Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology with CD-ROM / Edition 2

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This new and revised second edition of Jeffrey S. Levinton's Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology promises to be as fascinating and informative as the first, with additions that bring it up-to-date on current research issues. Designed for one-semester junior/senior courses, this established volume stands as one of the most current and thorough resources for students in the multidisciplinary field of marine biology. The new edition includes significantly expanded coverage of marine mammals and hypothesis testing and offers entirely new sections on subtidal rocky reefs, metapopulations, marine invasions, marine protected areas and no-take fishery zones, and molecular approaches to marine biology and fisheries. It emphasizes the relationship of the functional ecology of organisms to higher levels of organization, including major marine habitats and ecosystems. It effectively describes a variety of current research areas, conveying the dynamic range of activity in the field, and uses "Hot Topics" Essays to teach students that scientific study is an active and ongoing process.

Complementing the text are a wealth of pedagogical features including:

· 32 full-color plates

· Expanded text boxes that highlight important and current research topics

· A self-test keyed to the chapters and bound into the back of the book

· The CD-ROM, "Marine Biology Explorations." This in-text CD takes students on a guided tour of marine environments and animals with approximately 450 full-color photographs and illustrations, annotated with informative descriptions. Images are from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. Each subject area allows students to wander in new environments and encounter new organisms and ecological features.

· A Website maintained by the author: This useful website provides links to other sites such as college marine biology programs, careers and jobs in marine biology and oceanography, reference sites, organism pages, marine biology research literature, and worldwide marine laboratories.

· Ancillary PowerPoint® Overheads. These elaborate overheads include most of the pictures from the text and are available free to adopters on a CD-ROM (call 1-800-280-0280) or from the Internet:

· An associated laboratory manual: Exploring Marine Biology by Paul Haefner. This book is the only manual of its kind with exercises that apply to all of the diverse marine habitats of North America. It meets the needs of any beginning marine biology student with little to no background in the biological sciences. Each unit includes a broad range of exercises, allowing instructors to select those that best match their needs. The manual is also unique in providing extensively illustrated identification keys for three of the major marine lifeforms: invertebrates, plankton, and fishes.
1996 272pp.; 101 illus.
0-19-51417-7 paper APS HAEFN

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent book! I am very impressed with the breadth of coverage and the amount of substantive biology, especially ecology, that Levinton has incorporated into the text without sacrificing clarity and readability. An impressive treatment suitable for a range of undergraduate courses!" --Larry McEdward, University of Florida

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195141726
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

State University of New York at Stony Brook
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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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