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New textbook examines state of wetlands

Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands
Darold P. Batzer and Rebecca R. Sharitz
University of California Press

Wetland ecology as an organized field has a relatively recent history. Designed as a textbook, Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands is an important, up-to-date, authoritative and accessible survey in ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands.

Prominent wetland scholars Darold P. Batzer, associate professor of entomology at UGA, and ­Rebecca R. Sharitz, professor of plant biology at UGA, address the physical environment, geomorphology, biochemistry, soils and hydrology of both freshwater and estuarine wetlands.

 Careful syntheses review how hydrology and chemistry constrain wetlands plants and animals.

In addition, contributors document the strategies employed by plants, animals and bacteria to cope with stress.

Focusing on the ecology of key organisms, each chapter is relevant to wetland regulation and assessment, wetland restoration, how flood pulses control the ecology of most wetland complexes and how human regulation of flood pulses threatens wetland biotic ­integrity.

Ideal for the classroom, this book is a fundamental resource for anyone interested in the current state of our wetlands.