Methods in Stream Ecology, Two Volume Set

Methods in Stream Ecology, Two Volume Set

Ecosystem Structure (Volume 1) and Ecosystem Function (Volume 2)

3rd Edition - October 25, 2017

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  • Editors: F. Hauer, Gary Lamberti
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128152324

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Methods in Stream Ecology: Third Edition, Volume 1 (Ecosystem Structure) and Volume 2 (Ecosystem Function), provides a complete series of field and laboratory protocols in stream and river ecology that are ideal for teaching or conducting research. This new two-part edition is updated to reflect recent advances in the technology associated with ecological assessment of streams, including remote sensing and molecular approaches. Volume 1 covers physical processes, stream biota, and community interactions. Volume 2 covers organic matter dynamics, ecosystem processes, and ecosystem assessment. This new edition is essential for all students and researchers in stream and river ecology, freshwater biology, coastal ecology and watershed ecology. This book is also supportive as a supplementary text for courses in watershed ecology/science, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and landscape ecology.

Key Features

  • Provides a variety of basic and advanced exercises in each chapter
  • Includes detailed instructions, illustrations, formulae and data sheets for laboratory and in-field research for students
  • Presents taxonomic keys to common stream fishes, invertebrates, bryophytes, and algae
  • Includes website with electronic spreadsheets and downloadable figures for class presentations
  • Written by leading international experts in stream ecology


Faculty, graduate students, researchers, consultants, advanced undergraduates, federal, state and local government officials interested in and responsible for stream evaluation and monitoring

Table of Contents

  • Section A. Physical Processes
    1. Riverscapes
    2. Valley Segments, Stream Reaches, and Channel Units
    3. Discharge Measurements and Streamflow Analysis
    4. Dynamics of Flowing Water
    5. Fluvial Geomorphic Processes
    6. Temperature

    7. Light
    8. Hyporheic Zones

    Section B. Stream Biota
    9. Heterotrophic Bacteria Production and Microbial Community Assessment
    10. Fungi: Biomass, Production, and Community Structure
    11. Benthic Stream Algae: Distribution and Structure
    12. Biomass and Pigments of Benthic Algae
    13. Macrophytes and Bryophytes
    14. Meiofauna
    15. Macroinvertebrates
    16. Fish Assemblages
    17. Amphibians and Reptiles

    Section C. Community Interactions
    18. Invertebrate Consumer–Resource Interactions
    19. Macroconsumer–Resource Interactions
    20. Trophic Relationships of Macroinvertebrates
    21. Macroinvertebrate Drift, Adult Insect Emergence and Oviposition
    22. Trophic Relations of Stream Fishes

    Section D. Organic Matter Dynamics
    23. Stable Isotopes in Stream Food Webs 
    24. Dissolved Organic Matter 
    25. Transport and Storage of Fine Particulate Organic Matter 
    26. Coarse Particulate Organic Matter: Storage, Transport, and Retention 
    27. Leaf-Litter Breakdown 
    28. Riparian Processes and Interactions 
    29. Dynamics of Wood

    Section E. Ecosystem Processes
    30. Conservative and Reactive Solute Dynamics
    31. Nutrient Limitation and Uptake 
    32. Nitrogen Transformations 
    33. Phosphorus Limitation, Uptake, and Turnover in Benthic Stream Algae 
    34. Stream Metabolism
    35. Secondary Production and Quantitative Food Webs
    36. Elemental Content of Stream Biota 

    Section F. Ecosystem Assessment
    37. Ecological Assessment With Benthic Algae 
    38. Macroinvertebrates as Biotic Indicators of Environmental Quality
    39. Environmental Quality Assessment Using Stream Fishes
    40. Establishing Cause-Effect Relationships in Multistressor Environments  

Product details

  • No. of pages: 886
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: October 25, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128152324

About the Editors

F. Hauer

F. Richard (Ric) Hauer, is Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) and Professor of Stream Ecology at the Flathead Lake Biological Station where he taught Stream Ecology for >25 years. His major research interests encompass the broad, interdisciplinary field of ecosystem ecology with focus on freshwaters, especially running waters and gravel-bed river floodplains and wetlands. The breadth of his research spans from physical processes of sediment transport and groundwater/surface water interactions to aquatic insect life histories and ecosystem assessment. He is particularly interested in the application of remotely sensed data to understanding biophysical processes of floodplain ecology. To this end, he pilots his own airplane in the acquisition of digital imagery used to evaluate the landscape scale linkages between hydrology, geomorphology and ecology in river and floodplain ecosystems. Dr. Hauer has conducted his research around the eastern Pacific-rim from Alaska to Patagonia; his primary research site being the transboundary Crown-of-the-Continent Ecosystem and the Flathead River of Montana and British Columbia. While it was the fascination with aquatic invertebrates, especially caddisflies, that captured his interest, it has been his love for streams and rivers as disproportionately important components of biodiversity of mountain landscapes that has maintained that passion. Dr. Hauer has published >100 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Science Advances, BioScience and Freshwater Science. In addition to his personal research, he has served at the national level in developing environmental policy and implementation of environmental assessment in the Clean Water Act working with both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US EPA. Ric is past-President of the international scientific society “Society for Freshwater Science.” At the University of Montana, Hauer held the Stream Ecology Endowed Chair at Flathead Lake Biological Station from 2000-2016 and received the university’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011. He is founding director of the university’s interdisciplinary sciences graduate program, Systems Ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Montana, Polson, Montana, USA

Gary Lamberti

Dr. Gary A. Lamberti is Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Stream and Wetland Ecology Laboratory (SWEL) at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches Biostatistics, Stream Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and a variety of topical graduate courses. His major research interests include (1) food web ecology of streams and wetlands, ranging from microbes to fish; (2) the ecology of native and introduced Pacific salmon; and (3) the impacts of climate change, toxins, and invasive species on aquatic ecosystem function. He retains a fundamental love for aquatic invertebrates, which permeates all of his research. He has also successfully advised 27 M.S. and Ph.D. students to completion and countless undergraduates have conducted research in his laboratory. Dr. Lamberti has over 175 publications dealing with various aspects of aquatic ecology, and has co-edited the Elsevier book entitled Methods in Stream Ecology, now in its 3rd edition. At Notre Dame, he also directs the GLOBES Graduate Certificate Program in Environment and Society. Dr. Lamberti is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and past-President of the Society for Freshwater Science, an international society of aquatic ecologists.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

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