Wetlands introduces students to the natural ecological functions and policy issues of wetlands so they will have a solid understanding of why these ecosystems are necessary and why their governance remains a significant environmental challenge. Although not a comprehensive overview on wetlands, it does provide background material for a more comprehensive investigation into the science behind and the management of these ecosystems.
Dr. Sharon L. Spray is assistant professor of political science and environmental studies at Elon University and teaches courses in American politics, international environmental policy, and domestic environmental politics and law. Dr. Karen L. McGlothlin is assistant professor of biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, island ecology, entomology, and developmental biology.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Wetlands Wildlife and Fisheries: A Biological Perspective of Wetland Ecosystems Chapter 3 Soils and Sediment: Understanding Wetland Biogeochemistry Chapter 4 Restoring our National Wetlands: Understanding Restoration Ecology Chapter 5 From Past to Present: An Historical Perspective on Wetlands Chapter 6 Muddy Policies and Tidal Politics: The Politics of Wetlands Chapter 7 The Value Resources: An Economic Perspective on Wetlands