Exploring the potential use of bivalves as indicators and monitors of ecosystem health, this book describes live and computer simulated experiments, mesocosm studies, and field manipulation experiments. This second edition discusses major new developments, including phase shifts in many coastal and estuarine ecosystems dominated by suspension-feeding bivalves, the invasion or introduction of alien bivalve species, the rapid growth of environmental restoration focused on bivalves, and the examination of geological history with regard to global climate change and its impact on bivalve-dominated systems.
Historical Ecology of Bivalves
Physical Environmental Interactions
Temperature–Salinity and Other Factor Combinations
Organismic Scale Processes
Statistical Measures of Populations
Bivalves As Open Or Metapopulations
Life and Fecundity Tables
Diseases and Parasites
Population Energy Budgets
Grazing Theory as Applied to Bivalves
Methods Used to Estimate System Grazing
Ecosystem Metabolism and Nutrient Cycling
The Case of the Missing Nitrogen
Ecosystem Field Experiments
Ecosystem Health, Restoration, and Services
A Case Study: The Wadden Sea and the Invasion of Crassostrea gigas
Richard F. Dame, Ph.D., is Distinguished Palmetto Professor Emeritus of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. Dr. Dame received his B.S. degree from the College of Charleston, South Carolina in 1964. He obtained his M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971. He was a founding member of the Marine Science Program (1971-2006) at CCU. During the same time frame he was a very active research associate of the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, University of South Carolina. He has served as the external member on numerous Ph.D. candidate committees in the United States and Europe.
In addition to these academic activities, he served a two-year tour as the Ecosystems Program Director at the National Science Foundation. In recognition of his achievements he is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
Dr. Dame is an active scholar in the area of coastal and estuarine ecosystems. He is currently a review editor for the leading marine ecological journal, Marine Ecology Progress Series. The majority of his work has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Praise for the First Edition
"This is a well-produced book and Richard Dame has adequately reviewed marine bivalve ecology research…. I recommend the book as essential reading to anyone with a keen research interest in the ecology of marine bivalves.
—D. J. Wildish, Limnology and Oceanography
"The uniqueness of this volume bears on the systems ecology approach to marine bivalves…. In short, the Ecology of Marine Bivalves is a relatively brief overview of a very broad topic…. It will be a useful addition to marine ecologists and especially to ecosystem and system ecologists."
—Josef Daniel Ackerman, Ecology