Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates

Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates

2nd Edition - April 9, 2001

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  • Editors: James Thorp, Alan Covich
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080530673

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The First Edition of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates has been immensely popular with students and researchers interested in freshwater biology and ecology, limnology, environmental science, invertebrate zoology, and related fields. The First Edition has been widely used as a textbook and this Second Edition should continue to serve students in advanced classes. The Second Edition features expanded and updated chapters, especially with respect to the cited references and the classification of North American freshwater invertebrates. New chapters or substantially revised chapters include those on freshwater ecosystems, snails, aquatic spiders, aquatic insects, and crustaceans.

Key Features

  • Most up-to-date and informative text of its kind
  • Written by experts in the ecology of various invertebrate groups, coverage emphasizes ecological information within a current taxonomic framework
  • Each chapter contains both morphological and taxonomic information, including keys to North American taxa (usually to the generic level) as well as bibliographic information and a list of further readings
  • The text is geared toward researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students


Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff at universiities and consulting companies interested in freshwater biology and ecology, limnology, envionmental science, invertebrate zoology and related fields

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1072
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: April 9, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080530673

About the Editors

James Thorp

James Thorp
Dr James Thorp was senior editor (with Alan Covich) for the prior editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, which has developed into a multi-volume, global work for this edition. He also published in 2008 The Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis (Thorp, Thoms, and Delong) and Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America in 2011 (Thorp and Rogers). He has contributed and authored approximately 100 chapters, books, and publications in journals (e.g., BioScience, Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Freshwater Science, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Oecologia, Oikos, River Research and Applications, and River Systems). He is on the Editorial Boards for River Research and Applications and River Systems; former Assoc. Editor of Freshwater Invertebrate Biology (now Freshwater Science) and has reviewed multiple journal articles and books along with grant proposals for NSF, DOE, EPA, etc.; NSF and EPA panel member. He has been assisting the EPA as an Expert intermittently since 2008, is a former Assoc Director for the Center for Environmental Management at Clarkson and a Past President for the International Society for River Science. This book will be the fifth edition of Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, KS, USA

Alan Covich

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Fort Collins, U.S.A.

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