Author: J. Reese Voshell, Jr. . Illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright
Popular interest in the observation and study of freshwater invertebrates is increasing. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America meets the needs of this growing audience of teachers, amateur naturalists, environmentalists, anglers, and others interested in aquatic biology by providing substantive information in non-technical language for about 100 of the most common groups of invertebrates found in the inland waters of North America.
Section I of the book provides background on the biology and ecology of freshwater environments and explains why and how this group of organisms can be studied, simply and without complex equipment, in the field and the laboratory.
Section II describes nearly 100 of the most common groups of invertebrates, usually at the taxonomic level of order or family. For each group, a whole-body color illustration is provided along with brief text pointing out the most important features to use to identify members of the group.
Section III contains expanded descriptions of the life histories, behavior, and ecology of the various invertebrate groups, and identifies their important ecological contributions and relationships to humans.
This guide has several strengths: it is broad in scope, geographically and taxonomically; it is written at a substantive yet easily accessible level that will appeal to both general readers and those with more advanced interest in the subject; and it contains numerous high-quality illustrations, including more than 100 specially commissioned color plates by the well-known scientific illustrator Amy Bartlett Wright, which will greatly facilitate the easy and rapid identification of specimens.
A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America by J. Reese Voshell, Jr. . Illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright. 2002, 5.25 x 8″, XIV+ 454 pages, 103 color pages, 135 b/w illustrations, references, index. ISBN 0-939923-87-4; 978-0-939923-87-8.
Dr. J. Reese Voshell, Jr.
Department of Entomology
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Dr. J. Reese Voshell, Jr. was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds degrees from Randolph-Macon College (B.S., 1969) and Virginia Tech (Ph.D., Zoology, 1976), and has taught in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech since 1976. He has received numerous research grants to study the effects of pollution and environmental stress on freshwater invertebrates and has been named to the University’s Academy of Teaching Excellence. Reese lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd County, Virginia.
During his 35 years of teaching and research, Reese has taught high school classes, college courses, and numerous outreach activities – all of which have brought him into contact with audiences ranging from small children to elderly adults. This lengthy and diverse teaching/outreach experience, coupled with his equally lengthy research on the biology and ecology of freshwater invertebrates, has prepared him well to create teaching/learning resources on the subject that are, in the minds of many users, the very best available.
Reese authored A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America in 2002, followed by Flash Cards of Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America and QuickGuide to Major Groups of Freshwater Invertebrates in 2009.
Reese is available for field trips, talks illustrated with slides, discussion groups, and book signings.
1. Aquatic Invertebrates in K-12 Education: These critters come pre-washed!
2. Aquatic Invertebrates and the Health of Streams: Why It’s Important to have Bugs in your system!
3. The Natural History of Freshwater Invertebrates: What Creepy-crawlies Live in Ponds and Streams and What Do They Do?
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About the Illustrator
Amy Bartlett Wright is a highly esteemed professional artist and scientific illustrator of natural history subjects with numerous books, murals, and diverse other illustrations to her credit. She holds a BA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Maryland (1980) and a Certificate of Scientific and Technical Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design/Continuing Education (1990). At present, Amy lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, continuing her artistic and technical work while also teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design/Continuing Education.