Freshwater Ecology - 2nd edition (Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology )

Walter K. Dodds and Matt R Whiles 
Academic Press  November 2010  

Hardback  829 pp  ISBN 9780123747242      £61.00
Expanded revision of Dodds' successful text.

  • New boxed sections provide more advanced material within the introductory, modular format of the first edition.
  • Basic scientific concepts and environmental applications featured throughout.
  • Added coverage of climate change, ecosystem function, hypertrophic habitats and secondary production.
  • Expanded coverage of physical limnology, groundwater and wetland habitats.
  • Expanded coverage of the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupters as freshwater pollutants
  • More on aquatic invertebrates, with more images and pictures of a broader range of organisms
  • Expanded coverage of the functional roles of filterer feeding, scraping, and shredding organisms, and a new section on omnivores.
  • Expanded appendix on standard statistical techniques
  • Supporting website with figures, extra material and exercises.

The Second Edition of Freshwater Ecology is broad, up-to-date treatment of everything from the basic chemical and physical properties of water to advanced unifying concepts of the community ecology and ecosystem relationships as found in continental waters. With 40% new and expanded coverage, this text covers applied and basic aspects of limnology, now with more emphasis on wetlands and reservoirs than in the previous edition. The authors take a synthetic approach to ecological problems, teaching students how to handle the challenges faced by contemporary aquatic scientists.

New to this edition:

  • 80 new and updated figures, including a section of color plates
  • 2 new chapters and expanded coverage throughout
  • 500 new and updated references
Of interest to undergraduate students taking courses in Freshwater Ecology and Limnology, introductory graduate students taking courses in Freshwater Ecology and Limnology


  • Why Study Continental Aquatic Systems?
  • Properties of Water; Movement of Light, Heat, and Chemicals in Water; Hydrology and Physiography of Groundwater Habitats
  • Hydrology and Physiography of Wetland Habitats; Physiography of Flowing Water
  • Lakes and Reservoirs: Physiography; Types of Aquatic Organisms
  • Microbes and Plants
  • Multicellular Animals
  • Evolution and Biodiversity of Freshwaters
  • Aquatic Chemistry Controlling Nutrient Cycling: Redox and O2; Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus, and Other Nutrients; Response to Stress, Toxic Chemicals and Other Pollutants on Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Unusual or Extreme Habitats and Related Human Stressors; Remineralization
  • Trophic State and Eutrophication; Behavior and Interactions Among Microorganisms and Invertebrates
  • Predation and Food Webs
  • Nonpredatory Interspecific Interactions Among Plants and Animals in Freshwater Communities; Complex Community Interactions
  • Fish Ecology And Fisheries
  • Freshwater Ecosystem
  • Conclusions
  • Glossary
  • Appendix: Experimental Design in Aquatic Ecology
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