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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198528124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198528128
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,063,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This well-illustrated book collates and synthesies the diverse global literature on pure and applied aspects of temporary water habitats and their biota. The author definitely has a global focus...The book is surely in its scope and thoroughly referenced. (Basic and Applied Ecology)

...this work presents an informative overview of ephemeral aquatic ecosystems, and is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate courses or graduate seminars. (Choice, July 2007)

In this well-produced and carefully illustrated work, Williams consistently outlines the many gaps in our knowledge that will likely provide starting points for many theses richly detailed thoroughly referenced encyclopaedic in its scope suitable for practicing biologists, postgraduate students, and upper-level undergraduates. (J.S. Richardson, The Quarterly Review of Biology)

A pioneering authority in the field, he has collated and synthesized a growing body of literature on the biology of temporary waters that represent a fascinating habitat for ecological and limnological research, incorporating a strong conservation component. Dudley Williams brilliantly compresses a huge, complex, perhaps unwieldy and occasionally unclear body of data into a surprisingly accessible account. The book is outstandingly successful and will soon be hailed as a most accessible text for graduate students and researchers. (Current Engineering Practice.)

Appropriately priced and will be suitable for practising biologists (The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol.822, pp168)

...thorough and extremely well referenced... (Biologist)

This well illustrated and fascinating book documents the life found in every possible sort of temporary water the authors enthusiasm for these is infectious and he will surely re-kindle interest in these habitats, for they illustrate many ecological principles this book draws together what is generally a very dispersed literature and provides a coherent account of this fascinating topic. (M. Young, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society)

About the Author

D. Dudley Williams is Professor of Zoology and Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Canada, and he also holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K. .

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I spotted this book in "my" library the other day. I only skimmed it, but it looks extremely interesting!

The "temporary waters" of the title include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, the water-retaining structures of certain plants, and man-made container habitats. Watch out, they are all teeming with life! The author is pretty thorough, and no temporary water seems obscure enough to avoid his detection. The rain-filled cup of a mushroom is a "temporary water" and houses oligochaetes (a kind of worms). Rainfilled puddles in eastern Utah, Dry Creek in Oklahoma and large flower bracts of the genus Heliconia are also of considerabe interest. Waterfilled snail shells may house at least four species of rotifers, at least on Jamaica. On a more sinister note, 67% of water-filled snail shells in Tanzania were found to contain larvae of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads dengue fever. In the United States, rain-filled tyres (for instance at rural dumps in southeastern Illinois) are also veritable havens for mosquitos, in particular the notorious Asian tiger mosquito. However, if there's leaf-litter in the tyres, copepods might destroy 90% of the mosquito larvae. Why not just remove the tyres?! Somebody should notify the proper authorities in downstate Illinois...

OK, I admit I was fascinated.

However, this work is *not* a popularized work for the layman, but a serious and scholarly study. Chapter-headings include "Water temperature and turbidity", "Population dynamics" and "Importance and stewardship of temporary waters". Still, this is one of the few heavy scientific works I've seen which I'm actually prepared to buy and attempt to digest -provided Amazon lowers the price!

Five stars.
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This is an excellent and essential follow up to Williams' earlier book the Ecology of Temporary Waters. He is to congratulated on this unique handbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just remove the tyres 2 Sept. 2012
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Format: Paperback
I spotted this book in "my" library the other day. I only skimmed it, but it looks extremely interesting!

The "temporary waters" of the title include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, the water-retaining structures of certain plants, and man-made container habitats. Watch out, they are all teeming with life! The author is pretty thorough, and no temporary water seems obscure enough to avoid his detection. The rain-filled cup of a mushroom is a "temporary water" and houses oligochaetes (a kind of worms). Rainfilled puddles in eastern Utah, Dry Creek in Oklahoma and large flower bracts of the genus Heliconia are also of considerabe interest. Waterfilled snail shells may house at least four species of rotifers, at least on Jamaica. On a more sinister note, 67% of water-filled snail shells in Tanzania were found to contain larvae of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads dengue fever. In the United States, rain-filled tyres (for instance at rural dumps in southeastern Illinois) are also veritable havens for mosquitos, in particular the notorious Asian tiger mosquito. However, if there's leaf-litter in the tyres, copepods might destroy 90% of the mosquito larvae. Why not just remove the tyres?! Somebody should notify the proper authorities in downstate Illinois...

OK, I admit I was fascinated.

However, this work is *not* a popularized work for the layman, but a serious and scholarly study. Chapter-headings include "Water temperature and turbidity", "Population dynamics" and "Importance and stewardship of temporary waters". Still, this is one of the few heavy scientific works I've seen which I'm actually prepared to buy and attempt to digest -provided Amazon lowers the price!

Five stars.
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It helped a lot my thesis
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