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Marine Biology

Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students in marine biology and marine ecology, Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach emphasises the ecological principles that govern marine life throughout all environments within the world's oceans. Its unique ecological approach adds real-world relevance by exploring how organisms interact within their individual ecosystems. The text is organised by habitat and each habitat receives detailed, in-depth coverage, giving instructors flexibility to focus on their particular areas of interest. The Fifth Edition is fully updated with the latest research data and topics, including expanded coverage of the human impact on oceans, oceanic dead zones, and coral reefs. In addition to Nybakken's engaging writing style, the text now offers enhanced pedagogy with new end-of-chapter summaries, a new four-color design to complement the art program, an art CD-ROM for instructors, and a text specific Companion Web site. *NEW! With updated references throughout, the text includes such current topic coverage as a new section comparing marine and terrestrial biodiversity, expanded material on the decline of world fisheries and the destruction of marine habitats through human activity, and new material on the physiology of deep sea organisms. *NEW! Other new material discusses plate tectonics and continental drift, migration differences in male and female elephant seals, and seasonality or lack thereof in reproduction. *NEW! This edition contains more geographically diverse environments. For example, there are many more examples of predation, herbivory, competition, and physical factors acting to form the Atlantic shore communities. *NEW! End-of-chapter summaries complement the inter-chapter summaries, end-of-chapter review questions, and references. *The book features a unique ecological approach and is organized by habitat, discussing organisms in the context of their communities.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Marine Environment. 2. Plankton and Plankton Communities. 3. Oceanic Nekton. 4. Deep-Sea Biology. 5. Shallow-Water Subtidal Benthic Associations. 6. Intertidal Ecology. 7. Meiofauna. 8. Estuaries and Salt Marshes. 9. Tropical Communities. 10. Symbiotic Relationships. 11. Human Impact on the Sea Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Dr. James Nybakken is professor of biological sciences at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, a consortium operation of seven of the California State Universities. His research interests are in the feeding ecology of certain groups of predatory marine gastropod molluscs. He regularly teaches three undergraduate upper division courses, marine invertebrate zoology, marine ecology, and microscope techniques, and two graduate courses, biology of the mollusca and a seminar. Dr. Nybakken is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and has served as an officer in five scientific societies. He has also served as editor or peer reviewer for 11 scientific journals. He has published 32 scientific papers and is the sole author of four books and co-author of three others. His biography appears in seven different biographical books. His hobbies include growing orchids, making wine, and cooking.

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