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Ecology of Marine Deposit Feeders

Ecology of Marine Deposit Feeders

G. Lopez (Editor), G. Taghon (Editor), J. Levinton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66938-9

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

322 pages

Select type: O-Book


Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies Series, Volume 31.

Most of the seabed throughout the world's oceans is covered with sediment. Sediments are a complex mixture of organic and inorganic materials derived from marine and terrestrial sources. A diverse array of organisms live in sediments, and by far the majority of them derive their nutrition from the organic matter present in the sedimentary deposit. These "deposit feeders" have been studied from a variety of perspectives, ranging from their contribution to the decomposition and remineralization of organic matter reaching the sediments, to their importance as food items to commercially important fishery resources.

In this book, the basic goal of the contributing authors has been to identify the critical research problems pertaining to deposit feeders, and to suggest promising approaches for dealing with those problems. In many cases, the reader will find that the problems and possible solutions discussed in the study of marine deposit feeders have applications to other organisms which face the same general problem of obtaining sufficient nutritional resources from food-poor environments. It is also apparent that much future research on deposit feeders will depend on the integration of such disparate areas of research as nutritional physiology and sediment geochemistry.

Chapter 1. Deposit Feeding and Coastal Oceanography
Jeffrey S. Levinton  1

Chapter 2. Examining Relationships Between Organic Carbon Flux and Deep-Sea Deposit Feeding
Robert S. Carney  24

Chapter 3. Early Diagenesis of Organic Matter and and the Nutritional Value of Sediment
Donald L. Rice and Donald C. Rhoads  59

Chapter 4. The Nature and Determination of Non-Living Sedimentary Organic Matter as a Food Source for Deposit Feeders
Lawrence M. Mayer  98

Chapter 5. Digestion Theory Applied to Deposit Feeding
Peter A. Jumars and Deborah L. Penry  114

Chapter 6. Time-Dependent Absorption in Deposit Feeders
Lars Kofoed, Valery Forbes, and Glenn Lopez  129

Chapter 7. Radiotracer Methods for Determining Utilization of Sedimentary Organic Matter by Deposit Feeders
Glenn Lopez, Pitiwong Tantichodok, and I-Jiunn Cheng  149

Chapter 8. The Importance of Size-Dependent Processes in the Ecology of Deposit-Feeding Benthos
Thomas L. Forbes  171

Chapter 9. The Relationship Between Ingestion Rate of Deposit Feeders and Sediment Nutritional Value
Leon M. Canmien  201

Chapter 10. Modeling Deposit Feeding
Gary L. Taghon  223

Chapter 11. The Effects of Sediment Transport and Deposition on Infauna: Results Obtained in a Specially Designed Flume
Arthur R.M. Nowell, Peter A. Jumars, R.F.L. Self, and John B. Southard  247

Chapter 12. Small-Scale Features of Marine Sediments and Their Importance to the Study of Deposit Feeding
Les Watling  269

Chapter 13. On Some Mechanistic Approaches to the Study of Deposit Feeding in Polychaetes
Robert B. Whitlatch  291

Chapter 14. Some Ecological Perspectives in the Study of the Nutrition of Deposit Feeders
Kenneth R. Tenore  309

Index 319