Freshwater Algae of North America: Ecology and Classification

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Elsevier, Dec 15, 2002 - Science - 917 pages
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Freshwater algae are among the most diverse and ubiquitous organisms on earth. They occupy an enormous range of ecological conditions from lakes and rivers to acidic peat swamps, inland saline lakes, snow and ice, damp soils, wetlands, desert soils, wastewater treatment plants, and are symbionts in and on many plants, fungi, and animals. In North America, the variety of freshwater habitats colonized by algae is very rich, and offers an enormous and fascinating range of environments for their study. They form the base of most aquatic food webs and are critical to studies of ecosystem health. Algal ecologists and taxonomists play an important role in the understanding of aquatic ecosystems: their biodiversity, productivity, interactions with other organisms, and water quality. This book provides in one volume a practical and comprehensive guide to the genera of freshwater algae known from North America. The format combines the necessary ecological, taxonomic and methodological information for all scientists working in aquatic environments, whether their specialty is in environmental monitoring and water quality assessment, biological composition, ecology, evolution, or molecular biology.

Key Features
* The first complete accounting of North America's freshwater algal genera in more than 50 years
* Includes a guide to the current literature on species identification in each group of algae
* High-quality photographs and drawings of more than 770 genera
* A clear, easy-to-use introductory key to the diagnostic chapters
* Synthetic chapters on freshwater habitats, use of algae in environmental assessment, and control of nuisance algae
* Contributions from 27 experts in all areas of freshwater algae
* Extensive literature citations
* Companion volume of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates 2nd edition, edited by Throp and Covich
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO FRESHWATER ALGAE
1
CHAPTER 2 FRESHWATER HABITATS OF ALGAE
11
CHAPTER 3 COCCOID AND COLONIAL CYANOBACTERIA
59
CHAPTER 4 FILAMENTOUS CYANOBACTERIA
117
CHAPTER 5 RED ALGAE
197
CHAPTER 6 FLAGELLATED GREEN ALGAE
225
CHAPTER 7 NONMOTILE COCCOID AND COLONIAL GREEN ALGAE
253
CHAPTER 8 FILAMENTOUS AND PLANTLIKE GREEN ALGAE
311
CHAPTER 16 ARAPHID AND MONORAPHID DIATOMS
595
CHAPTER 17 SYMMETRICAL NAVICULOID DIATOMS
637
CHAPTER 18 EUNOTIOID AND ASYMMETRICAL NAVICULOID DIATOMS
655
CHAPTER 19 KEELED AND CANALLED RAPHID DIATOMS
669
CHAPTER 20 DINOFLAGELLATES
685
CHAPTER 21 CRYPTOMONADS
715
CHAPTER 22 BROWN ALGAE
757
CHAPTER 23 USE OF ALGAE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
775

CHAPTER 9 CONJUGATING GREEN ALGAE AND DESMIDS
353
CHAPTER 10 PHOTOSYNTHETIC EUGLENOIDS
383
CHAPTER 11 EUSTIGMATOPHYTE RAPHIDOPHYTE AND TRIBOPHYTE ALGAE
423
CHAPTER 12 CHRYSOPHYCEAN ALGAE
471
CHAPTER 13 HAPTOPHYTE ALGAE
511
CHAPTER 14 SYNUROPHYTE ALGAE
523
CHAPTER 15 CENTRIC DIATOMS
559
CHAPTER 24 CONTROL OF NUISANCE ALGAE
805
Glossary
835
Author Index
849
Subject Index
885
Taxonomic Index
897
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Dr. James H. Thorp has been a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, USA) and a Senior Scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey since 2001. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Prof. Thorp was a Distinguished Professor and Dean at Clarkson University, Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, Associate Professor and Director of the Calder Ecology Center of Fordham University, Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell, and Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He received his Baccalaureate from the University of Kansas (KU) and both Masters and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State. Those degrees focused on zoology, ecology, and marine biology, with an emphasis on the ecology of freshwater and marine invertebrates. Dr. Thorp is currently on the editorial board of two journals (River Research and Applications and River Systems) and is a former President of the International Society for River Science. He teaches freshwater, marine, and general ecological courses at KU, and his Masters and doctoral graduate students work on various aspects of the ecology of organisms, communities, and ecosystems in rivers, reservoirs, and wetlands. Prof. Thorp’s research interests and background are highly diverse and span the gamut from organismal biology to community, ecosystem, and macrosystem ecology. He works on both fundamental and applied research topics using descriptive, experimental, and modeling approaches in the field and lab. While his research emphasizes aquatic invertebrates, he also studies fish ecology, especially as related to food webs. He has published more than one hundred refereed journal articles, books, and chapters, including three single-volume editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) and the first volume (Ecology and General Biology) in the current fourth edition.

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