Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes: The San Francisco Estuary

Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes: The San Francisco Estuary

by Arnas Palaima (Editor)

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The San Francisco Bay, the biggest estuary on the west coast of North America, was once surrounded by an almost unbroken chain of tidal wetlands, a fecund sieve of ecosystems connecting the land and the Bay. Today, most of these wetlands have disappeared under the demands of coastal development, and those that remain cling precariously to a drastically altered coastline. This volume is a collaborative effort of nearly 40 scholars in which the wealth of scientific knowledge available on tidal wetlands of the San Francisco Estuary is summarized and integrated. This book addresses issues of taxonomy, geomorphology, toxicology, the impact of climate change, ecosystem services, public policy, and conservation, and it is an essential resource for ecologists, environmental scientists, coastal policymakers, and researchers interested in estuaries and conserving and restoring coastal wetlands around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520274297
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Arnas Palaima is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in Economics at University of Cambridge, UK. He is a graduate of Vilnius University (Lithuania) and University of Miami (USA). Currently his research is focused on ecological economics and ecosystem-based management (EBM) of Baltic coastal/marine social-ecological systems.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

San Francisco Estuary Tidal Marshes (Map) xii-xiii

Global Salt Marshes (Map) xiv

Foreword: Some Thoughts on San Francisco Bay and Its Wetlands Paul Keddy xv

Preface and Acknowledgments Arnas Palaima xix

1 Diverse Perspectives on Tidal Marshes: An Introduction Joy B. Zedler 1

Part I Ecology: Environment

2 Historical Formation Frances Malamud-Roam Michelle F. Goman 21

3 Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Tidal Influences Elizabeth Burke Watson 35

4 Pollution: Persistent Organic Contaminants and Trace Metals Hyun-Min Hwang Peter G. Green Thomas M. Young 53

5 Pollution: Emerging Contaminants Carol A. Vines Gary N. Cherr 67

6 Tidal Marshes in the Context of Climate Change V. Thomas Parker John C. Callaway Lisa M. Schile Michael C. Vasey Ellen R. Herbert 87

Part II Ecology: Organisms

7 Tidal Vegetation: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics V. Thomas Parker John C. Callaway Lisa M. Schile Michael C. Vasey Ellen R. Herbert 97

8 Tidal Wetland Vegetation and Ecotone Profiles: The Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve Christine R. Whitcraft Brenda J. Grewell Peter Baye 113

9 Invertebrates: Past and Current Invasions Elizabeth D. Brusati 135

10 Invertebrates: A Case Study of China Camp State Park, Marin County April Robinson Andrew N. Cohen Brie Lindsey Letitia Grenier 147

11 Fishes Peter B. Moyle James Hobbs Teejay O'Rear 161

12 Bird Communities: Effects of Fragmentation, Disturbance, and Sea Level Rise on Population Viability John Y. Takekawa Isa Woo Karen M. Thorne Kevin J. Buffington Nadav Nur Michael L. Casazza Joshua T. Ackerman 175

13 Small Mammals Howard Shellhammer 195

Part III Conservation and Restoration

14 Ecosystem Services Arnas Palaima 207

15 Policy: Achievements and Challenges Marc Holmes 215

16 Research Reserves as a Model for Conservation Science and Management of Tidal Marshes Matthew C. Ferner 225

17 Natural and Restored Tidal Marsh Communities Katharyn E. Boyer Whitney J. Thornton 233

18 Current Issues in Tidal Marsh Restoration John C. Callaway V. Thomas Parker 253

Index 263

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