Freshwater Ecology

Freshwater Ecology

Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology

3rd Edition - April 3, 2019

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  • Authors: Walter Dodds, Matt Whiles
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132562
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128132555

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Freshwater Ecology, Third Edition, covers everything from the basic chemical and physical properties of water, to the advanced and unifying concepts of community ecology and ecosystem relationships found in continental waters. Giving students a solid foundation for both courses and future fieldwork, and updated to include key issues, including how to balance ecological and human health needs, GMOs, molecular tools, fracking, and a host of other environmental issues, this book is an ideal resource for both students and practitioners in ecology and related fields.

Key Features

  • Winner of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award (College) (Texty) from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association
  • Provides an updated revision of this classic text, covering both basic scientific concepts and environmental applications
  • Includes additional biography boxes with greater cultural diversity of the featured scientists
  • Covers expanded content on developing nations, ecosystem goods and services, properties of water, global change, impacts of fracking, molecular tools for classification and identification of aquatic organisms, a discussion of emergent diseases and aquatic habitats, and more


Undergraduate students taking courses in Freshwater Ecology and Limnology. Introductory graduate students taking courses in Freshwater Ecology and Limnology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Why study continental aquatic systems?
    2. Properties of water
    3. Movement of light, heat and chemicals in water
    4. Hydrologic cycle and physiography of groundwater habitats
    5. Hydrology and physiography of wetland habitats
    6. Physiography of flowing water
    7. Lakes and reservoirs: physiography
    8. Types of Aquatic Organisms
    9. Microbes and plants
    10. Multicellular animals
    11. Evolution of organisms and biodiversity of freshwater measures of diversity
    12. Aquatic chemistry and factors controlling nutrient cycling: Redox and O2
    13. Carbon
    14. Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus and other nutrients
    15. Unusual or extreme habitats
    16. Response to stress, toxic chemicals and other pollutants in aquatic ecosystems
    17. Nutrient use and remineralization
    18. Trophic state and eutrophication
    19. Behavior and interactions among microorganisms and invertebrates
    20. Predation and food webs
    21. Nonpredatory interspecific interactions among plants
    22. Complex community interactions
    23. Fish ecology and fisheries
    24. Freshwater ecosystems
    25. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 998
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: April 3, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132562
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128132555

About the Authors

Walter Dodds

Walter. K. Dodds received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1986 from the University of Oregon. From 1987 to 1990 he was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Montana State University. In 1990 he accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, in 1995 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2002 to full Professor. Over the years, Dodds has taught Limnology, Advanced Aquatic Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Principles of Biology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Problems, Origins of Life, Herbivory, Presentations in Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Stream Ecology, Algal Identification, Algal Ecology, Bacteriology and Freshwater Biology. He has professional memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Society of Microbiology, the North American Benthological Society, the Phycological Society of America and Sigma Xi. Dodds has grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He has been involved in the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and provides leadership for the Konza LTER Aquatic and Hydrological Group and the Konza LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Dodds’ recent research has focused on Aquatic Ecology on Konza Prairie, Nitrogen Uptake Retention and Cycling in Stream Ecosystems, Quality and Quantity of Suspended Solids in Kansas Rivers, and Nutrients and Algae in Streams. Dodds has been invited to present seminars at over 20 US agencies and universities, as well as agencies and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences and has produced over 80 peer reviewed publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Division of Biology, Kansas State University

Matt Whiles

Affiliations and Expertise

Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

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  • JohnRichardson Tue Jan 07 2020

    Freshwater Ecology, 3rd Edition

    Top notch text by two of the current leaders in the field.