Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology / Edition 3

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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.
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"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

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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)
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195326949
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey S. Levinton is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Principles of Oceanography and Marine Biology
1 Sounding the Deep 3
2 The Oceanic Environment 17
3 Ecological and Evolutionary Principles 38
II Marine Organisms: Function and Environment
4 The Chemical and Physical Environment 79
5 Reproduction, Dispersal, and Migration 100
6 Life in a Fluid Medium 137
III Organisms of the Open Sea
7 The Water Column: Plankton 151
8 The Water Column: Nekton 168
IV Processes in the Open Sea
9 Critical Factors in Plankton Abundance 201
10 Productivity and Food Webs in the Sea 223
V Organisms of the Seabed
11 The Diversity of Benthic Marine Invertebrates 237
12 Seaweeds, Sea Grasses, and Benthic Microorganisms 269
13 Benthic Life Habits 277
VI Coastal Benthic Environments
14 The Tidelands: Rocky Shores, Soft-Substratum Shores, Marshes, Mangroves, and Estuaries 309
15 Sea Grass Beds, Kelp Forests, Rocky Reefs, and Coral Reefs 348
VII Processes on the Seabed, from the Shelf to the Deep Sea
16 From the Continental Shelf to the Deep Sea 387
17 Biodiversity and Conservation of the ocean 410
VIII Human Impact on the Sea
18 Food from the Sea 439
19 Marine Pollution 470
Glossary 495
Marine Biology Journals 504
Index 505
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