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Fifty years after the ‘‘Homage to Santa Rosalia’’: Old and new paradigms on biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems

  • Luigi Naselli-Flores
  • Giampaolo Rossetti
  • Celebrates biodiversity in the "International Year of Biodiversity"

  • Opens the way to new paradigms in the investigation of biodiversity

  • Deals with aquatic biodiversity, the most threatened compartment of the biosphere


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology 213 book series (DIHY, volume 213)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Luigi Naselli-Flores, Giampaolo Rossetti
    Pages 1-5
  3. Sidinei Magela Thomaz, Thaisa Sala Michelan, Priscilla Carvalho, Luis Mauricio Bini
    Pages 7-13
  4. Elena Litchman, Paula de Tezanos Pinto, Christopher A. Klausmeier, Mridul K. Thomas, Kohei Yoshiyama
    Pages 15-28
  5. Jean-Pierre Descy, Anne-Laure Tarbe, Stéphane Stenuite, Samuel Pirlot, Johan Stimart, Julie Vanderheyden et al.
    Pages 29-44
  6. Judit Padisák, Éva Hajnal, Lothar Krienitz, József Lakner, Viktória Üveges
    Pages 45-64
  7. Birte Matthiessen, Robert Ptacnik, Helmut Hillebrand
    Pages 65-78
  8. Koenraad Muylaert, Carmen Pérez-Martínez, Pedro Sánchez-Castillo, Torben L. Lauridsen, Maarten Vanderstukken, Steven A. J. Declerck et al.
    Pages 79-90
  9. Z. Maciej Gliwicz, Wayne A. Wursbaugh, Ewa Szymanska
    Pages 103-117
  10. Giuseppe Alfonso, Genuario Belmonte, Federico Marrone, Luigi Naselli-Flores
    Pages 149-164
  11. Luigi Naselli-Flores, Giampaolo Rossetti
    Pages 235-243

About this book


This book celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of publication of one of the landmarks of the modern ecological thought: the “Homage to Santa Rosalia or why are there so many kinds of animals” by George Evelyn Hutchinson. Published in 1959 in the journal “The American Naturalist”, this article has been the engine which have moved most of the ecological research on biodiversity in the last half a century. Hutchinson starts his article by telling the legend of Santa Rosalia, a hermit who died in the second half of the XIII century and who spent the last years of her life in a cave nearby a pond. In this pond Hutchinson collected two species of aquatic insects and took the inspiration to explore the reasons why life is present on our Planet in such amazing variety of forms. This article thus inaugurated the season of research on biodiversity. Researchers and students in the field of ecology are the readers to whom this book is mainly addressed but also those involved in the history of Science will find in this book useful information. Issued in 2010, which has been declared “international Year of Biodiversity” by the United Nations, this book is also a tribute to the biological diversity allowing, enriching and sustaining human life.


Biodiversity Ecology Species richness ecosystem ecosystems macrophytes phytoplankton plankton species diversity submerged macrophytes zooplankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Naselli-Flores
    • 1
  • Giampaolo Rossetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Botanical SciencesUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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From the reviews:

“The articles comprise a wide range of approaches from reviews to the results of specific studies which deal with biodiversity and its ecological function. … They provide a perfect paper for the hasty reader which offers a general access to the topics of the book and makes it easy to identify specific articles for further reading. … I would like to wish the book a broad audience also within the non-ecological community.” (Dieter Leßmann, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 13, 2012)