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Introduction to Marine Biology, 3rd Edition

  • George Karleskint St. Louis Community College, Meramec
  • Richard Turner Florida Institute of Technology
  • James Small Rollins College, Winter Park
  • ISBN-10: 0495561975  |  ISBN-13: 9780495561972
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 1998
  • © 2010 | Published
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INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY third edition distinguishes itself at the introductory text level by offering comprehensive treatment and thorough integration of Ecology in the study of marine biology. Chapter two, Fundamentals of Ecology, presents human impact on the marine environment and this theme is integrated throughout the text allowing for dynamic class discussions of marine life and environmental change. Written expressly for non-science students, INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY third edition is crafted to spark curiosity about the marine world as well as provide an understanding of the process of science which is presented in Chapter one and revisited in unique boxed readings through out the text. Additionally, the pedagogy was developed expressly for these students to help draw them into and better understand the content. The new, open look and feel of INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY third edition and the enhanced art program convey the beauty and awe of life in the ocean. Twenty spectacular photos now open each chapter, piquing the motivation and attention of students and over 150 photos and pieces of art are new or redesigned.

Features and Benefits

  • The process of science and the way scientists work in the field is emphasized throughout. For example, the "Process of Science" box in Chapter 1 refers to the ecologist Ivan Valiela, and his work understanding the ecology of salt marshes, as a way of explaining the scientific method.
  • "In Perspective" tables found in each of the marine organism chapters (microorganisms, multicellular producers, sponges, molluscs, fishes, reptiles and birds, marine mammals), summarize key ecological, biological, and taxonomic data for each organism.
  • Strong coverage of the physiology and ecology of major marine groups including microbes, viruses, plankton, multicellular algae, plants and animals.
  • Web Site that contains a rich array of teaching and learning resources including chapter-by-chapter online tutorial quizzes, a final exam, chapter outlines, chapter review, chapter-by-chapter weblinks, flashcards, and more!

Table of Contents

1. Science and Marine Biology.
2. Fundamentals of Ecology.
3. Geology of the Ocean.
4. Water, Waves, and Tides.
5. Biological Concepts
6. Marine Microorganisms.
7. Mulitcellular Primary Producers.
8. Lower Invertebrates
9. Higher Invertebrates
10. The Fishes.
11. Reptiles and Birds.
12. Marine Mammals.
13 Intertidal Communities.
14. Estuaries.
15. Coral Reefs.
16. Coastal Seas and Continental Shelves.
17. The Open Sea.
18. Life in the Ocean's Depths.
19. Harvesting the Ocean''s Resources.
20. Oceans in Jeopardy.

What's New

  • Strengthened coverage of Ecology: Introduction to Marine Biology is the only text to effectively integrate the theme of ecology throughout each chapter. The third edition introduces the fundamentals of ecology in Chapter two and includes updated content on human impact on the marine environment.
  • Increased coverage of Evolution: Each of the chapters on Marine Organisms (Part II, chapters 6-12) has been updated to provide more on the evolution of many species. These chapters are further supported by new "Tree of Life" diagrams showing the evolutionary relationships of organisms.
  • Expanded learning tools: New "Chapter Opening Questions" draw students into the topics and help students focus on the key concepts. A new "Running Glossary" defines key terms where they appear in the text. Students are also directed to related content from previous chapters when the "connection" is especially important for understanding. The "In Summary" boxes are more clearly marked and a new final "Key Concepts" section now provides an overall summary at the end of each chapter.
  • Updated Art and Photo Program: Over 150 photos and pieces of art are new or redesigned, which enhance the student's learning experience. Twenty spectacular photos now open each chapter, piquing the motivation and attention of students and.
  • Updated Design: The new, open look and feel of INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY third edition and the enhanced art program convey the beauty and awe of life in the ocean. The new design offers more variety to every page and has enabled many photos and illustrations to be resized for more clarity.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Adobe PDF eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111570159 | ISBN-13: 9781111570156)

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Electronic Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495825913 | ISBN-13: 9780495825913)

Thuroughly revised, the Test Bank contains approximately 50 multiple choice items for each chapter, plus many matching, true/false and essay items. Answers and page references are included for all questions. New to this edition, 5 answer options for the Multiple Choice question helps improve the strength of the questions.

Online Instructor's Manual for Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495825921 | ISBN-13: 9780495825920)

PowerLectures with JoinIn™ Student Response System and InfoTrac®  (ISBN-10: 0495825824 | ISBN-13: 9780495825821)

A complete all in one reference for instructors, the PowerLecture contains PowerPoint slides of images from the text, stepped art from the text, zoomable images, bonus photos, JoinIn clicker content, test bank, and instructor's manual. This resource is available at no additional charge to qualified adopters.

Instructor's Manual Online  (ISBN-10: 0495562076 | ISBN-13: 9780495562078)

The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. New to this edition are teaching tips, and video and web resources.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

George Karleskint

George Karleskint started teaching in 1972 and has been at St. Louis Community College, Meramec, since 1976. Karleskint enjoys teaching because it gives him the opportunity to help students understand the wonders of life and the special, and even somewhat mysterious, biological world in which they live. In 1994 he was given the outstanding teacher award by the Xi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. George first became interested in marine biology as a child, on trips to Florida when he wanted to know more about the shells he collected. By the time he was in college he had learned so much about molluscs and taxonomy that he was something of a local expert on the topic. His varied college and graduate school interests (first chemistry, then biology, then invertebrate zoology) culminated in his current specialty of physiology. His family shares his love of travel, the ocean, and marine creatures.

Richard Turner

Dr. Richard Turner joined the faculty of Florida Tech in 1976. His postdoctoral studies were done at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (1982-1983). He has served as president of the Florida Academy of Sciences (1985-1986, 2009-2011) and is business manager (1994 to present) of the Florida Scientist, the journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. He has 34 publications in refereed journals and books. Dr. Turner's research has been focused on the general biology of echinoderms, a group of marine animals that include seastars, sea urchins, and brittlestars. Other research projects include general biology of the Florida applesnail, fossilization of the Atlantic ghost crab, and the role of beachhoppers in processing of beach wrack and in transport of marine mites.

James Small

James W. Small, Jr., is Professor of Biology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he has taught for 36 years. He also serves as the College's Chief Pre-Health Professions Advisor. He obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in zoology at the University of North Carolina and received his M.S. degree in zoology and Ph.D degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Kentucky (1972). His dissertation was on the bioenergetics of stream fishes, but he has also done extensive work on the ecology of the Central Florida lakes for many years, involving many students in his ecological studies. Professor Small began team teaching marine biology in 1976, with on campus lectures and laboratory experiences on the Florida coasts, the Florida Keys, Barbados, and Hawaii. The Barbados and Hawaii laboratories have been offered on a two year rotation and involve taking students to professional marine biology laboratories (McGill University in Barbados or the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in Hawaii) for 14-21 days where they collect organisms and study various marine ecosystems. Particular emphasis is given to the study of mangroves, coral reefs, and the rocky intertidal communities. He has also taught a course for college teachers on tropical intertidal biology (in Barbados) and has authored publications on fish systematics, ecology, and teaching.