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Ecology of Aquatic Systems

Second Edition

Mike Dobson and Chris Frid

Publication Date - 30 January 2009

ISBN: 9780199297542

336 pages


With the global importance of aquatic systems becoming more apparent--and the need for effective management of these systems becoming increasingly clear--there has never been a more important time for students to fully grasp the fundamentals of aquatic systems. Ecology of Aquatic Systems is the ideal course companion to achieve this goal. This new edition brings together coverage of freshwater and marine systems to illustrate the principles and properties that unify aquatic systems. Using examples drawn from a wide geographical range, the book presents a broad survey of the field that acts as the ideal foundation for further study.

Opening with a review of the different types of aquatic systems, their interconnected nature, and the diversity of life within them, the book goes on to explore the key types of aquatic habitats, emphasizing the ecological themes that pervade each system.

Written with students in mind, Ecology of Aquatic Systems retains the succinct, lucid style for which the first edition was praised. It includes cross-references throughout, a substantial glossary, and extensive index to help readers engage with, and fully understand, the material presented.

New to this Edition

  • Enhanced coverage of coral reefs, salt lakes, mangroves, and salt marshes
  • New two-color text design, with revised two-color figures
  • New testbank of multiple-choice questions
  • Updated Online Resource Centre includes figures from the book in electronic format and a testbank of multiple-choice questions for instructors, and hyperlinks to literature articles cited in the text for students


  • The combined coverage of freshwater and marine ecology provides a uniquely balanced introduction to aquatic systems
  • Emphasizes the features shared by marine and freshwater systems, helping students to draw out common themes
  • Broad yet succinct coverage makes this the perfect text for an introductory course: the emphasis is on mastering the fundamental concepts, not being weighed down with detail
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for both lecturers and students, enhancing the value of this text as a teaching and learning tool

About the Author(s)

Mike Dobson is Director of the Freshwater Biological Association, Cumbria, UK.

Chris Frid is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 1998

Table of Contents

    1. The Global Water System
    2. Living in Aquatic Systems
    3. Rivers
    4. Estuaries
    5. Coastal Seas
    6. The Open Ocean
    7. Lakes and Ponds
    8. Wetlands
    9. The Aquatic System

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