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Oceanography and Marine Biology

An Introduction to Marine Science

David W. Townsend

31 March 2012

ISBN: 9780878936021

512 pages

In Stock

Price: £187.99

Merges the fundamental physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the marine sciences into a broader framework of marine biology and ecology. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your local campus representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Oceanography and Marine Biology preserves the basic elements of the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the marine sciences, and merges those fundamentals into a broader framework of marine biology and ecology.

  • Bringing marine biology and the traditional oceanographic disciplines closer together more effectively introduces fundamentals of the physical sciences by showing students how such concepts form the oceanographic foundation upon which life in the sea depends.
  • The various subjects addressed are made relevant to students everyday lives through the use of common examples wherever possible, often in side boxes that provide more in-depth explanation.
  • Historical figures are brought to life in order to develop a sense in the reader of how scientific ideas have progressed, what science is, and how it is done.
  • The text is complemented by full-color illustrations.
  • Chapter-opening Contents provide an overview of topics to be covered, and chapters end with a Summary, Discussion Questions, and Further Reading.

About the Author(s)

David W. Townsend, University of Maine

David W. Townsend is Professor of Oceanography in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. He has a longtime affiliation with the University, having completed a B.A. in Zoology there; after pursuing his M.S. (in Marine Science) at Long Island University, he then returned to the University of Maine, earning a Ph.D. in Oceanography. Dr. Townsend has been recognized for his teaching with the College Outstanding Teaching Award (2001) and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award (2006). He has published more than 90 papers, book chapters, and reviews. His research interests include biological oceanography of estuaries and shelf seas; phytoplankton blooms; nutrient dynamics; fisheries oceanography; ecology and population dynamics of larval fishes and zooplankton; plankton ecology and trophodynamics; and coupling of physical and biological processes.

Table of Contents

    1:Early Foundations of the Ocean Sciences
    2:Origins and Connections: Science, the Universe, Earth, and Life
    3:The Ocean Floor: Its Formation and Evolution
    4:Water: Its Chemical and Physical Properties
    5:Atmospheric Circulation and Ocean Currents
    6:Waves and Tides
    7:Introduction to Life in the Sea
    8:The Primary Producers
    9:The Zooplankton
    10:Marine Invertebrates
    11:The Fishes
    12:Marine Environments
    13:Marine Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals
    14:Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture
    15:Human Impacts


"Townsend succeeds very well in providing balanced coverage as he leads students on an exploration of the physical, chemical, and geological fundamentals, and follows through with biological processes and organisms. So, the very inclusive title (all three terms" - oceanography, marine biology, and marine science) is appropriate, and courses with any of these titles could use this textbook. The textbook is written in a very engaging style. Throughout, Townsend asks questions and then provides illustrative answers. Oceanography and Marine Biology should provide the thoughtful student with ways to answer the question 'Why is the ocean important?'

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