Limnoecology: The Ecology of Lakes and Streams

Paperback | August 3, 2007

byWinfried Lampert, Ulrich Sommer

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This concise, readable introduction to limnology (the science of investigating the structure and function of inland waters), places the subject in the context of modern ecology. Unlike most ecological textbooks, which use examples taken almost exclusively from terrestrial systems, this bookintegrates the fields of limnology and ecology by presenting empirical data drawn entirely from freshwater ecosystems in order to advance ecological theories (limnoecology).This second edition builds upon the strengths of the first with the structure of the book following the same hierarchical concept of ecology, from habitat properties, individuals, populations, coupled populations and communities to ecosystems. However, it has been thoroughly revised throughout toincorporate findings from new technologies and methods (notably the rapid development of molecular genetic methods and stable isotope techniques) that have allowed a rapid and ongoing development of the field. There is a new emphasis on food webs, species diversity and ecosystem functioning, climatechange, and conservation management. Key ecological questions are examined in the light of the latest experimental evidence. Throughout the text evolutionary theory is applied to an understanding of freshwater ecosystems, thereby filling a niche between traditional limnology and evolutionaryecology.This accessible text is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in limnology, freshwater ecology, and aquatic biology as well as the many professional limnologists, ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise but authoritative overview of the topic

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This concise, readable introduction to limnology (the science of investigating the structure and function of inland waters), places the subject in the context of modern ecology. Unlike most ecological textbooks, which use examples taken almost exclusively from terrestrial systems, this bookintegrates the fields of limnology and ecology...

Winfried Lampert is Director Emeritus at Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Ploen, Germany, and is a Honorary Professor at the University of Kiel. He received the Naumann-Thienemann medal of the International Society of Limnology in 1995. Before his appointment to the Max Planck Society he worked at the universities at Freiburg, Cons...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.67 inPublished:August 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199213933

ISBN - 13:9780199213931

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Table of Contents

1. Ecology and Evolution2. Methods of Ecological Research3. Special Features of Aquatic Habitats4. The Individual in its Habitat5. Populations6. Interactions7. Communities8. Ecosystem Perspectives9. Final Remarks

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"This second edition has been updated with new examples, with well-integrated sections that reflect recent advances using stable isotopes, ecological stoichiometry, and molecular genetics, and with coverage of important topics that have emerged since the first edition (e.g., effects of climate change). This is an excellent introduction to what is arguably Earth's most valuable resource." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 83