Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts offers a carefully
balanced and stimulating survey of marine ecology, introducing the
key processes and systems from which the marine environment is
formed, and the issues and challenges which surround its future
The oceans cover a majority of the Earth's surface; they
influence our climate, and provide a valuable source of food. Yet,
despite its fundamental impact on our lives, many aspects of the
marine environment remain a mystery to us: the deep sea contains
habitats which we understand no better than the surface of other
planets. Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts offers a
carefully balanced, stimulating survey of marine ecology,
introducing the key processes and systems from which the marine
environment is formed, and the issues and challenges which surround
its future conservation.
Marine biology is a broad discipline, which examines both the
organisms (fishes, plants etc.) which live in marine environments
(marine zoology), and the interactions that occur between these
organisms and their surrounding environment (marine ecology). In
contrast, marine ecology, as a discipline, does not examine the
biology of the organisms themselves, but focuses on how they
interact DS at the level of individuals, populations, and
communities, how marine ecosystems are maintained, and how these
systems can be damaged by external influences, including human
activity.Opening with an overview of those processes which are
central to an understanding of marine ecology, the book goes on to
explore the diverse systems from which the marine environment is
composed, from estuaries to seabeds, the deep sea to polar regions.
The final section examines those human activities that impact upon
the marine environment - fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, and
global warming - before considering the measures that can be taken
to mitigate the adverse effects of man on this complex, fragile
The book draws on examples from around the globe to enliven the
text and put key concepts and issues in a real world context. It
incorporates many detailed case studies to add further levels of
depth and insight, and striking illustrations, which include many
colour images, to bring visual impact to the material presented.
The importance of understanding and conserving the marine
environment has never been more apparent.
Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts is an essential
resource for any student wishing to develop a well balanced,
informed understanding of this fascinating subject.Online Resource
Centre Features images from the book available to download to make
lecture preparation easier, and a web link library of all web sites
cited in the text for ease of access by students.
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2nd ed. 2011. 544 p. w. numerous col. photos and line drawings.
Abmessung: 274mm x 197mm x 30mm
At some point in their studies, most biology students will consider pursuing marine biology. This textbook will only strengthen that desire. Its content is engaging and suitable for both neophyte and more advanced biologists. Creative and accessible presentation. Strongly recommended. Farah Al-Shorbaji, Student, University of Sheffield in THE, 2012
Preface 1: Patterns in the Marine Environment PART ONE: Processes 2: Primary Production Processes 3: Microbial Production 4: Secondary Production PART TWO: Systems 5: Estuarine Ecology 6: Rocky and sandy shores 7: Pelagic ecosystems 8: Continental shelf seabed 9: The deep sea 10: Mangrove forests and sea grass meadows 11: Coral reefs 12: Polar regions PART THREE: Impacts 13: Fisheries 14: Aquaculture 15: Disturbance, pollution and climate change 16: Conservation Weblinks References Index