Salt marshes are vitally important coastal ecosystems that filter water, buffer against storm erosion, and provide essential nursery habitat for important fishery species. Long thought to be resistant to ecological perturbations, salt marshes are now known to be highly sensitive indicators of environmental change and impacts. This state-of-the-science volume details how humans have modified salt marshes around the world and why these critical habitats desperately need protection. It also offers clear recommendations about what should be done to re mediate current threats and restore the structure and function of salt marsh ecosystems.
Brian R. Silliman is Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Florida. Mark D. Bertness is Robert P. Brown Professor of Biology at Brown University. Edwin Grosholz is Professor and Alexander and Elizabeth Swantz Specialist in Cooperative Extension at the University of California, Davis.