Research studies aid forested wetlands managers

By Tom Lollis

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A new book provides information on tidal freshwater forested wetlands for natural-resource managers, scientists and students interested in the complex dynamics of the coastal ecosystem.

The 518-page book – “Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States” – compiles up-to-date findings about the hydrology, biochemistry, community ecology, forestry, stress physiology, and restoration of tidal freshwater forested wetlands. This fragile ecosystem is sensitive to sea-level rise and increased frequency of drought or flood.

The information comes from case studies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana contributed by 17 scientists in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Global Change Research Program.

Will Conner, ecologist at Clemson’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, edited the book with Thomas Doyle and Ken Krauss at the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La.

For information: Will Conner, 843-546-6323,