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.
A major feature of the seventh edition is a new insert located just after chapter 10 entitled: "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. The intent of the special report is to demonstrate the magnitude of the human footprint on Earth’s ecosystem processes.
Expanded coverage of organismal biology in Part 2 provides more extensive information about the diversity, form, and function of marine life. New coverage includes: illustrated tables at the end of each chapter summarizing taxonomic groups and their characteristics; a new section on marine viruses in chapter 5; and new and improved figures on the anatomy of squids, sea urchins, tunicates, cnidnarians, and the life cycles of hydroids and sponges.
Updated content throughout; reflecting recent events, new research, and changes in perspective.
New and updated Eye on Science boxed readings throughout the book reflect current scientific research and technology in the field of marine biology. New topics include: Seagrass Wasting Disease, Effects of Farmed Salmon on Wild Salmon Populations, Gulf of Mexico’s Hypoxic Zone, Effects of Climate Change on Artic Peoples.
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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.
Outstanding art program, illustrated by two professional illustrators with a strong reputation in the science field: Bill Ober and Claire Garrison.
A collection of eight laboratories and field investigations in marine biology have been specially written to be used with Marine Biology. Each of the exercises includes review questions that integrate information learned in the laboratory or field with material covered by the text. The exercises are available on the ARIS site for this text at www.mhhe.com/castrohuber7e.
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Table of Contents
Principles of Marine Science
1 The Science of Marine Biology
2 The Sea Floor
3 Chemical and Physical Features of Seawater and the World Ocean
4 Fundamentals of Biology
The Organisms of the Sea
5 The Microbial World
6 Multicellular Primary Producers: Seaweeds and Plants
7 Marine Animals without a Backbone
8 Marine Fishes
9 Marine Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals
Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems
10 An Introduction to Marine Ecology
11 Between the Tides
12 Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea
13 Life on the Continental Shelf
14 Coral Reefs
15 Life Near the Surface
16 The Ocean Depths
Humans and the Sea
17 Resources from the Sea
18 The Impact of Humans on the Marine Environment
19 The Oceans and Human Affairs
Appendix A Units of Measurement
Appendix B Selected Field Guides and Other Useful References for the Identification of Marine Organisms
Transparencies to accompany Marine Biology ISBN: 0073341711 Author(s): CASTRO