Marine Biology

Marine Biology : Function, Biodiversity, Ecology

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 431 pages
  • 205.74 x 256.54 x 30.48mm | 1,133.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195085736
  • 9780195085730

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: Principles of Oceanography and Marine Biology. 1: Sounding the deep. 2: The oceanic environment. 3: Ecological and evolutionary principles. Part II: Marine Organisms: Function and Environment. 4: The chemical and physical environment. 5: Reproduction, dispersal, and migration. 6: Life in a fluid medium. Part III: Organisms of the Open Sea. 7: Plankton. 8: Nekton. Part IV: Processes in the Open Sea. 9: Critical factors in plankton abundance. 10: Productivity in the sea. Part V: Organisms of the Sea Bed. 11: The diversity of benthic marine invertebrates. 12: Seaweeds, seagrasses, and benthic microorganisms. 13: Benthic life habits. Part IV: Coastal Benthic Environments. 14: The tidelands and estuaries. 15: Sea grass beds, kelp forests, and coral reefs. Part VII: Processes on the Sea Bed, from the Shelf to the Deep Sea. 16: From the Continental Shelf to the deep sea. 17: Biodiversity in the ocean. Part VIII: Human Impact on the Sea. 18: Food from the sea. 19: Marine pollution. Glossaryshow more

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