The only text in this field that provides a comprehensive treatment of all relevant topics
Written with the express goal of being accessible to students with only modest backgrounds in ecology and aquatic sciences. The First Edition was widely praised for its readability – students liked the writing because they could easily follow it – and that emphasis is retained
Thoroughly updated to include the major advances in stream ecology developed in the last 10 years
States principles clearly and succinctly, but includes well-chosen examples that enrich the concepts and provide insights into how studies are conducted in the lab or the field, and where there is controversy or uncertainty
Will appeal to those interested in fundamental principles and to those looking for applications to real-world problems
Every chapter received thorough reviews from at least two specialists to ensure accuracy as well as inclusion of the most important examples
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Table of contents (14 chapters)
About this book
Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters is designed to serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and as a reference source for specialists in stream ecology and related fields. The Second Edition is thoroughly updated and expanded to incorporate significant advances in our understanding of environmental factors, biological interactions, and ecosystem processes, and how these vary with hydrological, geomorphological, and landscape setting.
The broad diversity of running waters – from torrential mountain brooks, to large, lowland rivers, to great river systems whose basins occupy sub-continents – makes river ecosystems appear overwhelming complex. A central theme of this book is that although the settings are often unique, the processes at work in running waters are general and increasingly well understood.
Even as our scientific understanding of stream ecosystems rapidly advances, the pressures arising from diverse human activities continue to threaten the health of rivers worldwide. This book presents vital new findings concerning human impacts, and the advances in pollution control, flow management, restoration, and conservation planning that point to practical solutions.
Reviews of the first edition:
".. an unusually lucid and judicious reassessment of the state of stream ecology"
"..provides an excellent introduction to the area for advanced undergraduates and graduate students…" Limnology & Oceanography
"… a valuable reference for all those interested in the ecology of running waters."
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
- ecosystem processes
- nutrient cycling
From the reviews of the second edition:
"There is a continual need for current introductory material in key ecological areas. … This is an interesting text. It has a wealth of detail … that means it is for the more ‘advanced’ beginner. … However, it does provide both teachers and field study centres with a much-needed overview of stream ecology. … Overall, a must for the field centre and a good starter text in stream ecology." (TEN News, October, 2007)
"Allan and Castillo offer this superb compilation of both the latest and time-honored concepts of the ecology of fluvial systems at scales ranging from small mountain brooks to large, continental- sized river basins. Richly illustrated and with more than 1,500 reference citations, the book is divided into 14 chapters … . Best of all, the book is written in a lively, engaging manner and with remarkable clarity, given the technical nature of the material. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (P. R. Pinet, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (7), 2008)
"The second edition of the book ‘Stream Ecology’ covers the key ecological factors and processes in a very variable ecosystem … . I recommend ‘Stream Ecology’ to people with knowledge of the basics of ecology, e.g., graduates and advanced undergraduates … . To my knowledge, there is no other book available, which gives such a good overview of the issue. One gets a very good, fluidly readable book which contains the latest key scientific knowledge of the ecology of running waters." (Daniel Graeber, International Review of Hydrobiology, Vol. 94 (2), 2009)
Authors and Affiliations
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
J. David Allan
Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
Marí M. Castillo
Book Title: Stream Ecology
Book Subtitle: Structure and function of running waters
Authors: J. David Allan, Marí M. Castillo
Publisher: Springer Dordrecht
eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2007
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-5582-9Published: 23 July 2007
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4020-5583-6Published: 17 August 2007
Edition Number: 2
Number of Pages: XIV, 436
Number of Illustrations: 300 b/w illustrations
Topics: Ecology, Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Environmental Management, Ecosystems, Applied Ecology