Aquatic, Wetland, and Invasive Plant Textbooks

    Bronmark, C., Hansson, L. 1998. The Biology of Lakes and Ponds.
    Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 216 pp.

      This is an introductory text to aquatic ecology and limnology. Though the book is by two
      Swedish researchers, the focus is on “the general patterns in adaptations and processes among
      organisms of lakes and ponds”, patterns which apply to lakes throughout the world. The
      authors especially seek to present “what we think is interesting and important to know for an
      aquatic ecologist at the begining of his or her career.”

    Brundu, G., J. Brock, I. Camarda, L. Child and M. Wade, eds. 2001. Plant Invasions
    — Species Ecology and Ecosystem Management.
    Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The
    Netherlands. WWW: 338 pp.

      This book contains papers from the 5th International Conference on the Ecology of
      Invasive Alien Plants, 13-16 October 1999, held in Sardinia, Italy. While the book addresses
      general questions on invasive plants, the book’s main value is its presentation of case studies on
      the ecology of individual species. Four categories of case studies include I: Species; II: Invasive
      plants in protected areas; III: Habitats, biotopes, regions; and IV: Invasive plant

        More than 30 terrestrial and aquatic species are treated, including North American species
        which are invading South America, Central American species invading Europe, eastern Asian
        species invading western Asia, European species invading North America…

      Caffrey, J., Barrett, P.R.F., Ferreira, M.T., et al. 1999. Biology, Ecology and
      Management of Aquatic Plants.

      Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. 339 pp.

        Actually the Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Aquatic Weeds, European
        Weed Research Society,
        and reprinted from Hydrobiologia Vol. 415 (1999), this is not technically a textbook. However,
        it is a compilation of
        papers by the world’s experts on aquatic plants. Sections include Biology and Distribution;
        Ecology; Invasive Aquatic
        and Riparian Plants; and Management.

      Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G., Warburg, E.F. 1987. Flora of the British Isles.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 720 pp. 

      Craft, A.S. 1961. The Chemistry and Mode of Action of Herbicides. Interscience Publ., New York. 269 pp.

      Crawford, R.M.M., ed. 1987. Plant Life in Aquatic and Amphibious
      Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford. 452 pp.

        The physiological ecology of amphibious and intertidal plants is treated in this special
        publication of the British Ecological Society. An impressive array of contributors.

      Cronk, J.K., M.S. Fennessy. 2001. Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology.
      462 pp. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL WWW:

        This reference on the ecology of aquatic and wetlands plants is intended for wetland
        professionals, teachers and students. It might also serve as a text for upper-level college courses.
        Its various parts comprise a synthesis of the current knowledge on wetland plants and their
        communities. Part I includes an introduction to wetland plants; definitions and functions of the
        types of wetland plant communities including saline, brackish and freshwater systems; and an
        overview of physical aspects of wetland environments including hydrology and sediment
        conditions. Part II is about plant adaptations to wetland growth conditions including hypoxia,
        anoxia, salt concentrations, nutrient limitations, submergence and herbivory; reproduction
        mechanisms and seedling adaptations; and special structures for asexual reproduction. Part III
        explains primary productivity; discusses community dynamics elements such as succession,
        competition, allelo-pathy and disturbance; and presents case studies of several major invasive
        plants. Part IV describes wetland restoration and creation of artificial wetlands, with case studies;
        and explains how wetland plants may be used as indicators of wetland boundaries and ecological

      Cronk, Q.C.B., J.L. Fuller. 2001 Plant Invaders — The Threat to Natural
      241 pp. Earthscan Publications Ltd, London WWW:

        The first three chapters of this small book provide cogent and succinct definitions and
        descriptions of plant invasions, how they occur, and what is done about them. Among other
        things, this “conservation manual” is intended to “provide information which will assist botanists
        and others to undertake practical conservation work.” It also contains reviews of 17 invasive
        species around the world, including their description, distribution, invasiveness, and control and

      Elton, C.S. 1958/2000. The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants.
      University of Chicago Press. WWW: 181 pp.

        In 1958, when first published, this book was “the bible for practitioners of a burgeoning
        new science: invasion biology,” according to Daniel Simberloff in his forward to this new
        reprint. Elton himself was interested in “faunal history…ecology…and conservation,” and he was
        especially concerned with the “serious dislocations taking place in the world today [1957],”
        which were causing “ecological explosions.”

        Writing in layman’s language, Elton describes the invasion and effects of organisms invading
        the U.S., such as the European starling, the chestnut blight, the muskrat, and plant invasions such
        as Spartina townsendii in England. Chapters dealing with invasions and changes in continents
        and islands are complemented by chapter essays about population balance, “new food chains,”
        reasons for conservation, and biological variety.

      Giller, P.S., Malmqvist. 1998. The Biology of Streams and Rivers.
      Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 296 pp.

        This book, a comprehensive overview written as an undergraduate text, provides more than a
        glimpse of the life below the water surface of streams and rivers. It “delves into the rich and
        growing literature and provides an up-to-date introduction to stream and river biology.” The
        authors describe the different kinds of watercourses; outline the range of living organisms of
        rivers, and their adapations; discuss population, community and ecosystem patterns and
        processes such as energy flow and secondary production; and discusses applied issues such as
        the effects of pollution, tourism, sport fishing and exotic species.

      Golterman, H.L. 1975. Physiological Limnology – An Approach to the Physiology of Lake Ecosystems. Developments in Water Science 2, Chow, V.T., Adv. Ed., Elsevier Sci. Publ. Co., Amsterdam. 489 pp.

      Gore, A.J.P. 1983. Mires:  Swamp, Bog, Fen, and Moor – General Studies. Ecosystems of the World; 4A – David W. Goodall, Ed., Elsevier Sci. Publ. Co., Amsterdam. 440 pp.

      Hemminga, M.A., C.M. Duarte. 2000. Seagrass Ecology — An

      Cambridge University Press, New York. WWW: 298 pp.

        “This book provides an entry point for those wishing to learn about the ecology of this
        fascinating group of plants, and gives a broad overview of the present state of knowledge,
        including recent progress in research and current research foci, complemented by extensive
        literature references to guide the reader to more detailed studies. As such it will be valuable to
        students of marine biology, and will be an excellent source of information to managers of coastal
        areas that harbour seagrasses.”

      Hejny, S., Raspopov, I.M., Kvet, J., Eds. 1986. Studies on Shallow Lakes and Ponds. Acad. Publ. House, Czechoslovak Acad. Sci., Praha. 256 pp.

      Hogarth, P.J. 2000. The Biology of Mangroves.
      Oxford University Press, New York. WWW: 228 pp.

        This review of the scientific literature is all about mangrove trees: their distribution,
        environment, reproductive adaptations; the mangrove ecosystem, form, zonation; the mangrove
        community, terrestrial components, including associated plants and animals (“insects, spiders,
        vertebrates”); the mangrove community, marine components, including algae, root fauna,
        crustacea, molluscs and fish; measuring and modelling mangroves; comparisons and
        connections, biodiversity and biogeography; impacts and uses, mangroves and pollution,
        hurricanes, rehabilitation and climate change.

        The book comes complete with an extensive bibliography, web site listing, recommended
        readings, and glossary.

      Hook, D.D., McKee, W.H., Smith, H.K., Gregory, J. et al., Eds. 1988. The Ecology and Management of Wetlands, Volume 1: Ecology of Wetlands. Croom Helm, London & Sydney, Timber Press, Portland, OR. 592 pp.y.

      Hutchinson, G.E. 1975. A Treatise on Limnology. Vol. III.
      Limnological Botany.
      John Wiley & Sons, New York. 659 pp.

      Keddy, P.A. 2000. Wetland Ecology – Principles and Conservation. 614
      pp. Cambridge University Press, New York. WWW:

        For researchers, enviro-managers and senior undergraduates, the eminent author of this book
        tries “to provide some unity and coherence in the study of wetland ecology” by providing “a
        synthesis of the existing field of wetland ecology”.

        Besides including an excellent and readable overview of wetlands, this book contains chapters
        which summarize what is known about wetland zonation and succession, diversity, hydrology,
        fertility, disturbance, competition, herbivory, burial, restoration and conservation, management
        and research. Examples from all over the world are included.

      Lee, R.E. 2008. Phycology (Fourth Edition). Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK. 547 pp.

      Lockwood, J.L., Hoopes, M.F., Marchetti, M.P 2007. Invasion Ecology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. 304 pp.

      Lorenzi, H.J., Jeffery, L.S. 1987. Weeds of the United States and Their Control. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. New York. 355 pp.

      Mitchell, D.S., ed. 1974. Aquatic Vegetation and Its Use and
      UNESCO, Paris. 135 pp.

        An overview of the science of aquatic plants and their management.

      Pastor, J. 2008. Mathematical Ecology of Populations and Ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell. John Wiley & Sons Chichester, UK. 329pp.

      Pieterse, A.H., K.J. Murphy, eds. 1990. Aquatic Weeds – The Ecology
      and Management of Nuisance Aquatic Vegetation.
      Oxford University Press, Oxford.
      593 pp.

        Intended as a textbook on aquatic weeds by the European Weed Research Society
        Working Group on Aquatic Weeds. The book is divided into three main parts: concepts,
        and characteristics of aquatic weeds; the management of aquatic weeds; and the present status of
        aquatic weed problems on various continents.

      Raghavendra, A.S., editor. 2000. Photosynthesis – A Comprehensive
      Paperback edition, with corrections. 376 pp. Cambridge University Press,
      New York, NY WWW:

        “Written by an international team of experts, this is the first advanced-level treatment which
        spans the broad range of the topic within a single volume…” Part I includes seven chapters on the
        cell and molecular biology of chloroplasts — structure; light-harvesting complexes; photo-systems I and II; pigments; chloroplast proteins; plastid genes; and electron transport. Part II
        includes eight chapters on physiology and biochemistry — carbon reduction; C4 pathway;
        crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM); intermediate photosynthesis; starch-sucrose metabolism;
        photorespiration; non-carbohydrate compounds; and respiration and nitrogen metabolism. Part III
        is about agronomy and environmental factors — canopy photosynthesis and crop productivity;
        water and salt stress; photosynthesis at low temperatures; acclimation to sun and shade;
        photoinhibition; effects of global climate change. Part IV includes special topics — evolution;
        modelling; chlorophyll fluorescence; action of modern herbicides; and biotechnology.

      Riemer, D.N. 1984. Introduction to Freshwater Vegetation.
      AVI Publishing Co., Inc., Westport, CT (now available from Krieger Publishing Co., Inc.,
      Melbourne, FL). 207 pp.

        A college-level introductory text on vascular plants of aquatic habitats, with an
        introduction to aquatic environments, biology of aquatic plants, and aquatic plants in relation to
        humans, including a section on the control of aquatic weeds. Although about thirty common
        aquatic plants are identified, this is not an identification manual.

      Scheffer, M. 1998. Ecology of Shallow Lakes. ITP, POB
      6904, Florence, KY 41022-6904. 357 pp.

        “It is not surprising that shallow lakes refuse to obey simple rules…” “Shallow lakes” here are
        defined as lakes that can have large colonies of macrophytes and where the entire water column
        is frequently mixed (polymictic lakes). This books “presents a theoretical framework for
        understanding the dynamics of shallow lake communities”, and includes mathemateical models
        and analyses. It is meant to be accessible to theoretical ecologists, as well as to lake managers,
        field biologists, and students. Chapters include The story of some shallow lakes; The
        abiotic environment; Phytoplankton; Trophic cascades; Vegetation; Managing the
        and a final chapter on The limits of knowledge. Some
        topics covered include storm effects on Lake Apopka; how light behaves under water;
        resuspension of sedimentation; competition between algae and cyanobacteria; the effect of
        planktivorous fish; effects of vegetation on turbidity; nutrient management, and many other

      Sculthorpe, C.D. 1967. The Biology of Aquatic Vascular
      Reprint 1985. Koeltz Scientific Books, Königstein. 610 pp.

        In the late Sculthorpe’s words, a “monograph treating all aspects of the comparative
        biology of freshwater and marine vascular plants.” Although written primarily for undergraduate
        and graduate students, the author hoped the book also would be useful to teachers and
        researchers in the field of aquatic biology.

        In July, 2000, the publisher, Koeltz, announced that they had “found” a number of copies of this
        book in their warehouse, and that they are for sale for approximately US$70. Contact them for
        more information: E-mail:

      Shine, C., N. Williams and L. Gundling. 2000. Legal and Institutional Frameworks
      on Alien Invasive Species — A Contribution to the Global Invasive Species Programme.
      Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 40. 138 pp.
      IUCN, The World Conservation Union, Publications Services Unit, Cambridge. In English;
      available in Spanish and French. WWW:

        This book, two years in the making by IUCN lawyers, intends to “provide national law and
        policy-makers with practical information and guidance for developing or strengthening legal and
        institutional frameworks on alien invasive species, consistent with Article 8(h) of the Convention
        on Biological Diversity.”

        It includes “scientific considerations for legislation”; economic, social, health, ecological and
        genetic impacts; discussion of current international law and trade agreements, with alien species
        examples; relationship between international and national frameworks; measures to prevent or
        minimise unwanted introductions; developing legal tools for non-native species control and
        support of native biodiversity; and measures to promote accountability. The book also contains a
        table of legal instruments and provisions.

      Tiner, R.W. 1998. In Search of Swampland — A Wetland Sourcebook and Field
      264 pp.
      IWEER, Leverett, MA WWW:

        This primer serves as an introduction to wetlands, and provides the basic tools to identify
        wetlands, their plant and animal life, and their hydric soils. It is written in a nontechnical style,
        but may be used as a textbook for courses in wetlands or environmental science.

        This illustrated book is divided into two parts. The Wetland Primer is an overview of wetland
        ecology, status and trends, and contains chapters on hydrology; soils; vegetation; wildlife;
        formation; functions; values; causes of wetland loss; and wetland protection. The Wetland
        Identification Guide is a field guide to 300 wetland plants, 200 wetland animals, and soils.

      Wetzel, R.G. 1983. Limnology – Second Edition. Saunders College Publ., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., Orlando, FL. 767 pp.