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Brazilian Estuaries

A Benthic Perspective

  • Paulo da Cunha Lana
  • Angelo Fraga Bernardino

Part of the Brazilian Marine Biodiversity book series (BMB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Guilherme C. Lessa, Felipe M. Santos, Pedro W. Souza Filho, Luiz César Corrêa-Gomes
    Pages 1-37
  3. José Souto Rosa Filho, Luci Cajueiro Carneiro Pereira, Daiane Aviz, César França Braga, Marcela Carneiro Monteiro, Rauquírio Albuquerque Marinho da Costa et al.
    Pages 39-74
  4. Rafaela Camargo Maia, José Souto Rosa Filho, Cristina de Almeida Rocha-Barreira, Helena Matthews-Cascon, Emanuel Soares dos Santos, Heleny Noronha David et al.
    Pages 75-94
  5. Angelo Fraga Bernardino, Alice Reis, Antônio Carlos Dórea Pereira Filho, Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira Gomes, Lorena Bonno Bissoli, Francisco Carlos Rocha de Barros Jr
    Pages 95-116
  6. Paulo da Cunha Lana, Ronaldo Christofoletti, João Bosco Gusmão Jr, Thayanne Lima Barros, Daphne Spier, Tânia Marcia Costa et al.
    Pages 117-175
  7. Sérgio A. Netto, Paulo R. Pagliosa, André Colling, Alessandra L. Fonseca, Kalina M. Brauko
    Pages 177-212

About this book


This book presents the main drivers of benthic structure and processes in estuaries from the 8,000 km-Brazilian coast, assesses the influence of natural and human disturbance, and discusses their ecological importance and management needs. Estuaries are unique coastal ecosystems often with low biodiversity that sustain and provide essential ecological services to mankind. These ecosystems include a variety of habitats with their own sediment­fauna dynamics, all of them globally altered or threatened by human activities. Mangroves, saltmarshes, tidal flats and other confined estuarine systems are under increasing stress by overfishing and other human activities leading to habitat and species loss. Combined changes in estuarine hydromorphology and in climate pose severe threats to estuarine ecosystems at a global scale.


Estuaries Esturine Ecology Coastal Marine Ecosystems Biodiversity Human Impact and Exploration

Editors and affiliations

  • Paulo da Cunha Lana
    • 1
  • Angelo Fraga Bernardino
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Estudos do MarUniversidade Federal do ParanáPontal do SulBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Oceanografia e EcologiaUniversidade Federal do Espirito SantoVitóriaBrazil

About the editors

Paulo da Cunha Lana is a biological oceanographer, marine ecologist and taxonomist (DSc in Biological Oceanography, University of São Paulo, 1984). He is a Full Professor at Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil. He is interested in understanding why benthic animals are where they are, how they have arrived there, how they live and persist and why they are likely to disappear from time to time.

Angelo Fraga Bernardino PhD in Oceanography (2009) from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Dr. Bernardino works with benthic ecology along coastal and deep-sea Continental Margin Ecosystems. He is currently involved in a number of research projects that investigate benthic ecology and function on estuarine and coastal habitats in order to support marine conservation.

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