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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713593.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Biology of Lakes and Ponds

Christer Brönmark

Lars-Anders Hansson

Oxford University Press

The chapter introduces the reader to the book structure, including the overall topics the abiotic frame, the organisms, biotics, food web interactions and biodiversity and environmental threats. In addition to laying out the structure, this chapter brings up some overarching concepts such as the niche, generalists versus specialists and factors determining the distribution of organisms in natural ecosystems.

Keywords:   lake, pond, ecosystem, food web, abiotic, niche

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