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Wetland Ecosystems

ISBN: 978-0-470-28630-2
256 pages
April 2009
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New focused text introduces readers to wetland ecosystems and systems approaches to studying wetlands

With its comprehensive coverage of wetland science, management, and restoration, Mitsch and Gosselink's Wetlands has been the premier reference on wetlands for more than two decades. Now, the coverage of specific wetland ecosystem types from earlier editions of this acclaimed work has been updated, revised, and supplemented with additional content in order to create this new text focusing exclusively on wetland ecosystems. This book now complements Wetlands, Fourth Edition.

Following an introduction to ecosystems in general and wetland ecosystems in particular, Wetland Ecosystems examines the major types of wetlands found throughout the world: coastal wetlands, freshwater marshes and forested swamps, and peatlands. The final chapter reviews three fundamental systems approaches to studying wetlands: mesocosms, full-scale experimental ecosystems, and mathematical modeling.

This new text features:

  • Updated descriptions of the hydrology, biogeochemistry, and biology of the main types of wetlands found in the world
  • New content introducing general ecosystems, wetland ecosystems, whole ecosystem and mesocosm experiments with wetlands, and systems ecology and modeling

  • A detailed description of the ecosystem services provided by wetlands

  • A broad international scope, including many examples of wetlands located outside North America

  • Two new coauthors offering new perspectives and additional insights into the latest ecosystem and modeling techniques

An abundance of illustrations helps readers understand how different biological communities and the abiotic environment in wetland ecosystems interact and function. Tables and text boxes provide at-a-glance summaries of key information. Lastly, each chapter concludes with a list of recommended readings.

This text has been designed as an introduction for students and professionals in wetland ecology and management, general ecology, environmental science, and natural resource management.

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Chapter 1: Introduction.


Wetland Ecosystems.

Importance of Wetland Ecosystems.

Chapter 2: Coastal Wetlands.

Tidal Salt Marshes.

Tidal Freshwater Wetlands.

Mangrove Wetlands.

Chapter 3: Freshwater Swamps and Marshes.

Freshwater Swamps.

Freshwater Marshes.

Chapter 4: Peatlands.

Geographic Extent.

Hydrology and Peatland Development.




Ecosystem Function.

Chapter 5: Ecosystem Approaches to Wetland Science.


Whole-Ecosystem Experimental Wetlands.

Freshwater Marshes.

Mathematical Models.


Appendix A. Odum Language Symbols.


General Index.

Organism Index.

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WILLIAM J. MITSCH, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and Director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mitsch has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award.

JAMES G. GOSSELINK, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. He has been awarded the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award.

CHRISTOPHER J. ANDERSON, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University.

LI ZHANG, PhD, is Assistant Director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University.

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