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A comprehensive introduction to the biology and ecology of plankton.

Plankton is an invaluable reference for environment managers, water authority ecologists, estuary and catchment management committees, coastal engineers, and students of invertebrate biology, environmental impact assessment and marine biology. + Full description

This practical book provides a comprehensive introduction to the biology and ecology of plankton and describes its use as a tool for monitoring water quality.

All the major freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton groups are covered and their associated environmental issues are discussed. A chapter on best practice in sampling and monitoring explains how to design, implement and conduct meaningful phytoplankton and zooplankton monitoring programs in marine and freshwater habitats, as well as how to analyse and interpret the results for effective management decision-making.

Real-life case studies demonstrate the use of plankton for identifying and monitoring water quality issues.

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No longer available in a print edition.


"Many of the components are worthwhile and will be useful to students, or people without much formal training, trying to sample the plankton. The selection of an appropriate device or method to collect samples and how to preserve those samples is well described. Overall this volume is a useful and timely addition to the field. It reviews much of the knowledge accumulated over the last 50 years in terms of practical methods for the study of plankton. It provides a primer for taxonomy that covers many of the common taxa."
Peter Allen Thompson, Austral Ecology (2012) 37, e7–e8

"This new book, edited by Iain Suthers and David Rissik, provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of plankton ecology, both basic and applied. Overall, this is an excellent book and I recommend purchasing one for your book shelf."
Dr. Kerrie Swadling, AMSA Bulletin, No 181, Spring 2009

"There are, in fact, generally very few published books on the ecology of plankton and none to my knowledge that deal with the use of plankton for water monitoring. Thus, this concise introductory book edited by Ian M. Suthers and David Rissik represents a useful addition to the existing literature by integrating general aspects of the ecology and taxonomy of key species of marine and freshwater plankton, with technical approaches and methodological guidelines on water quality monitoring."
Claudia Castellani, Journal of Plankton Research, Vol 00 No 0, 2009


ePDF | May 2009
ISBN: 9780643097131
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Explains the role of plankton in aquatic ecosystems and its usefulness as a water quality indicator
  • Updates and details best practice in methodology for plankton sampling and monitoring programs
  • Demonstrates how to analyse and interpret the results of sampling programs in terms of management strategies
  • Brings together widely-scattered information on freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton and provides a list of up-to-date references


List of Contributors

The importance of plankton
Principles of plankton and its environment
Plankton-related environmental and water quality issues
Sampling and monitoring plankton
Freshwater phytoplankton
Coastal phytoplankton diversity and ecology
Freshwater zooplankton
Coastal zooplankton diversity and ecology
Models and Management