Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology

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`On balance this book will be a landmark for its intended audience, North American salt marsh ecosystem ecologist and a valuable resource for students and ecologists from other disciplines interested in learning about salt marsh ecology.
...I highly recommend this book to tidal marsh scientist and graduate students because it presently provides the best and the most up to date single source of information on tidal marsh ecology. '
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
`The book contains a tremendous amount of up to date information on salt marsh ecology and its an excellent reference for those interested in ecosystem-level processes in these systems '
Ecological Engineering 18:399-400 (2002)

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Tidal salt marshes are viewed as critical habitats for the production of fish and shellfish. As a result, considerable legislation has been promulgated to conserve and protect these habitats, and much of it is in effect today. The relatively young science of ecological engineering has also emerged, and there are now attempts to reverse centuries-old losses by encouraging sound wetland restoration practices. Today, tens of thousands of hectares of degraded or isolated coastal wetlands are being restored worldwide. Whether restored wetlands reach functional equivalency to 'natural' systems is a subject of heated debate.Equally debatable is the paradigm that depicts tidal salt marshes as the 'great engine' that drives much of the secondary production in coastal waters. This view was questioned in the early 1980s by investigators who noted that total carbon export, on the order of 100 to 200 g m-2 y-1 was of much lower magnitude than originally thought. These authors also recognized that some marshes were either net importers of carbon, or showed no net exchange. Thus, the notion of 'outwelling' has become but a single element in an evolving view of marsh function and the link between primary and secondary production. The 'revisionist' movement was launched in 1979 when stable isotopic ratios of macrophytes and animal tissues were found to be 'mismatched'.Some eighteen years later, the view of marsh function is still undergoing additional modification, and we are slowly unraveling the complexities of biogeochemical cycles, nutrient exchange, and the links between primary producers and the marsh/estuary fauna. Yet, since Teal's seminal paper nearly forty years ago, we are not much closer to understanding how marshes work. If anything, we have learned that the story is far more complicated than originally thought. Despite more than four decades of intense research, we do not yet know how salt marshes function as essential habitat, nor do we know the relative contributions to secondary production, both in situ or in the open waters of the estuary.The theme of this Symposium was to review the status of salt marsh research and revisit the existing paradigm(s) for salt marsh function. Challenge questions were designed to meet the controversy head on: do marshes support the production of marine transient species? If so, how? Are any of these species marsh obligates? How much of the production takes place in situ versus in open waters of the estuary/coastal zone? Sessions were devoted to reviews of landmark studies, or current findings that advance our knowledge of salt marsh function. A day was also devoted to ecological engineering and wetland restoration papers addressing state-of-the-art methodology and specific case histories. Several challenge papers arguing for and against our ability to restore functional salt marshes led off each session. This volume is intended to serve as a synthesis of our current understanding of the ecological role of salt marshes, and will, it is hoped, pave the way for a new generation of research.

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Descripción Kluwer Academic Publishers, United States, 2000. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 2000 ed.. 245 x 167 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In 1968 when I forsook horticulture and plant physiology to try, with the help of Sea Grant funds, wetland ecology, it didn t take long to discover a slim volume published in 1959 by the University of Georgia and edited by R. A. Ragotzkie, L. R. Pomeroy, J. M. Teal, and D. C. Scott, entitled Proceedings of the Salt Marsh Conference held in 1958 at the Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, Ga. Now forty years later, the Sapelo Island conference has been the major intellectual impetus, and another Sea Grant Program the major backer, of another symposium, the International Symposium: Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology . This one re-examines the ideas of that first conference, ideas that stimulated four decades of research and led to major legislation in the United States to conserve coastal wetlands. It is dedicated, appropriately, to two then young scientists - Eugene P. Odum and John M. Teal - whose inspiration has been the starting place for a generation of coastal wetland and estuarine research. I do not mean to suggest that wetland research started at Sapelo Island. In 1899 H. C. Cowles described successional processes in Lake Michigan freshwater marsh ponds.There is a large and valuable early literature about northern bogs, most of it from Europe and the former USSR, although Eville Gorham and R. L. Lindeman made significant contributions to the American literature before 1960. V. J. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780792360193

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