The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences (Hardback)
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The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences (Hardback)

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Hardback 686 Pages / Published: 30/09/2010
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This much revised and expanded edition provides a valuable and detailed summary of the many uses of diatoms in a wide range of applications in the environmental and earth sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of diatoms in analysing ecological problems related to climate change, acidification, eutrophication, and other pollution issues. The chapters are divided into sections for easy reference, with separate sections covering indicators in different aquatic environments. A final section explores diatom use in other fields of study such as forensics, oil and gas exploration, nanotechnology, and archaeology. Sixteen new chapters have been added since the first edition, including introductory chapters on diatom biology and the numerical approaches used by diatomists. The extensive glossary has also been expanded and now includes over 1,000 detailed entries, which will help non-specialists to use the book effectively.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521509961
Number of pages: 686
Weight: 2110 g
Dimensions: 282 x 225 x 36 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'I'd recommend this book to all students doing diatom research. It is an excellent source for basic information ... The bibliography at the end of each chapter is excellent ... [The book] could also be used as a textbook for a course on diatoms.' Diatom Research
'... this is an excellent work and I commend the editors and authors for developing and now expanding on a comprehensive and coherent book that makes clear that diatom science will continue to grow for the next generation of scientists.' The Holocene
From the First Edition: "An inspirational volume that will be valuable in courses in environmental biology and geography, at the undergraduate and graduate level. It will also provide useful ammunition for embattled phycologists, unable to avoid the ever increasing irritating demands to show that their work has immediate 'relevance'. The epilogue should be Edinburgh Journal of Botany
From the First Edition: "This book can warmly be recommended to a wide variety of readers. Diatomologists as a handy survey, environmental monitors, freshwater biologists and phycologists as a source of immeasurable useful knowledge, biology university teachers as a source of facts and inspiration. The book is well made; editors, authors and publishers can share the credit." Nordic Journal of Botany
From the First Edition: "This book constitutes a well-organized and comprehensive review on the use of diatoms in environmental and earth sciences in recent decades, and is a well-referenced resource...The book is an essential resource for all students and investigators who have interest in diatoms and the environmental sciences, both for modern studies and for historical applications. It is well worth the price..." Journal of Paleolimnology
From the First Edition: "This book provides a very useful overview of all potential applications of diatoms to environmental problems." Journal of Phycology
"With this book-all of whose chapters are of high quality-it can be fairly said that environmental diatom analysis has come of age." Holocene
From the First Edition: "This book is packed with information on the many uses of diatoms in the Earth and environmental sciences, and is an essential volume for Quarternary and environmental scientists." The Quarterly Review of Biology
From the First Edition: "an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in diatoms, particularly students, who will appreciate its thorough reviews and wealth of literature citations. Its synthesis of techniques, ideas, and viewpoints move diatom science strongly into the 21st century." American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
"The editors and contributors should be given much credit for greatly enhancing what was already a good summary of the application of diatoms to the environmental and earth sciences. The glossary, list of abbreviations and acronyms is also very useful for the non-specialist. This volume also holds interest for established researchers, providing an updated quick reference point on many topics and extensive citations to the wealth of diatom literature, valuable for both teaching and research... Libraries everywhere should update from the first edition and hold a copy, if not more than one." Natasha Barlow, Quaternary Science Reviews
"the second edition of The Diatoms, Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences, should be something of a compulsory purchase for diatomists, and is a valuable reference text for postgraduate and undergraduate students. With its emphasis on environmental issues of global concern, it should also succeed in being of appeal more generally to scientists and practitioners in the aquatic and environmental sciences. We look forward to the third edition in due course." J. M. Reed, Journal of Paleolimnology
"All of the chapters have been rewritten and brought up to date... extremely useful glossary... this book must - like its predecessor - be warmly recommended, of course to diatomologists and environmental managers, but also to other biologists and to geologists, as a source of high knowledge and inspiration." Nordic Journal of Botany
"I'd recommend this book to all students doing diatom research. It is an excellent source for basic information about many aspects of diatom research. The bibliography at the end of each chapter is excellent beginning source for literature on that particular subject. I personally found the book to be very useful and would recommend that it be added to your collection. It could also be used as a textbook for a course on diatoms." Karen K. Serieyssol, Diatom Research
"This book is an essential resource for many researchers and students who work in the field of modern and historical diatom-based environmental studies, because the existing books focused on diatoms (e.g., Round et al. 1990, Seckbach and Kociolek 2011) or on algae in general (e.g., Stevenson et al. 1996, Wehr and Sheath 2003) scarcely touch selected aspects of diatom applications. Smol and Stoermer's book presents an updated, well-referenced, and thorough review on the wide range of diatom applications, summarizing effectively the rapidly increased number of publications in the past decade, which prompted the editors, as they note, to ``undertake a major revision of the first edition.'' The book content is nearly doubled, including 16 new chapters and many new coauthors that contributed to the excellent scientific quality of the second edition. As a result, the overview of diatom habitats has been expanded with ecosystems that deserve more attention because of their unique diatom biodiversity, such as ancient lakes, wetlands, peatlands, shallow lakes, coral reefs, and tropical marine lakes. New fascinating topics are elucidated, for instance diatoms as nonnative species and diatoms in nanotechnology. The comprehensive coverage of topics as well as thorough reviews and a wealth of literature citations will be appreciated by all users of the second edition." Rosalina Stancheva and Robert G. Sheath, Journal of Phycology
"this is an excellent work and I commend the editors and authors for developing, and now expanding on a comprehensive and coherent book that makes clear that diatom science will continue to grow for the next generation of scientists." Reed Scherer, Northern Illinois University for The Holocene

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