544 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
New to This Edition:
- Expanded coverage of ecological interactions, global climate change, methods of environmental assessment, and human impact on biodiversity
- Seven brand-new "Hot Topics in Marine Biology" essays
- More than fifty new photographs and line drawings
- A new discussion on the use of marine natural products in the development of drugs
Supplements Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/levinton): 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.
"Levinton's book is easy to follow yet challenging and is at a perfect level for undergraduate biology majors. The additional material that has been added to the new edition is highly relevant to the field of marine biology and includes many up-to-date topics that students will find intriguing."
– Jayson Smith, California State University, Fullerton
"I like the author's relaxed style of communication. The book is very readable at the undergraduate level, but it doesn't skimp on detail to explain a point. The author also brings in a number of personal experiences and observations from his research and travel. I think that this further serves to engage the students' interest and make them feel that they too can become marine biologists. Levinton's writing is accessible and engaging."
– Erin Burge, Coastal Carolina University
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
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Jeffrey S. Levinton is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.