This marine biology text is built around two important themes - it emphasizes the ecological principles governing marine life throughout the world, and it applies a habitat approach to the study of marine environments. The book covers all the major habitats found in the oceans of the world, making it a highly flexible teaching tool. In each chapter a wide range of topics is covered for a given habitat, from coral reefs to rocky shores. This edition has been updated to include the most recent material on such topics as the effects of global warming, the importance of nanoplankton and hydrothermal vents.
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James W. Nybakken is a 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. Dr. Nybakken is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and has served as an officer in five scientific societies.
Mark D. Bertness is the chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, where he has taught for 25 years. His areas of expertise include the ecology and conservation of natural shoreline communities, as well as salt-marsh and rocky-shore ecology and conservation, which he has studied extensively in South America. Dr. Bertness earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1979.
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