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Introductory textbook. Covers the basics of marine biology with a global approach using examples from numerous regions and ecosystems worldwide.
Part I Principles of marine science: the science of marine biology; the sea floor; chemical and physical features of the world ocean. Part II Life in the marine environment: the business of life; marine prokaryotes, protists, fungi and plants; marine animals without a backbone; marine fishes; marine reptiles, birds and mammals. Part III structure and function of the marine ecosystems; an introduction to ecology; between the tides; estuaries - where rivers meet the sea; life on the continental shelf; coral reefs; life near the surface; the ocean depths. Part IV Humans and the sea: resources from the sea; the impact of humans on the marine environment; the oceans and human affairs.
Peter Castro realised that he had to become a marine biologist during a high school field trip to the coral reefs in his native Puerto Rico. He obtained a B.S. in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, but left the warm Caribbean for warm Hawaii to obtain a Ph.D.in marine zoology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Michael Huber was immediately fascinated by aquatic organisms when he caught his first trout on an Alaskan lake at age two. His interest in marine biology continued to grow over his ensuing school years,and he went on to obtain B.S. degrees in zoology and oceanography from the University of Washington in Seattle.