This book provides the first synthesis of quantitative information on brown trout ecology. By comparing the brown trout to closely related species such as the Atlantic salmon, the Pacific salmon, and the rainbow trout, the author illuminates key issues regarding animal ecology in general. Topics include the global success of the brown trout, long-term case studies of the dynamics of one brown trout population, ecological differences between brown trout populations, natural selection and genetic differences between brown trout, and the mechanisms responsible for population regulation in juvenile trout. The book ends with conclusions that can be drawn about brown trout ecology, a discussion of how those conclusions can aid in conservation and management, and an effort to identify areas in need of further research. The book emphasizes the development, testing, and use of realistic mathematical models that have proven so effective in the preservation of valuable species. Students and professional ecologists, fish biologists, and fisheries managers will welcome this incisive resource.
`Frost and Brown's work "The Trout" has rightly been the touchstone against which all subsequent publications on the species have been judged: Elliot has produced a text of equal importance to the modern trout biologist and at an affordable price!'
`All fish population ecologists will want to read this book. Its detail serves to illustrate the principles of population ecology, bringing alive concepts that in the abstract are hard to grasp and sometimes tedious. The book will help students, at all levels, to apply the principles they read about in textbooks, and the textbooks themselves will soon be drawing on Elliott's summary of his own research for both inspiration and illustration. Researchers will
want to use the book as a source of ideas for their own work. These will all emphasize the excellent service Elliott has done for fisheries biology by carrying out the research and summarizing it in this
Paul J.B. Hart, University of Leicester, Journal of Fish Biology, Volume 46, Number 1, January 1995
This is a very carefully planned and well-written book. Its aims and overall structure are clearly outlined at the start and its conclusions spelled out as seven key points in the concludijng chapter. Elliott's style of writing is simple and concise ... As a result, the book provides a detailed and informative but easily-assimilated review of what must count as one of the key ecological studies of recent times. Felicity Huntingford, University of Glasgow, TREE,
Vol. 10, No. 2, February 1995
1: Introduction: the brown trout and quantitative ecology
2: The brown trout, a successful polytypic species
3: Case-study: population dynamics of migratory brown trout in Black Brows Beck, 1966-1990
4: Growth and energetics of brown trout
5: Case-study: growth and production of migratory brown trout in Black Brows Beck, 1966-1990
6: Ecological differences between brown trout populations
7: Natural selection and genetic differences between brown trout
8: Mechanisms responsible for population regulation in young brown trout
9: General conclusions