The broad definition of ecology is the study of organisms in relation to their surroundings. This book presents marine ecology as a coherent science, providing undergraduate students with an essential foundation of knowledge in the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs of today's courses.
A new chapter Human impact on the marine environment focuses on issues such as marine pollution, global warming, ocean management, marine nature reserves, and the effects of fisheries and aquaculture. New material has also been added on deep-sea hydrothermal vents and coral reefs, features such as El Nino, and ocean processes including the microbial loop, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and dimethyl sulphide (DMS).
- A highly accessible survey for undergraduate students
- A classic text completely revised and updated by a new author
- A new chapter covers the topical area of human impacts on the marine environment
Measuring and sampling
The seawater habitat
physical and chemical conditions
Organic production in the sea
The sea bottom
Energetics of a marine ecosystem
Human impact on the marine environment
Appendix 1: Topics for further study and class discussion
Appendix 2: Some laboratory exercises
Appendix 3: Some field course exercises, abundance scales, and a field course book list
Appendix 4: Marine stations and other organisations