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Mudflat Ecology

  • Peter G. Beninger
  • The first synthesis of mudflat ecology ‘from the mud up’, starting with the geological foundations, and culminating in the exploitation of mudflat goods and services

  • Extensive information on data acquisition and processing at each level of study

  • Critical examination of the available methodologies and leading concepts in each field

  • Expert opinion on the most necessary and promising avenues of future research


Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter G. Beninger, David M. Paterson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jerónimo Pan, Paula D. Pratolongo, Diana G. Cuadrado
    Pages 11-42
  4. Daniel J. Mayor, Barry Thornton, Holly Jenkins, Stacey L. Felgate
    Pages 43-61
  5. Cédric Hubas, Claire Passarelli, David M. Paterson
    Pages 63-90
  6. Suzanne C. Dufour
    Pages 169-184
  7. Peter G. Beninger, Diana Cuadrado, Johan van de Koppel
    Pages 185-211
  8. David W. Thieltges, Kim N. Mouritsen, Robert Poulin
    Pages 213-242
  9. Claire Passarelli, Cédric Hubas, David M. Paterson
    Pages 243-269
  10. Jennifer Ruesink
    Pages 271-308
  11. Kimberley J. Mathot, Theunis Piersma, Robert W. Elner
    Pages 309-338
  12. Peter G. Beninger
    Pages 339-363
  13. Peter G. Beninger, Sandra E. Shumway
    Pages 365-387
  14. Peter G. Beninger, Inna Boldina
    Pages 389-419
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 421-429

About this book


Intertidal mudflats are distinct, highly-productive marine habitats which provide important ecosystem services to the land-sea interface. In contrast to other marine habitats, and despite a large body of primary scientific literature, no comprehensive synthesis exists, such that the scattered knowledge base lacks an integrated conceptual framework. We attempt to provide this synthesis by pulling together and contextualizing the different disciplines, tools, and approaches used in the study of intertidal mudflats. The editor pays particular attention to relationships between the various components of the synthesis, both at the conceptual and the operational levels, validating these relationships through close interaction with the various authors.


Aquafauna Biofilm Chemosybiosis Ecosystem Services Food Web Intertidal Land-Sea Interface Marine Habitat Microbiota Sea-Land Interface Shorebird

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter G. Beninger
    • 1
  1. 1.MMS, Faculté des SciencesUniversité de NantesNantesFrance

About the editors

Prof. Peter G. Beninger’s research focusses on the ecological consequences of marine organismic biology. This sometimes extends far out on either side of the organism-ecology interface, either delving into sub-cellular levels for the keys to phenomena such as sexual selection in crustaceans or particle processing in suspensivores, or critically examining the most appropriate statistical foundations for growth modelling or population-level analyses.  He has worked primarily on feeding, development, and reproduction in a diverse array of marine animals, including bivalves, gastropods, crustaceans, shorebirds, and the fascinating world of meiofauna.  Living close to extensive mudflats which are exploited for fishing and aquaculture, in both Canada and France, he has spent much of the past 30 years studying this environment.

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