The Ecology of a Salt Marsh

  • Lawrence R. Pomeroy
  • Richard G. Wiegert

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ecosystem Structure and Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. G. Wiegert, L. R. Pomeroy, W. J. Wiebe
      Pages 3-19
    3. L. R. Pomeroy, J. Imberger
      Pages 21-36
  3. Salt-Marsh Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. L. R. Pomeroy, W. M. Darley, E. L. Dunn, J. L. Gallagher, E. B. Haines, D. M. Whitney
      Pages 39-67
    3. C. L. Montague, S. M. Bunker, E. B. Haines, M. L. Pace, R. L. Wetzel
      Pages 69-85
    4. W. J. Pfeiffer, R. G. Wiegert
      Pages 87-112
    5. R. R. Christian, R. B. Hanson, J. R. Hall, W. J. Wiebe
      Pages 113-135
    6. W. J. Wiebe, R. R. Christian, J. A. Hansen, G. King, B. Sherr, G. Skyring
      Pages 137-159
  4. The Salt-Marsh Ecosystem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. D. M. Whitney, A. G. Chalmers, E. B. Haines, R. B. Hanson, L. R. Pomeroy, B. Sherr
      Pages 163-181
    3. R. G. Wiegert, R. R. Christian, R. L. Wetzel
      Pages 183-218
    4. R. G. Wiegert, L. R. Pomeroy
      Pages 219-230
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-271

About this book


Ecologists have two long-standing ways to study large ecosystems such as lakes, forests, and salt-marsh estuaries. In the first, which G. E. Hutchinson has called the holological approach, the whole ecosystem is first studied as a "black box," and its components are investigated as needed. In the second, which Hutchinson has called the merological approach, the parts of the system are studied first, and an attempt is then made to build up the whole from them. For long-term studies, the holological approach has special advantages, since the general patterns and tentative hypotheses that are first worked out help direct attention to the components of the system which need to be studied in greater detail. In this approach, teams of investigators focus on major func­ tions and hypotheses and thereby coordinate their independent study efforts. Thus, although there have been waves, as it were, of investigators and graduate students working on different aspects of the Georgia salt-marsh estuaries (personnel at the Marine Institute on Sapelo Island changes every few years), the emphasis on the holo­ logical approach has resulted in a highly differentiated and well-coordinated long-term study. Very briefly, the history of the salt-marsh studies can be outlined as follows. First, the general patterns of food chains and other energy flows in the marshes and creeks were worked out, and the nature of imports and exports to and from the system and its subsystems were delimited.


Ecosystems Salt Sapelo Island /Geographie chemistry ecology ecosystem environment fauna forest geomorphology landscape ecology microbes nitrogen phytoplankton plankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence R. Pomeroy
    • 1
  • Richard G. Wiegert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Institute of EcologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-5895-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-5893-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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