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Ecology of Atlantic Shorelines

Ecology of Atlantic Shorelines - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0878930562

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ISBN13: 978-0878930562
ISBN10: 0878930566
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Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
Published: 1999
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Ecology of Atlantic Shorelines - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0878930562

Mark D. Bertness

ISBN13: 978-0878930562
ISBN10: 0878930566
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

The Ecology of Atlantic Shorelinesis an introduction to the plant and animal communities on the Atlantic shores of North America. Written as a field guide to the physical and biological processes that generate pattern on Western Atlantic shorelines, it is intended for a wide audience ranging from undergraduate students and amateur naturalists to professionals in other disciplines.

The first four chapters are an introduction to various processes that shape assemblages of organisms on shorelines. The opening chapter examines the history of the Atlantic coast, tides, introduced species, and the role of water movement in shaping shoreline communities. "The Economy of the Shoreline" then discusses the production and consumption of resources in shoreline assemblages. The unusual reproductive problems faced by shoreline organisms and the important role played by recruitment in shaping these communities are explored in the third chapter. A final introductory chapter describes the biological processes that affect shoreline organisms once they have settled on the shore.

The final three chapters discuss the ecology of three habitat types that dominate the Atlantic coast-rocky shores, soft sediment beaches, and salt marshes. These chapters will prepare students and naturalists for visits to these habitats. Each chapter ends with a brief summary and list of suggested readings.

The Ecology of Atlantic Shorelineshas over 300 illustrations (including an eight-page, full-color insert), draws from over 700 references, and highlights key terms. It can serve as a text for courses in marine ecology, marine biology, shoreline or coastal ecology, and field ecology, as well as a supplemental text for invertebrate zoology and ecology course field trips.


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

1. The Setting

Continental Drift and the Age of the East Coast
Sea Level Change
Winter Ice
Barrier Islands
Species Origins and Invasions
Introduced Species
Tides
Waves
Water Movement: Effects on Shoreline Organisms


2. The Economy of the Shoreline: The Production and Consumption of Resources

Primary Productivity
Bottom-Up Control of Shoreline Communities
Top-Down Control of Shoreline Communities
Consumer Feeding Strategies
Foraging Decisions: What to Eat?
Prey Defenses: Avoiding Being Eaten


3. Reproduction and Recruitment of Shoreline Organisms

Fertilization
Types of Development
Problems Facing Planktonic Larvae
Factors Regulating the Recruitment of Pelagic Larvae
Effects of Variable Larval Supply: Supply-Side Ecology


4. Process and Pattern in Shoreline Communities

Zonation
Competitive Interactions
Positive Interactions
Consumer Effects
Interactions among the Forces that Shape Shoreline Communities
Natural Disturbance Processes
Mechanisms of Secondary Succession
Bioengineering


5. Rocky Shores

Rocky Intertidal Algae
Rocky Intertidal Herbivores
Predators on Rocky Shores
Stresses in Rocky Intertidal Habitats
Zonation
Conservation Issues


6. Soft-Sediment Habitats

The Physical Habitat
Tidal Flat Organisms
Zonation in Intertidal Soft-Substrate Habitats
Bioengineering by Vascular Plants in Soft-Sediment Habitats


7. Salt Marsh Communities

Marsh Development
Marsh Plant Zonation
Physical Stresses on Marsh Plants
Competition among Marsh Plants
Positive Feedback in Marsh Plant Communities
Disturbance in Marsh Plant Communities
Secondary Succession in Marsh Plant Communities
Marsh Production and Its Effect on Estuarine Habitats
Animals of Salt Marshes
Predators
Marshes as Nursery Grounds
Marsh Conservation



Glossary
Bibliography


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