The book provides a summary of worldwide research on the mites parasitizing freshwater mollusks and integrates new data regarding the evolutionary relationships among these mites. The mollusks, mainly freshwater mussels, are also major topics of the book. These mussels are considered the most threatened freshwater organisms in the world, with many species either federally protected or extinct. The book also provides numerous ideas for future research and focuses on the theme of watershed protection.
Dale Edwards is a professor and chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Evansville. He is broadly interested in ecology and evolution of organisms with symbiotic lifestyles, and has spent the past 27 years studying the evolutionary ecology of Unionicola mites that live in association with freshwater mussels. Edwards was formerly President of the Indiana Academy of Science.
Malcolm Vidrine is a retired professor of biology at Louisiana State University-Eunice.