Atlantic Shorelines Natural History and Ecology

ISBN-10: 0691125546

ISBN-13: 9780691125541

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark D. Bertness

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Atlantic Shorelinesis an introduction to the natural history and ecology of shoreline communities on the East Coast of North America. Writing for a broad audience, Mark Bertness examines how distinctive communities of plants and animals are generated on rocky shores and in salt marshes, mangroves, and soft sediments on Atlantic shorelines. The book provides a comprehensive background for understanding the basic principles of intertidal ecology and the unique conditions faced by intertidal organisms. It describes the history of the Atlantic Coast, tides, and near-shore oceanographic processes that influence shoreline organisms; explains primary production in shoreline systems, intertidal food webs, and the way intertidal organisms survive; sets out the unusual reproductive challenges of living in an intertidal habitat, and the role of recruitment in shaping intertidal communities; and outlines how biological processes like competition, predation, facilitation, and ecosystem engineering generate the spatial structure of intertidal communities. The last part of the book focuses on the ecology of the three main shoreline habitats--rocky shores, soft sediment beaches, and shorelines vegetated with salt marsh plants and mangroves--and discusses in detail conservation issues associated with each of them.
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List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

The Setting
Continental Drift and the Age of the East Coast
Sea Level Change
Winter Ice
Barrier Islands
Species Origins and Invasions
Introduced Species
Waves and Water Movement
Waves Hitting the Shore
Effects of Shoreline Topography on Waves
Wave Effects on Shorelines
Water Movement
Further Reading
The Economy of the Shoreline: The Production and Consumption of Resources
Primary Productivity
Bottom-up Control of Shoreline Communities
Top-down Control of Shoreline Communities
Consumer Feeding Strategies
Foraging Decisions
Prey Defenses
Further Reading
Reproduction and Recruitment of Shoreline Organisms
Types of Development
Problems Facing Planktonic Larvae
Factors Regulating the Recruitment of Planktonic Larvae
Population and Community Effects of Variable Larval Supply
Further Reading
Process and Pattern in Shoreline Communities
Competitive Interactions
Positive Interactions
Consumer Effects
Interactions among the Forces That Shape Shoreline Communities
Natural Disturbance Processes
Mechanisms of Secondary Succession
Ecosystem Engineering
Further Reading
Rocky Shores
Rocky Intertidal Algae
Rocky Intertidal Herbivores
Predators on Rocky Shores
Stresses in Rocky Intertidal Habitats
Conservation Issues
Further Reading
Soft-sediment Habitats
The Physical Habitat
Tidal Flat Organisms
Zonation in Intertidal Soft-substrate Habitats
Ecosystem Engineering in Soft-Sediment Habitats
Conservation Concerns
Further Reading
Salt Marsh and Mangrove Communities
Marsh Development
Marsh Plant Zonation
Physical Stresses on Marsh Plants
Competition among Marsh Plants
Positive Feedback in Marsh Plant Communities
Consumer Control in Salt Marsh Systems
Disturbance in Marsh Plant Communities
Secondary Succession in Marsh Plant Communities
Marsh Production and Its Effect on Estuarine Habitats
Animals of Salt Marshes
Marshes as Nursery Grounds
Marsh Conservation
Mangrove Forests
Further Reading
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