Marine Biology : Function, Biodiversity, Ecology
Jeffrey S. Levinton's highly acclaimed Marine Biology is regarded by many as the most authoritative text for undergraduate marine biology courses. Characterized by exceptionally clear and conversational writing style and comprehensive coverage, the text offers a sophisticated presentation featuring organismal and ecosystem ecology topics from an evolutionary perspective. Over the course of two editions, Levinton has balanced his organismal and ecological focus by including the latest developments from the world of molecular biology and presenting more discussion of oceanic processes. This thoroughly revised third edition includes the latest research developments in a new four-color format. It provides increased coverage of molecular biology and physical oceanography; greater emphasis on human impacts on the oceans, fisheries, and global climate change; new coverage of deep sea biology and polar oceans; additional quantitative material interwoven in the text, examples, and end of chapter problems; and highlights on current research efforts in the field.
- Hardback | 560 pages
- 223.52 x 281.94 x 30.48mm | 1,519.53g
- 04 Dec 2008
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 3rd Revised edition
- 106 halftones, 313 line illustrations
"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 "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
About Jeffrey S. Levinton
Jeffrey S. Levinton is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.
Table of contents
I. PRINCIPLES OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE BIOLOGY; 1. Sounding the Deep; 2. The Oceanic Environment; 3. Ecological and Evolutionary Principles; II. MARINE ORGANISMS: FUNCTION AND ENVIRONMENT; 4. The Chemical and Physical Environment; 5. Life in a Fluid Medium; 6. Reproduction, Dispersal, and Migration; III. ORGANISMS OF THE OPEN SEA; 7. The Water Column: Plankton; 8. The Water Column: Nekton; IV. PROCESSES IN THE OPEN SEA; 9. Critical Factors in Plankton Abundance; 10. Productivity in the Sea; V. ORGANISMS OF THE SEA BED; 11. The Diversity of Benthic Marine Invertebrates; 12. Seaweeds, Sea Grasses, and Benthic Microorganisms; 13. Benthic Life Habits; VI. COASTAL BENTHIC ENVIRONMENTS; 14. The Tidelands: Rocky Shores, Soft-Substratum Shores, Marshes, Mangroves, and Estuaries; 15. Sea Grass Beds, Kelp Forests, Rocky Reefs, and Coral Reefs; VIII. PROCESSES ON THE SEA BED, FROM THE SHELF TO THE DEEP SEA; 16. From the Continental Shelf to the Deep Sea; 17. Biodiversity and Conservation of the Ocean; VIII. HUMAN IMPACT ON THE SEA; 18. Food from the Sea; 19. Marine Pollution; Glossary; Marine Biology Journals