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Wetlands

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 173–175 | Cite as

Silliman, B. R., E. D. Grosholz, and M. D. Bertness (ed.) Human Impacts on Salt Marshes: A Global Perspective

University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2009, 432 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), ISBN 0520258924
  • Scott C. NeubauerEmail author
Book Review

“The state of our marshes is not good!” claim Brian Silliman, Edwin Grosholz, and Mark Bertness at the end of their edited book Human impacts on salt marshes: A global perspective. As I sit here writing this review, I can look out my window and see some of the expansive North Inlet salt marsh and I am skeptical. The cordgrass is growing well this year, perhaps helped along by the freshwater dumped from the regular summer thunderstorms that have played havoc with my field work. Water column nutrient concentrations are again low, which is usual for this well-flushed, ocean-dominated system. My vertebrate-loving colleagues tell me that there are plenty of fish (and dolphins, and sharks) in the tidal creeks. Everything is as it should be. But wait! Is that a small dieback area over there? And I think I see some Phragmitesat the edge of the marsh. Are those periwinkles just hanging out or are they secretly plotting to mow down the entire marsh? Such is the paranoia that can grip a fellow...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baruch Marine Field LaboratoryUniversity of South CarolinaGeorgetownUSA

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