The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences

Dear Colleagues:

We would like to draw your attention to a new book which has recently been published by Cambridge University Press that may be of interest to many on this list server. We are sending similar emails to the Quaternary and Diatom list servers.

The book is the much revised and enlarged version of a 1999 edition of a book with the same title.

Smol, J.P. and Stoermer, E.F. [Editors]. 2010. The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 686 pp. ISBN: 9780521509961

For more information on this new book, you can find it listed on the Cambridge University Press web site, or if you would like more information on the book, with a link to the CUP web site, go to the PEARL web site listing new books:

And click on the cover of the new book, and get more information.

Unfortunately, despite being published by a not-for-profit publisher, the book is still quite costly (partly reflecting its massive size – 686 large format, double-column pages).

If appropriate, please pass on this information to your institute library as well as any other colleagues who may be interested.

Below is the “blurb” associated with the new book.

This much revised and expanded edition provides a valuable and detailed summary of the many uses of diatoms in a wide range of applications in the environmental and earth sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of diatoms in analyzing ecological problems related to climate change, acidification, eutrophication, and other pollution issues. The chapters are divided into sections for easy reference, with separate sections covering indicators in different aquatic environments. A final section explores diatom use in other fields of study such as forensics, oil and gas exploration, nanotechnology, and archeology. Sixteen new chapters have been added since the first edition including introductory chapters on diatom biology and the numerical approaches used by diatomists. The extensive glossary has also been expanded and now includes over 1000 detailed entries, which will help non-specialists to use the book effectively.

Many thanks,

John Smol and Gene Stoermer