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Monitoring Rocky Shores

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ISBN-10: 0520247280

ISBN-13: 9780520247284

Edition: 2006

Authors: Steven N. Murray, Richard F. Ambrose, Megan N. Dethier

List price: $85.00
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Monitoring changes in the intertidal zone of rocky shores has never been more critical. This sensitive habitat at the interface of land and ocean may well be the marine equivalent of the canary in a coal mine as we advance into an era of global climate change. This handbook describes effective methods and procedures for monitoring the ecological and environmental status of these areas. Written by three collaborating authors with extensive field experience, it provides critical discussions and evaluation of the various sampling techniques and field procedures for studies of intertidal macroinvertebrates, seaweeds, and seagrasses. Rather than prescribing standard protocols or procedures, the authors break down the decision-making process into various elements so investigators can become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a particular method or approach. Chapters discuss topics such as site selection, field sampling layouts and designs, selection of sampling units, nondestructive and destructive methods of quantifying abundance, and methods for measuring age, growth rates, size, structure, and reproductive condition.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Steven N. Murray is Professor of Biology at California State University, Fullerton. Richard F. Ambrose is Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Megan N. Dethier is a Research Associate Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Washington and is in residence at the Friday Harbor Laboratories.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Designing Rocky Intertidal Monitoring and Impact Field Studies: A Brief Overview
Site Classification and Selection
Biological Units
Sampling Design
Transects, Quadrats, and Other Sampling Units
Quantifying Abundance: Density and Cover
Quantifying Abundance: Biomass
Individual-Based Parameters: Age Determination, Growth Rates, Size Structure, and Reproduction
Subject Index
Taxonomic Index
About the Authors