Boreal Shield Watersheds: Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Boreal Shield Watersheds

Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by John Gunn, Robert John Steedman, Richard Ryder

CRC Press

528 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 118 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781566706469
pub: 2003-08-27

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Boreal Shield Watersheds: Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment brings together the work of a renowned international group of scientists who specialize in aquatic science and environmental management. They explore the functioning of Boreal Shield ecosystems, focusing on the lake trout, the classic coldwater species of northern glaciated lakes, using it as an indicator of environmental change and as a model to measure the effectiveness of management actions.

This book demonstrates how boreal waters have served as a crucible for decades of environmental research into the impacts of nutrient additions, trace contaminants, acid rain, climate change, sport fishing, invasive species, and watershed disturbances.

The text builds on this substantial research legacy and explores our ability to manage human interactions with ecosystems across the vast Boreal Shield ecozone of North America, and with other important ecosystems worldwide. It also provides models and new methods of assessing the risk to and the durability of ecosystems in relation to local, regional, and global human activities. Maps and descriptions of several important long-term monitoring sites and an atlas describing more than 3,000 lake trout lakes in the region are special components of the book.


"Relatively little attention has been given to the world's vast boreal wildernesses, yet they are among the most vulnerable to global and other human disturbance. This remarkable and authoritative book is a welcome exception."

- Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

"This remarkable Precambrian lake region of central Canada has served as a fulcrum for a significant part of modern limnological understanding."

--Robert G. Wetzel, Kenan Professor of Environmental Science, University of North Carolina

"The lake trout is an ideal icon to encourage the wise management of Shield waters."

John J. Magnuson, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin

Table of Contents


Lake Trout, the Boreal Shield and the Factors that Shape Lake Trout Ecosystems

History and Evolution of Lake Trout in Shield Lakes: Past and Future Challenges

Lake Trout in the Upper Great Lakes: Unique Management Challenges


Land, Water and Human Activity on Boreal Watersheds

Impact of New Reservoirs

Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Habitat Volumes and Boundaries in Canadian Shield Lakes

Effects of Phosphorus and Nitrogen on Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Production and Habitat

Dissolved Organic Carbon as a Controlling Variable in Boreal Shield Lakes

Mercury Contamination

Acidic Deposition in the Northeastern US: Sources and Inputs, Ecosystem Effects, and Management Strategies


Control of Harvest on Precambrian Shield Lakes

Hatchery Stocking in Small Lakes: Factors Affecting Success

Impacts of Invasive Species on Food Web Dynamics

Effects of Forestry Roads on Reproductive Habitat and Exploitation of Lake Trout


Climate Change and Sustainable Lake Trout Exploitation: Predictions From a Regional Life History Model

Monitoring the Health of Lake Trout Resource


Boreal Waters as Integrative Ecosystem Indicators


1) Ecological Monitoring Sites for Boreal Shield Waters

2) Lake Trout Lakes of The Boreal Shield Ecozone of North America

About the Series

Integrative Studies in Water Management & Land Deve

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General