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The biology, ecology
and identification of plankton and their use in monitoring water quality.
Healthy waterways and oceans are
essential for our increasingly urbanised world. Yet monitoring water quality in
aquatic environments is a challenge, as it varies from hour to hour due to
stormwater and currents. Being at the base of the aquatic food web and present
in huge numbers, plankton are strongly influenced by changes in environment and
provide an indication of water quality integrated over days and weeks. Plankton
are the aquatic version of a canary in a coal mine. They are also vital for our
existence, providing not only food for fish, seabirds, seals and sharks, but
producing oxygen, cycling nutrients, processing pollutants, and removing carbon
dioxide from our atmosphere.
This Second Edition of Plankton is
a fully updated introduction to the biology, ecology and identification of
plankton and their use in monitoring water quality. It includes expanded,
illustrated descriptions of all major groups of freshwater, coastal and marine
phytoplankton and zooplankton and a new chapter on teaching science using
plankton. Best practice methods for plankton sampling and monitoring programs
are presented using case studies, along with explanations of how to analyse and
interpret sampling data.
Plankton is an invaluable reference for
teachers and students, environmental managers, ecologists, estuary and
catchment management committees, and coastal engineers.
The book is co-authored by Professor Iain Suthers, a marine
scientist at the University of New South Wales and here at the Sydney Institute of
Marine Science, specialising in the ecology of plankton and larval fish.
Follow the link to learn more and pre-order
your copy! https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7808