The Biology of Polar Regions / Edition 2

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There is now an increased awareness of the importance of polar regions in the Earth system, as well as their vulnerability to anthropogenic derived change, including of course global climate change. This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to polar ecology and has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, providing expanded coverage of marine ecosystems and the impact of humans. It incorporates a detailed comparison of the Arctic and Antarctic systems, with a particular emphasis on the effects of climate change, and describes marine, freshwater, glacial, and terrestrial habitats. This breadth of coverage is unique in the polar biology literature.

As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, particular emphasis is placed on the organisms that dominate these extreme environments although pollution, conservation and experimental aspects are also considered. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology, often as part of a wider marine biology degree program. It will also be of value and use to the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic.

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"A remarkable tour de force. This book is one of the valuable Oxford Press Biology of Habitats series covering some dozen habitats. To give an idea of the scope of The Biology of Polar Habitats, the authors have covered almost all the habitats in the rest of the series because polar habitats include a remarkably diverse array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats and the book reviews them all. This book should be read by college students as well as by professionals. Polar biologists will be impressed with the reviews of their own specialties and will profit from reading all the chapters." — Polar Biology

"Polar ecosystems are on the brink of a massive reorganization. This comprehensive volume provides the background we all need in order to understand what is going on and to figure out what to do about it."—The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199298136
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Series: Biology of Habitats Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David N. Thomas is Professor in Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales Bangor. Between 1989 and 1996 he held four research scientist posts in Germany at the University of Bremen, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, University of Oldenburg and Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology, Bremen. He was appointed to his position at the University of Wales-Bangor in July 1996. In 2001 to 2003 he held an Ocean and Climate Research Fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Germany.
G. E. Fogg was Professor Emeritus of Marine Biology, School of Ocean Sciences University of Wales, Bangor.

Dr. Peter Convey is Research Scientist at the Biological Sciences Division of the British Antarctic Survey.
Dr. Christian Fritsen is Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute, Nevada, USA.

Dr Josep-Maria Gili is of the Institut de Ciències del Mar, Spanish National Research Council Dr Rolf Gradinger is Assistant Professor of Biological Oceanography at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Prof. Johanna Laybourn-Parry is Dean of Natural Sciences at Keele University. Her research interests centre around polar limnology, in particular carbon cycling, environmental microbiology, protozoan ecophysiology and biological processes on glaciers. Her Antarctic work is conducted with the Australian and US Antarctic programmes while her work in the Arctic is conducted in Svalbard. She has been funded by NERC, The Leverhulme Trust, EPSRC, Industry, the US National Science Foundation and the Australian Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC). She currently holds a grant from the Leverhulme Trust for work on protozoan feeding selectivity physiology and from ASAC for investigating bacterial biodiversity in Antarctic saline lakes.

Dr. Keith Reid is an ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey. Professor David Walton is a chief scientist at the British Antarctic Survey.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Polar Regions
2. Stress, Adaptation and Survival in Polar Regions
3. Periglacial and Terrestrial Habitats in Polar Regions
4. Glacial Habitats in Polar Regions
5. Inland Waters in Polar Regions
6. Open Oceans in Polar Regions
7. Frozen Oceans in Polar Regions
8. Marine Benthos in Polar Regions
9. Birds and Mammals in Polar Regions
10. Climate Change in Polar Regions
11. Human Impacts on Polar Regions
12. Some Conclusions
Further Reading & Web Resources

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