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The Ecology of Sandy Shores - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128094679, 9780128096987

The Ecology of Sandy Shores

3rd Edition

Authors: Anton McLachlan Omar Defeo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128094679
eBook ISBN: 9780128096987
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th September 2017
Page Count: 572
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The Ecology of Sandy Shores, Third Edition, provides both a holistic and conceptual introduction for beginners, while also presenting an in-depth and cutting-edge analysis for researchers interested in sandy shores. This new edition focuses on resource use, and has also been updated to include recent findings, enhanced illustrations, and additional coverage on beach fisheries and global/climate change. In addition, this release presents insights on food webs, greater coverage on global biodiversity patterns in sandy beaches, and new insights on population patterns, behavior and threats.

Research on beaches is difficult because of the dynamic nature of the environment. There is no other book covering the ecology of sandy beaches, despite the extent and economic importance of these systems. This book is designed to both provide the conceptual basis to introduce students to the basic principles of sandy shore ecology and to serve as a ready reference for doctoral students and researches working on these systems. It can also serve as a handbook for land and coastal managers.

Key Features

  • Fully updated edition of the preeminent book on sandy shores
  • Covers sandy shores from the perspective that they are a socioecological system
  • Represents the top resource on an enormous habitat that is important in every way—ecologically, environmentally, socially and economically


Scientists and researchers in environmental science, marine biology, coastal ecology, marine science, natural resource and coastal managers tasked with addressing sea level rise, zoning, conservation, fisheries

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Physical Environment
3. The Interstitial Environment
4. Beach and Surf-Zone Flora
5. Sandy Beach Invertebrates
6. Adaptations to Sandy Beach Life
7. Benthic Macrofauna Communities
8. Benthic Macrofauna Populations
9. Interstitial Ecology
10. Surf-Zone Zooplankton and Nekton
11. Other Marine and Terrestrial Vertebrates
12. Energetics and Nutrients Cycling
13. Coastal Dune Ecosystems and Dune/Beach Interactions
14. Fisheries
15. Human Impacts
16. Climate Change
17. Management and Conservation


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About the Authors

Anton McLachlan

Dr McLachlan has had a long and established career in beach ecology. He has worked around the world and has headed up multiple departments and research institutions including: the Director for the Institute for Coastal Research, Chair of the Dept. of Zoology and has held a number of Dean positions at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. He has over 90 publications to date.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Omar Defeo

Dr Defeo has been active in the field of marine sciences since receiving his PhD in 1993. His fields of interest are human impact in coastal marine communities and populations, stock assessment and management, population dynamics of exploited marine stocks and sandy beach ecology. He has won many awards for his research and consultancy work, including the 2010 Elsevier Scopus Prize for Uruguay. He has published over 130 works to date.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Sciences, Montevideo, Uruguay

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