1st Edition

Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management in the Great Lakes Basin

Edited By Eric Freedman, Mark Neuzil Copyright 2018
    236 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.