560 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
With its clear and conversational writing style, comprehensive coverage, and sophisticated presentation, Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, Fifth Edition, is regarded by many as the most authoritative marine biology text. Over the course of five editions, Jeffrey Levinton has balanced his organismal and ecological focus by including the latest developments on molecular biology, global climate change, and ocean processes.
"Levinton does an excellent job in introducing fundamental concepts and then exploring them using recent scientific literature."
– Tara Duffy, Northeastern University
"Marine Biology been extremely useful in bridging the gap between students that lacked expertise in the marine field and gaining valuable insights to be successful in my classes. This is one of the few texts that has allowed me a more direct pathway for teaching students that have a limited background in the subject matter."
– Michael Franklin, California State University Northridge
"This text approaches the eclectic topic of marine biology as a combination of functional biology of organisms and ecology. Marine Biology, Fifth Edition, succeeds in covering the topic in a comprehensive manner, while neither oversimplifying it nor adding too many specialized details."
– Gail B. Hartnett, University of of New Haven
"Marine Biology is an effective teaching and learning treatise. This wonderfully illustrated book is comprehensive, has revealing coverage of specific sub-topics (Going Deeper) and current events (Hot Topics) on the oceans that make it both attractive and useful at the same time for both the teacher and the student."
– Bopi Biddanda, Grand Valley State University
"Marine Biology, Fifth Edition, is the only book right now that is suitable for majors and non-majors who want a rigorous introduction to marine biology."
– Erik Scully, Towson University
PRINCIPLES OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY
CHAPTER 1: Sounding the Deep
CHAPTER 2: The Oceanic Environment
CHAPTER 3: Climate Oscillations and Climate Change
CHAPTER 4: Ecological and Evolutionary Principles of Marine Biology
MARINE ORGANISMS: FUNCTION AND ENVIRONMENT
CHAPTER 5: The Chemical and Physical Environment
CHAPTER 6: Life in a Fluid Medium
CHAPTER 7: Reproduction, Dispersal, and Migration
ORGANISMS OF THE OPEN SEA
CHAPTER 8: Plankton
CHAPTER 9: Marine Vertebrates and Other Nekton
CHAPTER 10: The Open Sea: Distributions and Adaptations
PATTERNS AND PROCESSES IN THE WATER COLUMN
CHAPTER 11: Processes in the Water Column
CHAPTER 12: Productivity, Food Webs, and Global Climate Change
ORGANISMS OF THE SEABED
CHAPTER 13: Benthic Microorganisms, Seaweeds, and Sea Grasses
CHAPTER 14: The Diversity of Benthic Marine Invertebrates
CHAPTER 15: Benthic Life Habits
COASTAL BENTHIC ENVRIONMENTS
CHAPTER 16: The Tidelands: Rocky Shores, Soft-Substratum Shores, Marshes, Mangroves, Estuaries, and Oyster Reefs
CHAPTER 17: The Shallow Coastal Subtidal: Sea Grass Beds, Rocky Reefs, Kelp Forests, and Coral Reefs
FROM THE SHELF TO THE DEEP SEA
CHAPTER 18: Benthos from the Continental Shelf to the Deep Sea
CHAPTER 19: Polar Marine Biology
CHAPTER 20: Biodiversity and Conservation of the Ocean
HUMAN IMPACT ON THE SEA
CHAPTER 21: Fisheries and Food from the Sea
CHAPTER 22: Environmental Impacts of Industrial Activities and Human Populations
BONUS MOLECULAR TOOLS CHAPTER ONLINE
MARINE BIOLOGY JOURNALS
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Jeffrey S. Levinton is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.