The Hudson River Estuary

The Hudson River Estuary is a comprehensive look at the physical, chemical, biological, and environmental management issues that are important to our understanding of the Hudson River. Chapters cover the entire range of fields necessary to understanding the workings of the Hudson River estuary; the physics, bedrock geological setting and sedimentological processes of the estuary; ecosystem-level processes and biological interactions; and environmental issues such as fisheries, toxic substances, and the effect of nutrient input from densely populated areas. This book places special emphasis on important issues specific to the Hudson, such as the effect of power plants and high concentrations of PCBs. The chapters are written by specialists at a level that is accessible to students, teachers, and the interested layperson. The Hudson River Estuary is a unique scientific biography of a major estuary, with relevance to the study of any similar natural system in the world.

Jeffrey S. Levinton is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University and has worked for many years as a researcher in marine ecology and as a textbook writer in Marine Biology. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Fellow and has done research and lectured at many institutions throughout the world. He is also the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching.

John R. Waldman is Professor of Biology at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is a well-known fisheries scientist and is the author of a number of popular books innaturalscience. Before coming to Queens College, he worked for twenty years as a senior scientist of the Hudson River Foundation.

River, take me along,

In your sunshine, sing me a song

Ever moving and winding and free;

You rolling old river, you changing old river

Let's you and me, river, go down to the sea.

Bill Staines

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