Written by one of the most highly respected researchers in marine biology, this text is the most current and accessible treatment of all aspects of this interdisciplinary field. Marine Biology aims to heighten students' inherent fascination with the ocean and marine life and describes in an easily understandable manner the biological principles which govern marine biological systems. It introduces the rich diversity of the marine environment by focusing on three major themes: 1) function, the way organisms solve problems and the chemical and physical factors affecting these solutions; 2) biodiversity, an overview of the various life forms in the ocean; and 3) ecology, the interaction of organisms with their environment.
Designed for undergraduate courses at the sophomore to senior level, the book is designed to help students approach a great variety of material. Supplemented by suggestions for further reading, a glossary of important terms, text boxes highlighting significant equations and concepts, review questions at the end of each chapter, and an abundance of illustrative examples and visual material, this text is a fascinating introduction to marine biology which is both accessible to and captivating for students of marine biology, marine ecology, and marine science.
"Levinton's book is easy to follow yet challenging and is at a perfect level for undergraduate biology majors."--Jayson Smith, California State University, Fullerton
"Levinton's writing is accessible and engaging."--Erin Burge, Coastal Carolina University
From The Critics
This text offers coverage of how the principles of cell biology, biomechanics, ecology and other topics are applied to marine biological problems. It is designed for a one-semester course for students with a background in biology, but can be used in both less and more advanced situations. New sections discuss subtidal rocky reefs, metapopulations, marine invasions, marine protected areas and no-take fishing zones, as well as molecular approaches to marine biology and fisheries. With an emphasis upon the relationship of the functional ecology of organisms to higher levels of organization such as major marine habitats and ecosystems, Levinton (State U. of New York) presents eight chapters that describe a variety of current research areas, and includes 20 "hot topics" essays. The included CD-ROM contains about 450 images that illustrate specific ecological and functional relationships in a variety of major marine habitats, and it also provides internet links to many related topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A text designed for a one-semester course at the sophomore to senior level, assuming a previous college-level biology course. It focuses on function, biodiversity, and ecology, with an introduction to principles of oceanography and marine biology, and sections on marine organisms, processes in the open sea and on the sea bed, organisms in the sea bed, coastal benthic environments, and the human impact on the sea. Includes highlighted key terms and concepts, questions, boxes on pollution and fisheries, and a glossary, plus color and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)