Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes

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Overview

Until we have a firmer idea of the diversity of a wide range of marine habitats and what controls it, we have little hope of conserving biodiversity, or determining the impact of human activities such as mariculture, fishing, dumping of waste and pollution. This book brings together key studies from the deep sea and open ocean, to tropical shores and polar regions, to consider how comparable the patterns and processes underlying diversity are in these different ecosystems.

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"This is a useful gathering of well-written, nicely edited essays by (mainly British) experts to survey the many (cosmopolitan) studies on the subject...[T]his volume aptly summarizes what is known of marine biodiversity." Choice

"Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes would be a welcome addition to university libraries and to professional scientists engaged in community ecology and the new domain of biodiversity." Julie Ambler, Estuaries

"Marine Biodiversity helps to redress the balance by explaining major patterns of diversity in the marine environment." Linda Medlin, Nature

"Marine Biodiversity may be useful as a reference both to ecologists and environmentalists who are looking for hard data on subjects that are often discussed too generally in disparate journals. Some of the chapters are thorough reviews and others are research papers. All are well written with adequate black-and-white illustrations." The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521552226
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: the value of diversity Crispin Tickell; 1. Marine biodiversity in its global context M. H. Williamson; 2. Gradients in marine biodiversity J. S. Gray; 3. Pelagic biodiversity M. V. Angel; 4. Biological diversity in oceanic macrozooplankton: more than counting species A. C. Pierrot-Bults; 5. Large scale patterns of species diversity in the deep sea benthos M. A. Rex, R. J. Etter and C. T. Stuart; 6. Diversity, latitude and time: patterns in the shallow sea A. Clarke and J. A. Crame; 7. High benthic species diversity in deep-sea sediments: the importance of hydrodynamics J. D. Gage; 8. Diversity and structure of tropical Indo-Pacific benthic communities: relation to regimes of nutrient input J. D. Taylor; 9. Why are coral reef communities so diverse? A. J. Kohn; 10. The biodiversity of coral reef fishes R. F. G. Ormond and C. M. Roberts; 11. The historical component of marine taxonomic diversity gradients J. A. Crame and A. Clarke; 12. Population genetics and demography of marine species J. E. Neigel; 13. Discovering unrecognised diversity among marine molluscs J. Grahame, S. L. Hull, P. J. Mill and R. Hemingway; 14. Ecosystem function at low biodiversity - the Baltic example R. Elmgren and C. Hill; 15. Land-seascape diversity of the US east coast coastal zone with particular reference to estuaries G. C. Ray, B. P. Hayden, M. G. McCormick-Ray and T. M. Smith; 16. The development of mariculture and its implications for biodiversity M. C. M. Beveridge, L. G. Ross and J. A. Stewart; 17. Protecting marine biodiversity and integrated coastal zone management J. S. H. Pullen; 18. Conserving biodiversity in north-east Atlantic marine ecosystems K. Hiscock; Index.

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