The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands by Arnold G. van der Valk

The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands

byArnold G. van der Valk

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Global wetlands exhibit significant differences in both hydrology and species composition and range from moss-dominated arctic peatlands to seasonally-flooded tropical floodplains. They are increasingly recognized for the important services that they provide to both the environment and humansociety such as wildlife and fish production, nutrient filtering, and carbon sequestration. A combination of low oxygen levels and dense plant canopies present particular challenges for organisms living in this aquatic habitat. This concise textbook discusses the universal environmental and biological features of wetland habitats, with an emphasis on wetland plants and animals and theiradaptations. It also describes the functional features of wetlands - primary production, litter decomposition, food webs, and nutrient cycling - and their significance locally and globally. The future of wetlands is examined, including the potential threats of global climate change and invasivespecies, as well as their restoration and creation.This new edition maintains the structure and style of the first, but is fully updated throughout with new chapters on invasive species, restoration/creation, global climate change, and the value of wetlands.

About The Author

Dr. Arnold van der Valk is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. He has done research on a variety of wetlands in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. His primary research interests are the dynamics of wetland vegetation, wetlands as nutrients sinks, and landscape...
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Title:The Biology of Freshwater WetlandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199608954

ISBN - 13:9780199608959

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Water and soil3. Microorganisms and invertebrates4. Wetland plants and animals5. Spatial and temporal patterns6. Wetland functions7. Invasive species8. Restoration and creation9. Global climate change10. The value and future of wetlandsGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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Review from previous edition: "van der Valk has provided us with a great, well-balanced, educational book that deals with a very complex ecosystem. It will certainly inspire future readers to delve further into the intricacies of wetland ecosystems and motivate them to be more observant inthe field." --Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, June 2006