With growing awareness that peatlands are a key component of the carbon cycle in their role as a carbon sink, this book provides a concise introduction to peatland ecology with an emphasis on organisms that dominate peatland habitats.
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Håkan Rydin is professor in Plant Ecology at Uppsala University, where he teaches ecology courses.
His research focusses on the ecology of peatlands and the biology of bryophytes, both in peatlands and in other ecosystems. Over the years he has used peatlands to discuss ecological topics such as plant community structure, succession, and vegetation dynamics. His studies on the peat mosses (Sphagnum) cover ecophysiology, competition, niche relations, and dispersal. In more applied projects Rydin has dealt with the effects of nitrogen deposition and increased levels of carbon dioxide on mire ecosystems across Europe, and also worked with experiments on the restoration of drained peatlands. John Jeglum, recently retired, was Professor in Forest Peatland Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå, where he taught wetland ecology and peatland forestry. His research dealt with forest and peatland succession, and GIS analysis of peatland distribution in relation to state factors. Jeglum has studied peatlands in Canada (Saskatchewan, Ontario, Hudson-James Bay Lowlands), Sweden, Finland, and Ireland.
Contributing authors have provided sections by on tropical and southern hemisphere peatlands
"The book is a pleasure to read and an excellent resource for beginners and advanced students alike. ...Look forward to a new generation of interdisciplinary research stimulated by this book." -- The Bryologist
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