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The Diatoms
Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences

2nd Edition

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John P. Smol, Eugene F. Stoermer, Matthew L. Julius, Edward C. Theriot, H. John B. Birks, R. Jan Stevenson, Yangdong Pan, Herman van Dam, Euan D. Reavie, Mark B. Edlund, Richard W. Battarbee, Donald F. Charles, Christian Bigler, Brian F. Cumming, Ingemar Renberg, Roland I. Hall, Anson W. Mackay, Galina Khursevich, Julie A. Wolin, Jeffery R. Stone, Sheri C. Fritz, Françoise Gasse, Kathleen R. Laird, Helen Bennion, Carl D. Sayer, John Tibby, Hunter J. Carrick, André F. Lotter, Reinhard Pienitz, Roland Schmidt, Marianne S. V. Douglas, Sarah A. Spaulding, Bart Van de Vijver, Dominic A. Hodgson, Diane M. McKnight, Elie Verleyen, Lee Stanish, Pauline Snoeijs, Kaarina Weckström, Rosa Trobajo, Michael J. Sullivan, Sherri Cooper, Evelyn Gaiser, Anna Wachnicka, Christopher S. Lobban, Richard W. Jordan, Benjamin P. Horton, Yuki Sawai, Oscar E. Romero, Leanne K. Armand, Amy Leventer, Xavier Crosta, Jennifer Pike, Catherine E. Stickley, Christina L. De La Rocha, Olivier Ragueneau, Aude Leynaert, Jeffrey R. Johansen, Kathleen Rühland, Irene Gregory-Eaves, Bronwyn E. Keatley, Steve Juggins, Nigel G. Cameron, William N. Krebs, Andrey Yu. Gladenkov, Gareth D. Jones, Anthony J. Peabody, Maria Célia Villac, Gregory J. Doucette, Irena Kaczmarska, Margaret A. Harper, Robert M. McKay, Cathy Kilroy, David M. Harwood, Melanie J. Leng, George E. A. Swann, Richard Gordon
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  • Date Published: November 2010
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521509961

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  • This much revised and expanded edition provides a valuable and detailed summary of the many uses of diatoms in a wide range of applications in the environmental and earth sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of diatoms in analysing ecological problems related to climate change, acidification, eutrophication, and other pollution issues. The chapters are divided into sections for easy reference, with separate sections covering indicators in different aquatic environments. A final section explores diatom use in other fields of study such as forensics, oil and gas exploration, nanotechnology, and archaeology. Sixteen new chapters have been added since the first edition including introductory chapters on diatom biology and the numerical approaches used by diatomists. The extensive glossary has also been expanded and now includes over 1,000 detailed entries, which will help non-specialists to use the book effectively.

    • Comprehensive coverage provides a one-stop shop for information on diatom applications
    • Significantly revised and expanded since the first edition, with sixteen new chapters
    • Extensive glossary allows even non-specialists to use the book effectively
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From the First Edition:
    "An inspirational volume that will be valuable in courses in environmental biology and geography, at the undergraduate and graduate level. It will also provide useful ammunition for embattled phycologists, unable to avoid the ever increasing irritating demands to show that their work has immediate 'relevance'. The epilogue should be
    Edinburgh Journal of Botany

    From the First Edition:
    "This book can warmly be recommended to a wide variety of readers. Diatomologists as a handy survey, environmental monitors, freshwater biologists and phycologists as a source of immeasurable useful knowledge, biology university teachers as a source of facts and inspiration. The book is well made; editors, authors and publishers can share the credit."
    Nordic Journal of Botany

    From the First Edition:
    "This book constitutes a well-organized and comprehensive review on the use of diatoms in environmental and earth sciences in recent decades, and is a well-referenced resource...The book is an essential resource for all students and investigators who have interest in diatoms and the environmental sciences, both for modern studies and for historical applications. It is well worth the price..."
    Journal of Paleolimnology

    From the First Edition:
    "This book provides a very useful overview of all potential applications of diatoms to environmental problems."
    Journal of Phycology

    "With this book-all of whose chapters are of high quality-it can be fairly said that environmental diatom analysis has come of age."
    Holocene

    From the First Edition:
    "This book is packed with information on the many uses of diatoms in the Earth and environmental sciences, and is an essential volume for Quarternary and environmental scientists."
    The Quarterly Review of Biology

    From the First Edition:
    "an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in diatoms, particularly students, who will appreciate its thorough reviews and wealth of literature citations. Its synthesis of techniques, ideas, and viewpoints move diatom science strongly into the 21st century."
    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

    "The editors and contributors should be given much credit for greatly enhancing what was already a good summary of the application of diatoms to the environmental and earth sciences. The glossary, list of abbreviations and acronyms is also very useful for the non-specialist. This volume also holds interest for established researchers, providing an updated quick reference point on many topics and extensive citations to the wealth of diatom literature, valuable for both teaching and research... Libraries everywhere should update from the first edition and hold a copy, if not more than one."
    Natasha Barlow, Quaternary Science Reviews

    "the second edition of The Diatoms, Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences, should be something of a compulsory purchase for diatomists, and is a valuable reference text for postgraduate and undergraduate students. With its emphasis on environmental issues of global concern, it should also succeed in being of appeal more generally to scientists and practitioners in the aquatic and environmental sciences. We look forward to the third edition in due course."
    J. M. Reed, Journal of Paleolimnology

    "All of the chapters have been rewritten and brought up to date... extremely useful glossary... this book must - like its predecessor - be warmly recommended, of course to diatomologists and environmental managers, but also to other biologists and to geologists, as a source of high knowledge and inspiration."
    Nordic Journal of Botany

    "I’d recommend this book to all students doing diatom research. It is an excellent source for basic information about many aspects of diatom research. The bibliography at the end of each chapter is excellent beginning source for literature on that particular subject. I personally found the book to be very useful and would recommend that it be added to your collection. It could also be used as a textbook for a course on diatoms."
    Karen K. Serieyssol, Diatom Research

    "This book is an essential resource for many researchers and students who work in the field of modern and historical diatom-based environmental studies, because the existing books focused on diatoms (e.g., Round et al. 1990, Seckbach and Kociolek 2011) or on algae in general (e.g., Stevenson et al. 1996, Wehr and Sheath 2003) scarcely touch selected aspects of diatom applications. Smol and Stoermer’s book presents an updated, well-referenced, and thorough review on the wide range of diatom applications, summarizing effectively the rapidly increased number of publications in the past decade, which prompted the editors, as they note, to ‘‘undertake a major revision of the first edition.’’ The book content is nearly doubled, including 16 new chapters and many new coauthors that contributed to the excellent scientific quality of the second edition. As a result, the overview of diatom habitats has been expanded with ecosystems that deserve more attention because of their unique diatom biodiversity, such as ancient lakes, wetlands, peatlands, shallow lakes, coral reefs, and tropical marine lakes. New fascinating topics are elucidated, for instance diatoms as nonnative species and diatoms in nanotechnology. The comprehensive coverage of topics as well as thorough reviews and a wealth of literature citations will be appreciated by all users of the second edition."
    Rosalina Stancheva and Robert G. Sheath, Journal of Phycology

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521509961
    • length: 686 pages
    • dimensions: 282 x 225 x 36 mm
    • weight: 2.11kg
    • contains: 175 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Applications and uses of diatoms: prologue
    2. The diatoms: a primer
    3. Numerical methods for the analysis of diatom assemblage data
    Part II. Diatoms as Indicators of Environmental Change in Flowing Waters and Lakes:
    4. Assessing environmental conditions in rivers and streams with diatoms
    5. Diatoms as indicators of long-term environmental change in rivers, fluvial lakes and impoundments
    6. Diatoms as indicators of surface-water acidity
    7. Diatoms as indicators of lake eutrophication
    8. Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in shallow lakes
    9. Diatoms as indicators of water-level change in freshwater lakes
    10. Diatoms as indicators of hydrologic and climatic change in saline lakes
    11. Diatoms in ancient lakes
    Part III. Diatoms as Indicators in Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Lacustrine Environments:
    12. Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in subarctic and alpine regions
    13. Freshwater diatoms as indicators of environmental change in the High Arctic
    14. Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in Antarctic and subantarctic freshwaters
    Part IV. Diatoms as Indicators in Marine and Estuarine Environments:
    15. Diatoms and environmental change in large brackish-water ecosystems
    16. Applied diatom studies in estuaries and shallow coastal environments
    17. Estuarine paleoenvironmental reconstructions using diatoms
    18. Diatoms on coral reefs and in tropical marine lakes
    19. Diatoms as indicators of former sea levels, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes
    20. Marine diatoms as indicators of modern changes in oceanographic conditions
    21. Holocene marine diatom records of environmental change
    22. Diatoms as indicators of paleoceanographic events
    23. Reconsidering the meaning of biogenic silica accumulation rates in the glacial Southern Ocean
    Part V. Other Applications:
    24. Diatoms of aerial habitats
    25. Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in wetlands and peatlands
    26. Tracking fish, seabirds, and wildlife population dynamics with diatoms and other limnological indicators
    27. Diatoms and archaeology
    28. Diatoms in oil and gas exploration
    29. Forensic science and diatoms
    30. Toxic marine diatoms
    31. Diatoms as markers of atmospheric transport
    32. Diatoms as nonnative species
    33. Diatomite
    34. Stable isotopes from diatom silica
    35. Diatoms and nanotechnology: early history and imagined future as seen through patents
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    36. Epilogue: a view to the future
    Glossary, acronyms, and abbreviations
    Index.

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    John P. Smol, Queen's University, Ontario
    John P. Smol is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Queen's University (Ontario, Canada), with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He is also co-director of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). Since 1990, he has won over 25 research awards and fellowships, including the 2004 NSERC Herzberg Canada Gold Medal as Canada's top scientist or engineer.

    Eugene F. Stoermer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Eugene F. Stoermer is a past-President of the Phycological Society of America and the International Association for Diatom Research. He has worked at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) since 1965, where he is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He directed the 'phyto-lab', which undertook a wide variety of research topics, specializing in diatom systematics and ecology.

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    John P. Smol, Eugene F. Stoermer, Matthew L. Julius, Edward C. Theriot, H. John B. Birks, R. Jan Stevenson, Yangdong Pan, Herman van Dam, Euan D. Reavie, Mark B. Edlund, Richard W. Battarbee, Donald F. Charles, Christian Bigler, Brian F. Cumming, Ingemar Renberg, Roland I. Hall, Anson W. Mackay, Galina Khursevich, Julie A. Wolin, Jeffery R. Stone, Sheri C. Fritz, Françoise Gasse, Kathleen R. Laird, Helen Bennion, Carl D. Sayer, John Tibby, Hunter J. Carrick, André F. Lotter, Reinhard Pienitz, Roland Schmidt, Marianne S. V. Douglas, Sarah A. Spaulding, Bart Van de Vijver, Dominic A. Hodgson, Diane M. McKnight, Elie Verleyen, Lee Stanish, Pauline Snoeijs, Kaarina Weckström, Rosa Trobajo, Michael J. Sullivan, Sherri Cooper, Evelyn Gaiser, Anna Wachnicka, Christopher S. Lobban, Richard W. Jordan, Benjamin P. Horton, Yuki Sawai, Oscar E. Romero, Leanne K. Armand, Amy Leventer, Xavier Crosta, Jennifer Pike, Catherine E. Stickley, Christina L. De La Rocha, Olivier Ragueneau, Aude Leynaert, Jeffrey R. Johansen, Kathleen Rühland, Irene Gregory-Eaves, Bronwyn E. Keatley, Steve Juggins, Nigel G. Cameron, William N. Krebs, Andrey Yu. Gladenkov, Gareth D. Jones, Anthony J. Peabody, Maria Célia Villac, Gregory J. Doucette, Irena Kaczmarska, Margaret A. Harper, Robert M. McKay, Cathy Kilroy, David M. Harwood, Melanie J. Leng, George E. A. Swann, Richard Gordon

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