Book details

Publication date: September 2013
Features: Wall map plus over 450 figures: maps, illustrations, graphs, charts, photographs, aerial photographs, notes, bibliography, appendices, index; colour throughout
Keywords: Nature;Ecology;Rivers;Petroleum Industry
Subject(s): NATURE / Ecology, Nature / Ecology / Rivers / Petroleum Industry, SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General, Earth sciences, Nature;Ecology;Rivers;Petroleum Industry, Natural History, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Science
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Dr. Kevin P. Timoney. Kevin P. Timoney, ecologist, researcher, teacher, and writer, is committed to solving complex environmental and ecological problems. He has devoted the past 20 years to studying the ecology and dynamics of the Peace-Athabasca Delta. He lives in Ardrossan, Alberta.

"As Dr. Timoney makes perfectly clear in this beautifully written and illustrated book, the Peace-Athabasca Delta is a world treasure. The author has written a book based on scientific evidence, and he has done so with passion. This is an important book that should be read by scientists, naturalists, and anyone who is concerned about the environmental degradation of our planet." John P. Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC, Department of Biology, Queen's University

"This book systematically brings together significant contributions by scientists and non-scientists-such as trappers, fishermen, wardens, naturalists-and incorporates substantial field observations by the author and colleagues. Hence, the 'portrait' is an amazing synthesis of the combined efforts of hundreds of people. Nothing else like it exists." George H. La Roi, Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology and Vegetation Science, University of Alberta

"Kevin P. Timoney...has given us a rich portrait that, like all great works, feels stirringly true and proves deeply troubling at the same time. To say this book is timely and relevant would be an understatement.... Those looking for sensationalism, or expecting bleakness, won't find any here. This book is an attempt to reach out to all sides and improve the quality of the conversation.... Dealing in facts, and free of any alienating rhetoric, the details in the book accumulate like sediment, culminating in a reading experience that is new, complex and potentially life-changing." Brenda Schmidt, October 28, 2013 [Full review at]

"Like the delta, this book of [Timoney's] is a jewel.... [It] provides a clear understanding of the region, its history, ecology and issues and in doing so Timoney has set a standard for books of this nature.... [Peace-Athabasca Delta] provides a blueprint in terms of the type of information we need and how to best present it to allow us to make better, informed decisions." Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook [Full review at]

"An environmental researcher in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Timoney profiles the delta that has developed where the Peace River empties into Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta, characterizing it as a wetland jewel within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. He discusses the delta as a physical and biological system, processes of change, the history of environmental change, human activity, and the future. Among specific topics are physical environment and landforms, fauna and wildlife, climate and climate change, the natural and historical records of change, human history before the 20th century, and human effects on the delta region. Color maps and other illustrations abound." 2013 Book News Inc.

"The judges were unanimous in their love of the elegant, understated cover of this book, the most 'honest' in the group. The design shows restraint and modesty in the service of functionality, which is a smart choice for such complex material."

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada

"This large and comprehensive work provides a detailed view of the Peace-Athabasca delta in Canada, one of the largest inland deltas of the world.... Because of its length (it is almost 600 pages), it is difficult in a short review to do justice to this detailed and engaging work.... According to the author, the book is a synthesis of what is known about the delta, an environmental history, a reference book, and a field guide. It is all of these. The book is intended for a wide audience including natural scientists; those involved in the management, health, and policy of natural systems; naturalists; engineers in government and non-governmental organizations; and students and teachers of ecological and environmental studies. The book...should be of interest to ecologists and environmental scientists generally as a compendium of information on one of the more important wetland ecosystems of the world." [DOI:]

John W. Day, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

Like much of northern Canada, the Peace-Athabasca Delta is little known, little studied, but a fascinating and significant place... Kevin Timoney’s magnum opus attempts to synthesize a career dedicated to the Delta into a book that is 'an environmental history, a reference book, and a field guide' (p. 10). It largely succeeds in this endeavour, and it is gorgeous with a generous number of glossy maps and photos... [T]his book manages the unusual feat of being useful for lay readers and ... academics..." [Full article at doi: 10.1093/envhis/emv185]

Troy Vettese, Environmental History

"The book provides a broad overview of everything in the Peace-Athabasca Delta from the plant and animal life in the wetland, to the changes it has seen environmentally and physically, to the effect humanity has had on the area."

The Sherwood Park-Strathcona County News

The Alcuin Society Citations for Excellence in Book Design in Canada - Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, Reference, Canada
Lane Anderson Award, Canada
Scholarly Book of the Year - Alberta Book Awards, Canada
Foreword ix
1 | Introduction 1
A | The Delta as a Physical and Biological System
2 | The Delta’s Physical Environment and Landforms 15
3 | Natural History Flora and Vegetation 57
4 | Natural History Fauna and Wildlife 119
B | Processes of Change in the Delta
5 | Climate and Climate Change Principles and Processes 149
6 | Physical and Hydrological Processes of Change 167
C | History of Environmental Changes in the Delta
7 | The Natural Record of Change in the Delta 203
8 | The Historic Record of Change in the Delta 227
D | Human Activity in the Delta
9 | Human History Prior to the 20th Century 291
10 | Human History After 1900 315
11 | Human Effects Upon the Delta Region 361
E | The Future
12 | The Future 441
Acknowledgements 455
References 459
ISBNs: 9780888646033 978-0-88864-603-3 Title: the peace-athabasca delta