The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, Third Edition / Edition 3

The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, Third Edition / Edition 3

by Thomas E. Lodge
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The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, Third Edition / Edition 3

Completely revised, updated, and now with color photographs and illustrations in every chapter, The Everglades Handbook provides a breadth and depth of information on the entire ecosystem of the Everglades that cannot be found anywhere else. Written by Thomas Lodge, one of the most respected authorities on the Everglades and one of its most ardent protectors, the book is an updated, expanded, and comprehensive explanation of what the Everglades is, how it has been changed, and the restoration needed to bring back ecological functions and safeguard sustainable future uses of the region by people.

Expanded and updated coverage in the third edition includes:

  • Caloosahatchee/Charlotte Harbor ecosystem
  • Kissimmee headwaters, including the chain of lakes near Orlando
  • St. Lucie/Indian River estuary
  • Impact of invasive species on various south Florida ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture relative to the Everglades ecosystem and other south Florida areas
  • Progress and impacts of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
  • New chapter entitled Peripheral Ecosystems of the Everglades

This edition maintains Lodge's trademark style, making the book appealing to students, the general public, scientists, and managers. A bestseller in each edition since its publication in 1994, this is quite possibly the most attractive, readable science book available on the Everglades.

Thomas Lodge was interviewed by the Florida International University student media regarding his appearance at the Miami Book Fair International. He is also featured in a Miami Herald article highlighting Florida authors and their participation in the event.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439802625
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/16/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 516,492
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Lodge, Ph.D., is a self-employed ecologist. He has led numerous environmental projects directly relating to the Everglades, including the development of methodology for evaluating the ecological function of historic Everglades wetlands. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Tropical Audubon Society and was an appointed member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Multi-Species Ecosystem Restoration Team, which assists in Everglades restoration strategies dealing with listed species. He has also been an invited faculty, teaching South Florida ecology at Florida International University, where the first and second editions of The Everglades Handbook have been used regularly as a course text since 1994.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Lodge has a B.A. with a major and departmental honors in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University (1966) and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami in Florida (1974). In graduate school, Dr. Lodge became fascinated with the Everglades, both academically and personally. In addition to publishing magazine articles on the Everglades, he wrote and directed an educational film (The Everglades Region, An Ecological Study, John Wiley and Sons, 1973), and published on the fishes of the region. After receiving his Ph.D., he became an environmental consultant, specializing in wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. From 1996 to 1998, he was director of the Kampong, a botanical garden and former home of Dr. David Fairchild. His personal interest in the region has outweighed his professional activities. For over 35 years he has been a regular observer and photographer of Everglades wildlife.

Table of Contents

An Ecosystem Overview—What Is (or Are?) the Everglades?

A Unique and Valuable Ecosystem
Terms and Definitions
South Florida Climate and Weather
The Historic Everglades Region
Origin and Evolution of the Everglades
The Everglades in Space and Time
Florida, Geologic Time, and Plate Tectonics
Limestone and Aquifers
Emergence of Land on the Florida Platform: The Peninsula
Sea Level, Climate, and the Birth of the Everglades
Freshwater Marshes
Marsh Vegetation and Plant Communities
Ridge-and-Slough Landscape and Water Flow
Hydrology of Everglades Peatlands
Marsh Soils
Water Quality
Weather and Fire
Tree Islands
Size and Location of Everglades Tree Islands
Kinds of Tree Islands: The Vernacular Names
Tree Island Formation
Tree Island Moats
Pond Apple (Custard Apple)
Integrity of Tree Islands
Tropical Hardwood Hammocks
The Hammock Environment
Tree Height
The Strangler Fig
Hammocks, Fire, and Succession
Unpleasant Aspects of Hammocks
Hammocks and Wildlife
Pinelands and Fire
South Florida Pine Rockland and Endemic Species
Pinelands in South Florida Ecological History
The Big Cypress Swamp
Public Conservation Units and Native American Lands
Surface Waters of the Big Cypress Region
Geology and Soils
Big Cypress Vegetation
Hydrology of Big Cypress Plant Communities
Integrity of the Big Cypress
Mangrove Swamps
Kinds and Characteristics of Mangroves
Mangrove Swamps and Everglades Wildlife
Mangrove Swamps and Marine Fisheries
Mangrove Swamps and Soil-Building
Legal Protection of Mangroves
Visiting A Mangrove Swamp
Coastal Lowland Vegetation ... and Hurricanes!
Impacts of Hurricane Andrew on the Everglades
Hurricane Frequency and Environmental Impact in Southern Florida
Impacts of Hurricane Donna
The Hurricane Legacy: Coastal Lowland Vegetation
The White Zone—A Hurricane-Prone Landscape
Hurricanes and Glacial Cycles
Coastal Estuarine and Marine Waters
Florida Bay: A Geologist’s Classroom
Florida Bay as Part of Everglades Restoration
Oysters and Mangrove Swamps
Historic Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Environments
Marine Transgression and the Future of Mangrove Swamps
Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Headwaters
The Lake Okeechobee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee’s Discovery and Name
Origin of Lake Okeechobee and its Basin
The Predrainage Lake
Beginnings of the Modern Lake: Hamilton Disston and the State of Florida
Federal Involvement: From the Okeechobee Waterway to the C&SF Project
Lake Okeechobee’s Water Levels: Nature Versus Regulation Schedules
Vegetation and Wildlife
Water Quality
Peripheral Ecosystems of the Everglades
The Caloosahatchee and Charlotte Harbor
The St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon
The St. Lucie River-Southern Indian River Lagoon Watershed
The Loxahatchee Slough and Loxahatchee River
The Lake Worth Lagoon
Biscayne Bay and its Coastal Wetlands
Origins of the Flora and Fauna
Tropical versus Subtropical
Elements of the Flora
Origin of the Tropical Flora
Origin of the Temperate Flora
Origins of the Fauna
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrates
Freshwater Invertebrates
Terrestrial Invertebrates
Importance of Invertebrates
Freshwater Fishes
Primary Freshwater Fishes
Secondary Freshwater Fishes
Peripheral Freshwater Fishes
The Florida Gar
Introduced Fishes
Freshwater Fishes and the Food Chain
The Fisherman’s Perspective
Marine and Estuarine Fishes
Diversity of Marine and Estuarine Fishes
Game Fishes
Threatened and Endangered Species
Importance of the Region’s Marine and Estuarine Fishes
The Importance of Amphibians
Reptiles of the Everglades Region
The American Alligator
The American Crocodile
Land Mammals of the Everglades
Marine Mammals
Breeding Land Birds
Breeding Waterbirds
Feeding Behavior of Wading Birds
Wading-Bird Rookeries
Threatened and Endangered Birds
A Contest of Beauty
Synthesis—Ecological Relationships and Processes in the Everglades Region
Food Chains and Food Webs
Man and the Everglades
Native Americans and the Everglades
Hydrology, Land Use, and the C&SF Project
The Development of South Florida
Ecological Effects of Altered Hydrology on the Everglades: A Summary
Everglades Water Quality Issues
Changes in Wildlife
Off-Road Vehicles
Solving the Problems: Everglades Restoration
Restoration and the Endangered Species Act
Restoration versus Climate Change and Rising Sea Level
The Short-Term Prognosis: The Next Decade
The Long-Term View

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