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The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests

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Beschreibung

The largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface in lush canopies, giant kelp provides an extensive vertical habitat in a largely two-dimensional seascape. It is the foundation for one of the most species-rich, productive, and widely distributed ecological communities in the world. Schiel and Foster's scholarly review and synthesis take the reader from Darwin's early observations to contemporary research, providing a historical perspective for the modern understanding of giant kelp evolution, biogeography, biology, and physiology. The authors furnish a comprehensive discussion of kelp species and forest ecology worldwide, with considerations of human uses and abuses, management and conservation, and the current and likely future impacts of global change. This volume promises to be the definitive treatise and reference on giant kelp and its forests for many years, and it will appeal to marine scientists and others who want a better appreciation and understanding of these wondrous forests of the sea.

Autorentext

David R. Schiel is Professor of Marine Science at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he leads the Marine Ecology Research Group. His primary research interests are the interactions of species' life histories with the ecological and oceanographic processes responsible for nearshore marine community structure.

Michael S. Foster is Professor Emeritus at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San Jose State University. He received his BS and MA degrees from Stanford University and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests center on the ecology of subtidal and intertidal reefs.



Klappentext

The largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface in lush canopies, giant kelp provides an extensive vertical habitat in a largely two-dimensional seascape. It is the foundation for one of the most species-rich, productive, and widely distributed ecological communities in the world.

Schiel and Foster's scholarly review and synthesis take the reader from Darwin's early observations to contemporary research, providing a historical perspective for the modern understanding of giant kelp evolution, biogeography, biology, and physiology.

The authors furnish a comprehensive discussion of kelp species and forest ecology worldwide, with considerations of human uses and abuses, management and conservation, and the current and likely future impacts of global change.

This volume promises to be the definitive treatise and reference on giant kelp and its forests for many years, and it will appeal to marine scientists and others who want a better appreciation and understanding of these wondrous forests of the sea.



Inhalt

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART I. THE BIOLOGY OF GIANT KELP
1. Introduction to Giant Kelp Forests Worldwide
2. The Structure, Function, and Abiotic Requirements of
3. The Abiotic Environment
4. Demography, Dispersal, and Connectivity of Populations

PART II. THE GIANT KELP ECOSYSTEM
5. Giant Kelp Communities
6. Detached Giant Kelp Communities, Production, and Food / Control Webs
7. Facilitative and Competitive Interactions in Giant Kelp Forests
8. Grazing in Kelp Communities
9. Predation and Trophic Cascades in Kelp Communities

PART III. HUMAN USAGE, MANAGEMENT, AND CONSERVATION
10. Anthropogenic Effects on Kelp Forests
11. Human Usage of Giant Kelp and Kelp Forest Organisms
12. Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries Effects

PART IV. GLOBAL CHANGE AND THE FUTURE
13. Global Change
14. Giant Kelp Forests: Conclusions and Final Thought

Afterword
References
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests
Autor:
EAN: 9780520961098
ISBN: 978-0-520-96109-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Ökologie
Anzahl Seiten: 416
Veröffentlichung: 01.05.2015
Jahr: 2015
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 23.2 MB