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ISBN: 9780073524207 / 0073524204
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: SEP-12
Pages: 480

Copyright: 2013
Edition: 9
Format: Hardback
Marine Biology

Peter Castro, Michael Huber
(Global Coastal Strategies, Brisbane, Australia)


About the book

Marine Biology covers the basics of marine biology with a global approach, using examples from numerous regions and ecosystems worldwide. This introductory, one-semester text is designed for non-majors. Authors Castro and Huber have made a special effort to include solid basic science content needed in a general education course, including the fundamental principles of biology, the physical sciences, and the scientific method. This science coverage is integrated with a stimulating, up-to-date overview of marine biology.
Key features

  • We continue to receive positive feedback from instructors and reviewers on our "Eye on Science" boxes — these are brief vignettes of major research programs or individual research projects. We have added thirteen ones to the ninth edition including the following:
    • “Carbonate Experiments on the Reef” (to emphasize that scientists conduct experiments in the field as well as in the laboratory)
    • “Life Below the Sea Floor” (marine biology extends deep into the earth)
    • “Larval Transport Near Hydrothermal Vents” (biologists need physical oceanography too!)
    • “A Fourth Domain of the Tree of Life'”
    • “Marine Algae as Biofuels”
    • “The Octopus’ Complex Brain” (they’re smarter than you think)
    • “Great White Shark Migrations”

  • We have also updated the information on climate change, ocean acidification, the nitrogen cascade, and stratospheric ozone depletion to reflect the torrent of new research on global change. Examples include new findings on the accelerating rate of climate change, loss of Arctic sea ice, and ecological impacts, for example on polar bears.
  • Special Report: Our Changing Planet. This current and informative insert highlights several key aspects of global change including: climate change, ocean acidification, the cascade of reactive nitrogen into the global environment, and stratospheric ozone depletion. It also includes coverage of worldwide declines of fisheries stocks, including three new figures, and the global loss of habitats The intent of the special report is to demonstrate the magnitude of the human footprint on Earth’s ecosystem processes.
  • Marine Biology features a global, non-regional perspective. That the world's oceans and seas function as a vast, integrated system is among the most important messages of this book. One aspect of this global approach is the deliberate inclusion of examples from many different regions and ecosystems, so as many students as possible will find something relevant to their local areas.
  • Known for it's outstanding art program, this text is illustrated by two professional illustrators with a strong reputation in the science field: Bill Ober and Claire Garrison. In the 9th edition they have brought new life to a number of illustrations and selected new photographs to make the artwork even more clear and visually appealing.

  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1 The Science of Marine Biology
    Chapter 2 The Sea Floor
    Chapter 3 Chemical and Physical Features of Seawater and the World Ocean
    Chapter 4 Fundamentals of Biology
    Chapter 5 The Microbial World
    Chapter 6 Multicellular Primary Producers: Seaweeds and Plants
    Chapter 7 Marine Animals Without a Backbone
    Chapter 8 Marine Fishes
    Chapter 9 Marine Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals
    Chapter 10 An Introduction to Marine Ecology
    Chapter 11 Between the Tides
    Chapter 12 Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea
    Chapter 13 Life on the Continental Shelf
    Chapter 14 Coral Reefs
    Chapter 15 Life Near the Surface
    Chapter 16 The Ocean Depths
    Chapter 17 Resources from the Sea
    Chapter 18 The Impact of Humans on the Marine Environment
    Chapter 19 The Oceans and Human Affairs



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