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Title Prairie wetland ecology : the contribution of the Marsh Ecology Research Program / edited by Henry R. Murkin, Arnold G. van der Valk, and William R. Clark
Edition First edition
Published Ames : Iowa State University Press, 2000


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Description xiv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents Pt. I. Introduction. Ch. 1. Introduction to the Marsh Ecology Research Program / Henry R. Murkin, Bruce D. J. Batt and Patrick J. Caldwell / [et al.]. Ch. 2. The Delta Marsh / Bruce D. J. Batt -- Pt. II. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Carbon Budgets During the MERP Experiments. Ch. 3. The MERP Nutrient Budgets / John A. Kadlec, Arnold G. van der Valk and Henry R. Murkin. Ch. 4. The Baseline and Deep-Flooding Years / John A. Kadlec, Henry R. Murkin and Arnold G. van der Valk. Ch. 5. The Drawdown and Reflooding Years / Arnold G. van der Valk, Henry R. Murkin and John A. Kadlec. Ch. 6. Nutrient Budgets and the Wet-Dry Cycle of Prairie Wetlands / Henry R. Murkin, Arnold G. van der Valk and John A. Kadlec -- Pt. III. Prairie Wetland Ecology. Ch. 7. Vegetation Dynamics and Models / Arnold G. van der Valk. Ch. 8. Algae in Prairie Wetlands / Gordon G. C. Robinson, Sharon E. Gurney and L. Gordon Goldsborough. Ch. 9. Invertebrates in Prairie Wetlands / Henry R. Murkin and Lisette C. M. Ross. Ch. 10. Avian Use of Prairie Wetlands / Henry R. Murkin and Patrick J. Caldwell. Ch. 11. Ecology of Muskrats in Prairie Wetlands / William R. Clark -- Pt. IV. Summary. Ch. 12. Marsh Ecology Research Program: Management Implosions for Prairie Wetlands / Henry R. Murkin, Arnold G. van der Valk and William R. Clark / [et al.]. Ch. 13. Summary and Recommendations / Henry R. Murkin, Arnold G. van der Valk and William R. Clark -- App. 1. Summary of MERP Techniques and Sampling Program -- App. 2. Supplementary Nutrient Budget Information -- App. 3. MERP Publications and Graduate Studies
Summary "The early understanding of prairie wetland ecology was developed from research and conservation work inspired by the droughts of the 1930s. Although most waterfowl and wetland studies over the next 40 years were descriptive, they highlighted the importance of conserving northern prairie wetlands as habitat for the wide array of wildlife species occupying these dynamics systems. What was needed to advance management theory and practice was true experimental data so that hypotheses derived from published models of marsh wet-dry cycles could be tested."
"The Marsh Ecology Research Program (MERP) was the most ambitious experimental study in wetland ecology ever attempted. MERP was a long-term, multidisciplinary study of the basic factors controlling the productivity of prairie wetlands: water budgets (wet-dry cycles); marsh vertebrates and invertebrates; nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon recycling; macrophyte and algae production; and decomposition. Prairie Wetland Ecology summarizes the MERP study and presents for the first time the nutrient dynamics models that integrate all the data."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Wetland ecology.
Author Valk, Arnoud van der.
Murkin, Henry R.
Clark, William R. (William Richard), 1949-
Marsh Ecology Research Program.
LC no. 00027666
ISBN 0813827523 alkaline paper