Saltmarsh Ecology

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This book provides a broad introduction to saltmarsh ecology, concentrating on plants, although much of the information should also be of interest to zoologists. Particular attention is given to the geographical diversity of saltmarsh vegetation and to the ecophysiological mechanisms which permit tolerance to the major challenges of high, but variable, soil salinities and of frequently waterlogged soils. The importance of saltmarshes as functioning ecosystems is discussed and issues relevant to the long-term ...

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Overview

This book provides a broad introduction to saltmarsh ecology, concentrating on plants, although much of the information should also be of interest to zoologists. Particular attention is given to the geographical diversity of saltmarsh vegetation and to the ecophysiological mechanisms which permit tolerance to the major challenges of high, but variable, soil salinities and of frequently waterlogged soils. The importance of saltmarshes as functioning ecosystems is discussed and issues relevant to the long-term conservation and management of saltmarshes are considered. Saltmarsh Ecology will be useful to upper level undergraduates and wetland scientists.

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"...I recommend this book for wetland ecologists. Adam's arguments for and against various ideas will stimulate many thoughts about what controls salt marsh systems by providing a broader perspective." Joy B. Zedler, Ecology

"...an excellent reference and guide to the literature....the most valuable and stimulating aspect of the book was the frequent suggestion of new research areas....well worth the money. It will be a useful reference for decades." Valrie A. Gerard, Quarterly Review of Biology

"a valuable resource not only for the wealth of literature but also for the fact that the author confronts many of the dogma that have been established and, using available literature, points up weaknesses and/or inconsistencies." Gordon W. Thayer, Bulletin of Marine Science

"Saltmarsh Ecology by Paul Adam is the definitive text on one of the most omportant ecosystems found at the edge of the sea. Adam...provides an exhaustive description of saltmarsh ecology. Those of us who work...in marine biology will find this book especially helpful and will frequently turn to the extensive bibliography." Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Book Review

"...pulls together much information regarding the physiology, distribution, and ecology of the salt marsh flora...any worker in the field will benefit from these sections..." Ernest Ruber, Journal of College Science Teaching

"...presents a refreshing overview of a vast field of saltmarsh research and one that Canadian researchers can enjoy and profit from....Saltmarsh Ecology effectively puts a broad cross-section of what we need to know on saltmarshes together in a readable resource document. It gives us a vital perspective—both local and global—to help us better deal with what is an extremely important part of our coastal ecosystem." Patrick Stewart, Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521448239
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 473
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations for frequently-occurring species names; 1. General features of saltmarshes and their environment; 2. The saltmarsh biota; 3. Variation in saltmarsh vegetation; 4. Coping with the environment; 5. Plant life history studies; 6. Saltmarshes as ecosystems; 7. Modification, management and conservation; References; Index.

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