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Published: 15 July 2021

608 Pages

ISBN: 9780197543511

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Marine Biology

Sixth Edition

Jeffrey Levinton

  • Most readable text. Clear, thorough explanations written in an highly-engaging style that students actually enjoy reading
  • Principles-driven approach. Focus on interaction of basic biological principles makes the material digestible and governs the text's three major themes: functional biology; biodiversity; and ecological processes
  • Philosophy of getting students excited. The author introduces highly relevant real-world topics as well as the latest scientific discoveries to engage students' interest and imaginations
  • Unique Chapter 1 "Sounding the Deep" introduces the scientific method and focuses attention on how science is done, rather than on the memorization of facts
  • Robust pedagogical support. "Key Concept" headings serve as running summaries within chapters; "Basic Facts" succinctly summarize all-you-need-to-know about various marine organisms; thought-provoking end-of-chapter exercises get students thinking critically, “Going Deeper” boxes highlight and segregate quantitative coverage
  • Hot-topics. A beloved feature of the text that ties Levinton's high-level concepts to approachable, engaging examples.

New to this Edition:

  • Updated examples and chapter content to account for recent developments in Marine Biology
  • Increased focus on economic impacts of climate change
  • New comparative tables to aid learning
  • Additional content on diversity of planktons within Chapter 8.
  • Expanded coverage of habitats within Chapter 17, inclusive of non-coral reef habitats such as sea grasses
  • 7 New "Hot Topics in Marine Biology," such as "How an Octopus can Sucker Punch its Prey" and "A Movable Feast: Seafood Moves to Higher Latitudes, Out of Reach of Fishers and Shorebirds"
  • Integration of phylogenetic trees
  • Reorganization and revision of review questions
  • Simplify and increase visual appeal of select illustrations
  • Revised video guide

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