Marine Organisms as Indicators

Editors: Soule, Dorothy F., Kleppel, Gary S. (Eds.)

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The need for a volume dealing with the concept of indicator organisms became evident during a symposium on the subject, organized by the present editors for the Southern California Academy of Sciences. Ques­ tions were posed about the appropriate uses of indicator organisms and the "rules" governing the application of the indicator concept to particular problems. For example, how does one distinguish true indicators from biological anomalies? What kinds of organisms can appropriately be associated with conditions and events at various scales in time and space? To what extent does one species represent other species in the same environmental setting? Can the indicator concept be applied to the context of modern sampling and analytical technology? How can anthropogenic perturbations be distinguished from natural phenomena? How can unlike matrices from differing data bases with differing scales best be matched? Such questions are especially pertinent in today's research environment. The use of indicator organisms, while certainly not new, is the corner­ stone for much scientific research. In the past two decades, indicator organisms have played increasingly important roles in the development and implementation of public policy. In particular, indicator organisms are being used to describe local environments and natural or anthropogenic perturbations to them, although there are pitfalls and problems associated with those usages. A growing number of nonbiologists, including physical oceanographers, find indicator organisms helpful, and sometimes essential, to their re­ search.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Marine Organisms as Indicators: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

    Soule, Dorothy F.

    Pages 1-11

  • The Use of Planktonic Organism Distribution as an Indicator of Physical Variability in Marine Environments

    Bratkovich, Alan

    Pages 13-34

  • Zooplankton: Scales of Biological and Physical Events

    Haury, Loren R. (et al.)

    Pages 35-72

  • Plant and Animal Pigments as Trophodynamic Indicators

    Kleppel, G. S.

    Pages 73-90

  • Fish Assemblages as Indicators of Environmental Change in Nearshore Environments

    Stephens, John S. (et al.)

    Pages 91-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marine Organisms as Indicators
Editors
  • Dorothy F. Soule
  • Gary S. Kleppel
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-3752-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-3752-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-8334-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 342
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