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Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology

Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology
Author: Jeffrey S. Levinton
ISBN 13: 9780195326949
ISBN 10: 195326946
Edition: 3
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-12-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 640
List Price: $132.95

Widely regarded as the most captivating, accessible, and comprehensive text for undergraduate marine biology courses, Jeffrey S. Levinton's Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, Third Edition, examines marine biology from a unique global and evolutionary perspective. Written in a clear, conversational style, this highly acclaimed volume emphasizes the principles and processes that underlie—and unify—vastly different marine communities.


· Full-Color Format: Captures the vibrancy of marine environments in a stunning new full-color presentation. Features photographs from the world's finest marine biologists and more than sixty new line drawings. All color images are integrated directly into the body of the text.

· More Real-World Applications: Presents many new "Hot Topics in Marine Biology" essays, each highlighting new developments and real-world applications. Also includes engaging discussions of human impacts on oceans, fisheries, and global climate change.

· Current and Expanded Topics: Places students on the cutting-edge with the latest in marine biology research, including updated coverage of molecular biology, the coral reef crisis, deep sea biology, bioluminescence, polar oceans, remote sensing techniques, overfishing, microbiology, and ocean warming and acidification.

· Enhanced Pedagogy: Concludes each chapter with a bulleted "Chapter Summary"—an entirely new feature of this edition. "Going Deeper" text boxes provide students with opportunities for further exploration. Full-sentence summary statements begin each chapter section, keeping students focused on the "big picture" as they read.

Maintained by the author, this comprehensive tool provides a multitude of aids for students and instructors.
Student Resources

· "Marine Biology Explorations": An interactive tour that guides students through nine different marine habitats. Features more than 450 annotated photographs!

· News Updates: Recent breakthroughs and news from the field

· Extensive Web Links: Useful links to websites containing research literature and career information, as well as links to worldwide marine laboratory sites

· Summary and Review Aids (also available in the text)

Instructor Resources (available to adopters of the text and password-protected)

· Downloadable Electronic Images: All illustrations from the text available for lecture preparation

· PowerPoint Lecture Notes: More than 400 lecture notes slides, all organized by chapter

· Test Bank*: Approximately 400 questions—written by the author—in editable Microsoft Word files (*available only on the Instructor's Resource CD-ROM: contact your Oxford University Press sales representative for details)


A text designed for a one-semester course at the sophomore to senior level, assuming a previous college-level biology course. It focuses on function, biodiversity, and ecology, with an introduction to principles of oceanography and marine biology, and sections on marine organisms, processes in the open sea and on the sea bed, organisms in the sea bed, coastal benthic environments, and the human impact on the sea. Includes highlighted key terms and concepts, questions, boxes on pollution and fisheries, and a glossary, plus color and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)