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Marine Biology

Sixth Edition

Jeffrey Levinton

July 2021

ISBN: 9780197543504

608 pages

In Stock

Price: £157.99

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Levinton's Marine Biology is highly acclaimed and regarded by many as the best, most authoritative text for the sophomore/junior/senior marine biology course. The text is characterized by its exceptionally clear and conversational writing style, comprehensive coverage, and sophisticated presentation featuring organismal and ecosystem ecology topics from an evolutionary perspective. Over the course of five editions, Jeff Levinton has balanced his organismal and ecological focus by including the latest developments from the world of molecular biology, global climate change, and oceanic processes.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Jeffrey Levinton, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University

Jeffrey S. Levinton is distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University (PhD Yale, 1971). His research focuses mainly on the population and community-level processes of marine-bottom species, including such important East Coast species as bivalves (like oysters) and fiddler crabs.

Table of Contents

    1. Sounding the Deep: Marine Biology as a Discipline
    2. The Oceanic Environment
    3. Climate Oscillations and Climate Change
    4. Ecological and Evolutionary Principles of Marine Biology
    5. The Chemical and Physical Environment
    6. Life in a Fluid Medium
    7. Reproduction, Dispersal, and Migration
    8. Plankton
    9. Marine Vertebrates and Other Nekton
    10. The Open Sea
    11. Processes in the Water Column
    12. Productivity, Food Webs, and Global Climate Change
    13. Benthic Microorganisms, Seaweeds, and Sea Grasses
    14. The Diversity of Benthic Marine Invertebrates
    15. Benthic Life Habits
    16. The Tidelands
    17. The Shallow Coastal Subtidal
    18. Benthos from the Continental Shelf to the Deep Sea
    19. Polar Marine Biology
    20. Biodiversity and Conservation of the Ocean
    21. Fisheries and Food from the Sea
    22. Environmental Impacts of Industrial Activities and Human Populations


"[O]verall, it is a great text and I have enjoyed using it for years. [...] The writing is exceptionally accessible in my opinion. The breadth of topics, that are critical to modern ecology is significant, even as I am hoping for more." - -Sarah Cohen, San Francisco State University

"This Marine Biology text's organismal focus is enhanced by including latest research and oceanic processes. The text has a conversational writing style and it serves as an educational tool for students at various levels of preparedness." - -Sabine Alshuth, Nova Southeastern University

"A comprehensive and logically organized marine biology textbook that would work well for a marine biology/ecology course that has a majority of natural science students enrolled. The textbook goes into good depth and detail, which is important for students to have a reference source and as an added perspective to lecture material presented. Research presented is associated with people and places, which will help students make a connection." - -Michael Berger, Washington State University

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