1st Edition

The Ecology of Seashores

By George A. Knox Copyright 2001
    570 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    The Ecology of Seashores explores the complex shore environment. It covers the ways in which representative species have adapted to life in a constantly changing environment in terms of their interactions, the control of community structure, and how energy and materials are cycled in different ecosystems.
    Written by an eminent marine biologist, this work emphasizes ecological processes and the use of systems analysis in understanding such processes. He gives complete coverage of the ecology of all seashore types: rocky shores, soft shores, sandy beaches, and estuaries at an advanced level. When appropriate, the author uses the energy circuit language of symbols and diagrams developed by H.T. Odum as a basis of understanding.
    The first comprehensive review and synthesis of the research on shore ecosystems, the book lends order to some of the most complex ecosystem types and presents a wide range of geographical examples. If you are involved in researching or managing coastal zones, The Ecology of Seashores provides exhaustive coverage of the essential background information you need.

    The Environment
    Shore Environments and Stresses on the Shore
    Salient Features of the Shore Environment
    Patterns of Zonation on the Shore
    Hard Shores
    Zonation Patters on the Hard Shores
    Zonation Patterns on Representative Shores
    The Causes of Zonation
    Hard Shore Microalgae
    Hard Shore Micro- and Meiofauna
    Rocky Shore Lichens
    Hard Shore Macroalgae
    Key Faunal Components
    Special Habitats
    Soft Shores
    Soft Shores as a Habitat
    The Physio-Chemical Environment
    Soft Shore Types
    Biologic Modification of the Sediments
    Soft Shore Primary Producers
    Soft Shore Fauna
    Biological Modification of the Sediments
    Microbial Ecology and Organic Detritus
    Nutrient Cycling
    Estuarine Shelf Interactions
    Adaptations to Shore Life
    Ecological Niches on the Shore
    The Establishment of Zonation Patterns
    The Maintenance of Zonation Patterns
    Control of Community Structure
    Hard Shores
    Soft Shores
    Synthesis of Factors Involved in Determining Community Structure
    Energy Flow, Food Webs, and Material Cycling
    Food Sources
    Energy Budgets for Individual Species
    Secondary Production
    P:B Rations and Production Efficiency
    Relative Contribution of Soft Shore Benthic Infauna to Secondary Production
    Community Metabolism
    Trophic Structure and Food Webs
    Carbon Flow Models
    Stable Isotopes and Food Web Analysis
    Top-Down and Bottom-Up Control of Community Structure
    Ecosystem Models
    Hard Shores
    Sand Beaches
    Intertidal Mud Flat in the Lynher Estuary, Cornwall, UK
    Salt Marshes
    Seagrass Ecosystem Model
    Mangrove Ecosystems
    Network Analysis
    Potential Applications of the Ascendency Concept
    Emergy Analysis


    George A. Knox

    "This unique textbook…emphasizes ecological process and systems analysis. Six chapters synthesize complex systems…adaptations to shore life, control of community structure, and energy flow and material cycling. The final chapter presents a number of ecosystem models in the energy circuit language of H.T. Odum." -American Fisheries Society