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Title:
The Ecology of rocky coasts : essays presented to J.R. Lewis
Author:
Lewis, J. R. (John Robert), 1924-
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1986]

©1986
Physical Description:
xi, 467 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780231062749
Format :
Book

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This impressive volume is more integrative than most festschriften. J.R. Lewis was important in building the current foundation of knowledge of intertidal ecology, and the book's dominant theme is the relationship of spatial and temporal patterns of shore organisms-predominantly seaweeds and sedentary invertebrates-to dynamics and processes of organisms' physiological tolerances and their biological interactions. The 24 authors represent a sufficiently diverse array of approaches and biases so that their summaries of present status and likely future directions of subfields attain a welcome overall balance. Among the controversies addressed are stability and persistence, physical versus biological factors in controlling zonation patterns, and community-level importance of ecologically different organisms at different size scales and their biotic interactions. Most chapters critically review aspects of intertidal ecology, but about a quarter of the book is devoted to the inshore subtidal zone. Geographically, the British Isles are emphasized, but the concepts presented are so general that the work is not provincial. Illustrations are rather sparse but well selected, and the 60-page bibliography is very complete and up to date.-A.J. Kohn, University of Washington