overview of the order it covers. The topics include the ghost mayfly, returning Salmonflies to the Logan River, the mystery of the spine-adorned caddisfly, encounter with Arctic black flies, a dragonfly hanging from a leaf, and in defense of whirligig beetles. Older children and young adults, as well as more general readers will find the stories fun and the science informative. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Judith L. Li is associate professor (retired) in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. She edited To Harvest, To Hunt: Stories of Resource Use in the American West. Michael T. Barbour is vice president and director of the Center for Ecological Sciences at Tetra Tech, Inc. in Maryland and serves as a technical expert to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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