Aquatic systems exhibit incredible diversity - from mountain streams to deep oceans, from lakes and ponds to the estuaries that link river and sea. Despite their distinct characters, however, these systems share common properties and, at the level of ecology, are not all that different after all. But how can this be?
Ecology of Aquatic Systems brings together coverage of freshwater and marine systems to illustrate the principles and properties that unify aquatic systems. Using examples drawn from a wide geographical range, the book presents a broad survey of the field that acts as the ideal foundation for further study.
Opening with a review of the different types of aquatic system and their interconnected nature, and the diversity of life within aquatic systems, the book goes on to explore the key types of aquatic habitat, emphasising the ecological themes that pervade each system.
Written with students in the centre of the frame, Ecology of Aquatic Systems retains the succinct, lucid style for which the first edition was praised, and includes cross-references throughout, a substantial glossary, and extensive index, to help readers engage with, and fully understand, the material presented.
With the global importance of aquatic systems becoming more apparent - and the need for effective management of these systems becoming increasingly clear - there has never been a more important time for students to fully grasp the fundamentals of aquatic systems. Ecology of Aquatic Systems is the ideal course companion to achieve this goal.
Online Resource Centre:
The Online Resource Centre features:
For registered adopters of the text:
- Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download;
- A testbank of multiple-choice questions, for use in formative or summative assessment
- Hyperlinks to literature articles cited in the text
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 755 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 15 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Review from previous edition In my view the main strength of this book is its success in bringing together the whole of aquatic ecology in sufficient depth and breadth. All this within some 200pp (edition 1) and with excellent graphics. * Jan Vermaat, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam *
The style is just right and provides a good balance of generality and specific case studies. The level is also good and the style doesn't rely too heavily on jargon, which makes the book accessible. I feel that the quality of descriptions of the various issues and case studies is excellent - very clear and concise. * Simon Rundle, School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth *