The Biology of Streams and Rivers by Paul GillerThe Biology of Streams and Rivers by Paul Giller

The Biology of Streams and Rivers

byPaul Giller, Bjorn Malmqvist

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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Although they constitute less than 1% of the world's water, freshwaters play a vital role in life on Earth. Running water, or lotic, habitats comprise a tiny proportion of these freshwaters, yet they offer important resources and are rich and complex environments. This book provides anessential introduction to the biology and ecology of lotic habitats, and their constituent organisms. Rarely has the breadth and complexity of all aspects of the biology of streams and rivers been dealt with in a single volume. The aim of this book is to delve into the rich and growing literature,and to provide an up-to-date introduction to stream and river biology. It begins by outlining the factors that make running water habitats unique, and describing the many different water-course systems. The authors then outline the range of living organisms in lotic habitats, and the environmentaladaptations they exhibit. They discuss population, community, and ecosystem patterns and processes, such as energy flow, nutrient cycling, migration, food webs, and community structure. Each chapter includes practical information on simple studies and experiments for students to try. The bookfinishes with a discussion of applied issues surrounding water use, pollution, species diversity, and conservation of this fascinating and immensely important habitat.
Paul Giller, Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, University College Cork, Ireland. email: Bjorn Malmqvist, Umea University, Department of Animal Ecology, 901 87 Umea. email:
Title:The Biology of Streams and RiversFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198549776

ISBN - 13:9780198549772

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Runnning waters: a unique habitat2. Running water habitats3. The habitat templet4. Life in running waters5. Adaptations to life in running waters6. Energy and nutrients7. Movement and interaction8. Community patterns, diversity, and biogeography9. The use, abuse, and conservation of running watersStudies in running watersFurther readingReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

'I would strongly recommend this well_structured and accessible book to undergraduate students of freshwater biology both as an introductory text and as signpost to other more in-depth studies' Glasgow Naturalist