Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology / Edition 3

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* Examines marine biology from a unique global and evolutionary perspective

* Written in a clear, conversational style

* Filled with full-color photographs from the world's finest marine biologists

* Robust pedagogy includes "Key Concept" headings, "Basic Facts" summaries, "Going Deeper" boxes, end-of-chapter exercises, and more



Companion Website ( Maintained by the author, this comprehensive resource offers students cited references, "Key Concept" summaries, "Marine Biology Explorations" interactive tours, news updates, helpful review and study tools, and more. For adopting instructors, the site offers password-protected PowerPoint-based lecture notes and downloadable images from the text.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM: Available to adopting instructors, the CD includes all of the resources listed above along with a Test Bank of approximately 400 questions.

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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 (
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 (
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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

"Highly enjoyable to read. Levinton's writing is engaging and approachable. I am impressed by his ability to weave in examples that support the concepts. The book provides greater breadth of coverage than comparable texts, and the description of climate change is excellent and current."
—Fiona M. Harper, Rollins College

"There is a nice use of specific experimental examples to illustrate concepts. The inclusion of new data on climate change and ocean acidification, along with the new examples of fisheries and aquaculture biology, are very much appreciated."
—Karen Martin, Pepperdine University

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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

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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