Pt. 1: Invasions in North American salt marshes. Spartina introductions and consequences in salt marches: arrive, survive, thrive, and sometimes hybridize / D.R. Strong, D.R. Ayres -- Changes in community structure and ecosystem function following spartina alterniflora invasion of pacific estuaries / Edwin D. Grosholz ...[et al.] -- Invasive animals in marshes: biological agents of change / James E. Byers -- Phragmites australis in Eastern North America: a historical and ecological perspective / Laura A. Meyerson, Kristin Saltonstall, and Randolph M. Chambers -- Pt. 2: Human inputs and consumer effects. Opportunistic herbivores, migratory connectivity, and catastrophic shifts in Arctic coastal systems / Hugh A. L. Henry, Robert L. Jefferies -- Top-down control and human intensification of consumer pressure in Southern U.S. salt marshes / Brian R. Silliman, Mark D. Bertness, and Mads S. Thomsen -- Alligator hunters, pelt traders, and runaway consumption of Gulf coast marshes: a trophic cascade perspective on coastal wetland losses / Paul A. Keddy ...[et al.] Pt. 3: Land use and climate change. Shoreline development and the future of New England salt marsh landscapes / Mark D. Bertness, Brian R. Silliman, Christine Holdredge -- Tidal restrictions and mosquito ditching in New England marches: case studies of the biotic evidence, physical extent, and potential for restoration of altered tidal hydrology / Caitlin Mullan Crain, Keryn Bromberg Gedan, Michele Dionne -- Impacts of global climate-change and sea-level rise on tidal wetlands / J. Court Stevenson, Michael S. Kearney -- Potential impacts of elevated Cob2s on plant interactions, sustained growth, and carbon cycling in salt march ecosystems / Jordan R. Mayor, Caitlin E. Hicks -- Pt. 4: Die-off, loss, and conservation. From climate-change to snails: potential causes of salt march dieback along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and gulf coasts / David T. Osgood, Brian R. Silliman -- Patterns of salt marsh loss within coastal regions of North America: presettlement to present / Keryn Bromberg Gedan and Brain R. Silliman -- The use of science in the restoration of Northeastern U.S. salt marches / John Teal and Susan Peterson -- Conserving the diverse marshes of the Pacific coast / J.C. Callaway and J.B. Zedler -- Pt. 5: International perspectives. Human modification of European salt marshes / A. J. Davy, J. P. Bakker, M. E. Figueroa -- Human impacts and threats to the conservation of South American salt marshes / Mads S. Thomsen, Paul Adam, Brian R. Silliman. "Salt marshes are vitally important coastal ecosystems that filter water, buffer against storm erosion, and provide essential nursery habitat for important fishery species. Long thought to be resistant to ecological perturbations, salt marshes are now known to be highly sensitive indicators of environmental change and impacts. This state-of-the-science volume details how humans have modified salt marshes around the world and why these critical habitats desperately need protection. It also offers clear recommendations about what should be done to remediate current threats and restore the structure and function of salt marsh ecosystems."--BOOK JACKET.