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Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management in the Great Lakes Basin

ISBN 9780367376994
Published July 29, 2019 by Routledge
236 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Great Lakes Basin in North America holds more than 20 percent of the world's fresh water. Threats to habitats and biodiversity have economic, political, national security, and cultural implications and ramifications that cross the US-Canadian border. This multidisciplinary book presents the latest research to demonstrate the interconnected nature of the challenges facing the Basin. 

Chapters by U.S. and Canadian scholars and practitioners represent a wide range of natural science and social science fields, including environmental sciences, geography, political science, natural resources, mass communications, environmental history and communication, public health, and economics. The book covers threats from invasive species, industrial development, climate change, agricultural and chemical runoff, species extinction, habitat restoration, environmental disease, indigenous conservation efforts, citizen engagement, environmental regulation, and pollution.Overall the book provides political, cultural, economic, scientific, and social contexts for recognizing and addressing the environmental challenges faced by the Great Lakes Basin.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Examining the terrain

Eric Freedman & Mark Neuzil

Part I: Habitat, conservation, and restoration

2. The dam dilemma for fisheries management in the Great Lakes

Daniel B. Hayes, Robert McLaughlin, Brian Roth & Lisa Peterson

3. Irrigation in the Great Lakes Basin: prospects and conflicts

B. Timothy Heinmiller

4. Artificial reefs and reef restoration in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Edward F. Roseman, Jeremy Pritt & Matthew McLean

Part II: Extinction & survival

5. Georgian Bay, Lake Huron: turtles and their wetland habitat in a changing landscape

Chantel Markle & Patricia Chow-Fraser

6. Framing extinction: Societal attitudes toward the passenger pigeon in editorials and opinion pieces

Bruno Takahashi, Ran Duan, Apoorva Joshi, Anthony Van Witsen & Eric Freedman

7. Recovering the ecology of fear: Cascading effects of gray wolf predation and competition in a Great Lakes Basin forest

David G. Flagel

8. Linear corridors and predator movement dynamics in the Great Lakes Basin

Victoria M. Donovan & Jesse N. Popp

Part III: Pollution, climate change, and invasive species

9. Toxicants in the Great Lakes: living with a toxic legacy while managing for chemicals of emerging concern

Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Heiko L. Schoenfuss & Jane R. Feely

10. Water quality in the Great Lakes: Interactions between nutrient pollution, invasive species, and climate change

Gaston E. Small

11. Emerald ash borer, black ash, and Native American basketmaking: Invasive insects, forest ecosystems and cultural practices

Therese M. Poland, Maria R. Emery, Tina Ciaramitaro, Ed Pigeon & Angie Pigeon

Part IV: Public Policy

12. Legislating the Great Lakes: socially constructing water through congressional discourse

Theresa R. Castor

13. Conservation authorities in Ontario: key players in the governance of invasive and endangered species

Andrea Olive

14. Citizen engagement, interpretation, and resource management in the Great Lakes Basin

Gail Vander Stoep

15. 7 Indigenous principles for successful cooperation in Great Lakes conservation initiatives

Kyle P. Whyte, Nicholas J. Reo, Deborah McGregor, M.A. (Peggy) Smith, James F. Jenkins & Kathleen A. Rubio

Part V: Conclusions

16. Through the crystal ball

Mark Neuzil & Eric Freedman

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Eric Freedman is Knight Chair, Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, and Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University, USA. He also won a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.

Mark Neuzil is Professor of Communication and Journalism at University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA.