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New Survey of Clare Island: v. 6: Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae

by  M.D. GuiryD.M. JohnF. RindiT.K. McCarthy
€ 20.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

January 2007

Paperback / softback

Number of pages: 254

ISBN: 9781904890317

In 1909-11 Robert Lloyd Praeger brought a team of 100 scientific specialists from all over Europe to map the flora, fauna, geology and archaeology of Clare Island, a small, exposed Atlantic island off the west coast. The gathering led to the publication of the path-breaking ‘Clare Island Survey’. A century later the survey was repeated as the 'New Survey of Clare Island' (1992-2009) and both works were published extensively by the Royal Irish Academy. This sixth volume provides the most comprehensive description of Irish freshwater and terrestrial algae published to date. Clare Island is one of the few known 'hotspots' of algal diversity in the world. As a result of extensive surveying by a team of specialists, the island is now one of the most intensively worked sites in Ireland and Britain. It has an amazingly rich algal flora, encompassing well over 700 species. The volume's arresting illustrations will intrigue amateur natural historians as well as providing an important reference work for academics and professionals involved in water quality.

About the authors

M.D. Guiry

Michael D. Guiry is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Emeritus Professor of Botany at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the co-editor of New Survey of Clare Island: v. 6: Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae (2007).

D.M. John

David M. John is a Professor and Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, London. His research interests centre around the taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of tropical marine algae and freshwater algae. He his co-editor of New Survey of Clare Island: v. 6: Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae (2007).

F. Rindi

Dr Fabio Rindi is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. A graduate of the University of Pisa, Italy, Dr Rindi was for a long time a postdoctoral researcher at the Martin Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway and at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, USA). In the course of his activity at NUI, Galway he was involved in the New Survey of Clare Island, to which he contributed for the parts concerning the benthic marine algae and the subaerial algae. The primary targets of Dr Rindi's research are marine red and green algae and terrestrial green algae. His current research includes projects on conservation of marine habitats formed by calcareous red algae, systematics of coralline red algae and phylogeny of green algae living in terrestrial habitats, particularly those belonging to the orders Prasiolales and Trentepohliales. 

T.K. McCarthy

T.K. (Kieran) McCarthy (1949-2019) graduated from University College Cork, with a first-class honours’ degree in zoology in 1971 and a PhD on the Irish freshwater Hirudinea (leeches) in 1974. Following post-doctoral research in Oxford, Finland, and Dublin, he was appointed to the Zoology Department, N.U.I., Galway. Throughout his career, and after retirement in 2011, he continued his research on a variety of aspects of freshwater ecology (limnology, entomology, fish parasitology and biogeography) and especially on European eels. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Łodz, Poland, and University of Tokyo, Japan.