30 YEARS OF WETLANDS: COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
Development of wetland science as a distinct field required consolidation of wetland-related publications in a recognized wetland journal. Growth of the Society of Wetland Scientists was thus tied to developing its own publication outlet. Wetlands debuted as the proceedings of the SWS meeting held in 1981, became a peer-reviewed proceedings in 1982, and was opened to outside submissions in 1983. As manuscript submissions increased, more papers were published, and more pages were produced. The journal moved to two issues in 1988, three issues in 1989, four issues in 1993, and six issues in 2010. Growth of the journal transformed it into the top journal in wetland science, with submissions coming from around the globe. The journal is multi-disciplinary in scope, exposing readers to a variety of ideas, methods, and applications.
In commemoration of the first 30 years of publication, we decided to prepare a virtual issue of Wetlands containing 30 papers from Volumes 1-30 deemed the most important in furthering the field of wetland science. “Important” can have many meanings, but the key factor is expanding our knowledge of the science and therefore influencing the direction of future work. To identify candidate papers for this issue, we prepared a rather lengthy list of papers with large numbers of citations. However, citation rate does not necessarily reflect importance, so we made inquiries to a selection of well-respected wetland scientists (many of whom served as Associate Editors for the journal and had reviewed the papers in manuscript form) and asked for input on our list, as well as additions that they might recommend. Ultimately, we developed independent lists of candidate papers and then reached agreement on the 30 to include in this issue. As our process likely excluded more recent papers, we additionally included 5 newer articles that received high praise during the review process and are anticipated to rise to the top. Regrettably, we are unable to list all papers clearly worthy of respect, of which there are many.
As Editors-in-Chief that ushered these papers from authors to publication, we hope that bringing them to the forefront again will encourage wetland scientists to give them another look. Literature buried in boxes, sitting on shelves, or archived in cyberspace serves little purpose. We hope that you will revisit these papers and reincorporate them into your thought processes to produce better science in the future.
Douglas A. Wilcox, Ph.D., PWS
Darold P. Batzer, Ph.D.
Aronson MJF, Galatowitsch S. 2008. Long-term vegetation development of restored prairie pothole wetlands
Euliss,NH, Smith LM, Wilcox DA, Browne, BA. 2008. Linking ecosystem processes with wetland management goals: Charting a course for a sustainable future
Shih JG, Finkelstein, SA. 2008. Range dynamics and invasive tendencies in Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia in Eastern North America derived from herbarium and pollen records
Fennessy MS , Jacobs AD, Kentula ME. 2007. An evaluation of rapid methods for assessing the ecological condition of wetlands
Rittenhouse TAG, Semlitsch RD. 2007. Distribution of amphibians in terrestrial habitat surrounding wetland
Scholz M, Harrington R, Carroll P, Mustafa A . 2007. The Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW) concept
Bridgham SD, Megonigal JP, Keller JK , Bliss NB, Trettin C. 2006. The carbon balance of North American wetlands
Houlahan JE, Keddy PA, Makkay K , Findlay CS. 2006. The effects of adjacent land use on wetland species richness and community composition
Euliss NH, Labaugh JW, Fredrickson LH, Mushet DM, Laubhan MRK, Swanson GA, Winter TC, Rosenberry DO, Nelson RD. 2004. The wetland continuum: A conceptual framework for interpreting biological studies
Turetsky MR, Manning SW, Wieder RK. 2004. Dating recent peat deposits
Sheridan P, Hays C. 2003. Are mangroves nursery habitat for transient fishes and decapods?
Tiner RW. 2003. Geographically isolated wetlands of the United States
Wilcox DA, Meeker JE, Hudson PL , Armitage BJ, Black MG, Uzarski DG. 2002. Hydrologic variability and the application of index of biotic integrity metrics to wetlands: A Great Lakes evaluation
Woo I, Zedler JB. 2002. Can nutrients alone shift a sedge meadow towards dominance by the invasive Typha x glauca?
Roulet NT. 2000. Peatlands, carbon storage, greenhouse gases, and the Kyoto Protocol: Prospects and significance for Canada
Benoit LK, Askins RA. 1999. Impact of the spread of Phragmites on the distribution of birds in Connecticut tidal marshes
Galatowitsch SM, Anderson NO, Ascher PD. 1999. Invasiveness in wetland plants in temperate North America
Keough JR , Thompson TA, Guntenspergen GR , Wilcox, DA. 1999. Hydrogeomorphic factors and ecosystem responses in coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes
Lehtinen RM, Galatowitsch SM, Tester JR. 1999. Consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation for wetland amphibian assemblages
Friedman JM, Osterkamp WR, Scott ML, Auble GT. 1998. Downstream effects of dams on channel geometry and bottomland vegetation: Regional patterns in the Great Plains
Mahoney JM, Rood SB. 1998. Streamflow requirements for cottonwood seedling recruitment - An integrative model
Patten DT. 1998. Riparian ecosystems of semi-arid North America: Diversity and human impacts
Bridgham SD, Pastor J, Janssens JA , Chapin C , Malterer TJ. 1996. Multiple limiting gradients in peatlands: A call for a new paradigm
Craft CB, Vymazal J. 1995. Response of Everglades plant-communities to nitrogen and phosphorus additions
Winter TC, Rosenberry DO. 1995. The interaction of ground water with Prairie Pothole wetlands in the Cottonwood Lake Area, East-central North Dakota, 1979-1990
Mendelssohn IA, Kleiss BA, Medina R. 1994. Factors controlling the formation of oxidized root channels – A review
Minello TJ, Zimmerman RJ, Medina R. 1994. The importance of edge for natant macrofauna in a created salt-marsh
Richardson CJ. 1994. Ecological functions and human-values in wetlands - a framework for assessing forestry impacts
Brinson MM. 1993. Changes in the functioning of wetlands along environmental gradients
Gibbs JP. 1993. Importance of small wetlands for the persistence of local-populations of wetland-associated animals
All papers free upon request
If you do not have access to these papers through your institution or through the Society, you can request free copies by emailing Scott Epstein at email@example.com. No questions asked, no strings attached, no contact information collected.
And These Recent Papers Freely Available!
We would also like to mention, again, these five highly recommended papers from 2009 and 2010. You can access these for free just by clicking on the links!
Carbon Storage and Flux Within Freshwater Flatlands: A Critical Review, Kayranli, B; Scholz, M; Mustafa, A; Hedmark, A
Litter Accumulation Promotes Dominance of Invasive Species of Cattails (Tpha Spp.) in Lake Ontario Wetlands, Vaccaro, LE; Bedford, BL; Johnston, CA
Vegetation Characteristics of Swainson’s Warbler Habitat at the White River National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas, Brown, JD; Benson, TJ; Bednarz, JC
Cumulative Impacts of Hurricanes on Florida Mangrove Ecosystems: Sediment Deposition, Storm Surges, and Vegetation, Smith, TJ (Smith, Thomas J., III); Anderson, GH; Balentine, K; Tiling, G; Ward, GA; Whelan, KRT
]A Classification of Major Naturally-Occurring Amazonian Lowland Wetlands, by Junk, WJ ; Piedade, MTF ; Schongart, J; Cohn-Haft, M ; Adeney, JM ; Wittmann, F