A new edition will publish July 2016
The Tenth Edition of Morrissey and Sumich’s classic text, Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life continues to enlighten and engage students on the many wonders of marine organisms and the remarkable environments in which they live. This updated edition includes coverage of recent breakthroughs in research and technology and maintains the accessible student-friendly style for which it is known.
A Student Companion Website provides resources to expand the scope of the textbook and makes sure students have access to the most up-to-date information in marine biology. Students will benefit from a variety of study aids, including chapter outlines, an interactive glossary, animated flash cards, and review questions. Carefully chosen links to relevant Web sites enable students to explore specific topics in more detail.
View sample chapters in the Samples Materials tab.
Features & Benefits
- Chapters 3 includes an updated synopsis of oceanographic data that is collected via satellite technology
- Chapter 4 has been expanded to include aspects of primary production in polar seas, as well as updates concerning natural phenomena that influence marine production
- Chapter 5 now contains a summary of key aspects of the biology of marine fungi
- Chapters 6 and 7 are entirely new, and represent an overwhelming request for additional coverage of warm -and cold-bodied vertebrates.
- Chapter 8 has been augmented with expanded coverage of marine pollutants, the health of fisheries within Chesapeake Bay, and the long-lasting devastation caused by oil spills
- Chapter 9, which covers the biology of coastal seas, offers even more coverage of the horrors of oil spills, as well as a revised look at the coastal disposal of sewage
- Chapter 10 has been expanded via increased coverage of the effects of climate change on coral reefs, an updated synopsis of the health of the world’s reefs, and additional information about marine protected areas
- An updated Chapter 12 includes new information about technological advancements in deep sea submersibles
- Chapter 13 contains state-of-the-art updates about global fisheries and landings, aquaculture, and the prognosis for the future
- New End-of-section summaries within every chapter reinforce key concepts
- Questions for Discussion and Review, which encourage further in-depth exploration of covered topics, have been revised or updated
Chapter 1 The Ocean As A Habitat
Chapter 2 Patterns of Associations
Chapter 3 Phytoplankton
Chapter 4 Marine Plants
Chapter 5 Microbial Heterotrophs and Invertebrates
Chapter 6 Marine Vertebrates I: Fishes and Reptiles
Chapter 7 Marine Vertebrates II: Seabirds and Marine Mammals
Chapter 8 Estuaries
Chapter 9 Coastal Seas
Chapter 10 Coral Reefs
Chapter 11 The Open Ocean
Chapter 12 The Deep-Sea Floor
Chapter 13 Harvesting Living Marine Resources
John Morrissey, PhD-Sweet Briar College
John F. Morrissey is Professor of marine biology at Sweet Briar College, where he has received the 2010 Connie Burwell White Excellence in Teaching Award. He is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s largest scientific society of professional ichthyologists who specialize in the biology of sharks, skates, and rays. His research interests include deep-sea sharks of Jamaica, natural history of chain catsharks (Scyliorhinus rotifer), the association between yellow stingrays (Urobatis jamaicensis) and cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis), behavioral ecology of juvenile lemon sharks (negaprion brevirostris) inferred via ultrasonic telemetry, and molecular systematics of elasmobranches.
Dr. Morrissey earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Additional Titles by this Author
- ISBN-13: 9781284090505
- ISBN-13: 9781449671198
James L. Sumich, PhD-Biology Department, Grossmont College
James L. Sumich, Ph.D., is an instructor of marine biology and zoology at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California. Professor Sumich has been heavily involved with curriculum development at Grossmont, including the creation of a textbook and laboratory manual for marine biology, and the introduction of computer-enhanced instruction techniques for biology laboratories. He recently co-authored an advanced textbook on the biology of marine mammals. His current research interests include studies of the energetics of fasting, migration, and lactation in gray whales.
Additional Titles by this Author
- ISBN-13: 9781284090543
- ISBN-13: 9781449605018