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Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life, Eleventh Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access

Author(s): John Morrissey, PhD, Sweet Briar College
James L. Sumich, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, Grossmont College
Deanna R. Pinkard-Meier, University of San Diego
  • ISBN-13: 9781284090505
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     450 pages      © 2018
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What is marine biology and why is it important? The Eleventh Edition of Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life answers these questions and inspires students to appreciate marine life and ocean ecosystems. Assuming no prior knowledge of marine biology, this entertaining text covers the essentials to a foundational understanding of marine organisms and their environments. The conversational writing style, latest research, and engaging features are designed to intrigue students, while the new Case Studies encourage them to apply their knowledge to current and real-life situations. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life is the clear choice for students diving into this exciting science.

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Features & Benefits

  • NEW chapter, Polar Seas, provides an introduction to the polar environment followed by coverage of various polar organisms, how they are affected by their environment, and the effects of climate change
  • NEW chapter, Physical and Chemical Oceanography, covers various basic oceanographic topics such as tides, waves, and circulation to help students better understand how these affect marine life
  • NEW Did You Know? boxes highlight a fascinating aspect of marine life, offering students information on contemporary events and discoveries
  • Research in Progress feature offers the latest statistics and modern examples of the current work and findings of marine biologists
  • NEW Case Studies in every chapter highlight various marine organisms and encourage knowledge application
  • More than 450 NEW and revised high-quality photos and carefully rendered illustrations help support visual learners, clarify key concepts, and enhance the student reading experience
  • Thoroughly updated with the latest information and research
  • Learning objectives, key terms, and a list of key genera have been added to each chapter

Applicable Courses

Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life, Eleventh Edition is ideal for one-semester courses in Marine Biology, and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.

Course titles include:

  • Marine Biology
  • Biology of the Marine Environment
  • Marine Science
  • Life in the Sea
  • The Ocean Environment
  • Semester at Sea
Chapter  1  The Ocean as a Habitat
Chapter  2  Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Chapter  3  Patterns of Associations
Chapter  4  Marine Microbes
Chapter  5  Marine Macroalgae and Plants
Chapter  6  Microbial Heterotrophs and Invertebrates
Chapter  7  Marine Vertebrates I: Fishes and Reptiles
Chapter  8  Marine Vertebrates II: Seabirds and Marine Mammals
Chapter  9  Estuaries
Chapter  10  Coastal Seas
Chapter  11  The Coral Reef Ecosystem
Chapter  12  The Open Sea
Chapter  13  The Deep-Sea Floor
Chapter  14  Polar Seas
Chapter  15  Harvesting Living Marine Resources

John Morrissey, PhD-Sweet Briar College

John F. Morrissey earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Biology from Hofstra University. After teaching marine biology and coral reef ecology in Jamaica for 1 year, he then earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. His dissertation research concerned the movement patterns, diel activity, and habitat selection of lemon sharks in Bimini, Bahamas. Since then, Dr. Morrissey has studied the biology of sharks, skates, and rays all over the world, including Jamaica, Japan, the Azores, and the Canaries. He has been on the board of directors of the American Elasmobranch Society since 1996.

For 16 years he taught marine biology, a field course in tropical marine biology, and comparative anatomy at Hofstra University, where he won the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. In 2007, Dr. Morrissey moved to Sweet Briar College in central Virginia, along with his egg-laying colony of 100+ chain catsharks, to teach marine biology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and animal physiology. He won their Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. He lives on a dirt road in the woods with his wife (who is also his research partner) and their four spoiled cats.

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James L. Sumich, PhD-Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, Grossmont College

James L. Sumich received his M.S. in Biological Oceanography at Oregon State University, joined the biology faculty at Grossmont College, and then returned to Oregon State for a Ph.D. For his Ph.D. thesis, he studied the interactions between newborn gray whale calves and their mothers and the way each budgets its energy expenditures during the period of calf nursing.

He has taught marine mammal biology classes for graduates and undergraduates at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and Oregon State University, where he continues to teach, as the requirements of retirement permit. His retirement activities include continued research and writing on gray whale behavior and energetics. He recently marked the publication of the second edition revision of a textbook on the evolutionary biology of marine mammals, coauthored with Dr. Annalisa Berta and Dr. Kit Kovacs. He lives in a home he has built with his wife, Caren, in the woods near Corvallis, Oregon.

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Deanna R. Pinkard-Meier-University of San Diego

Deanna R. Pinkard-Meier earned her B.S. degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara and her M.S. degree in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Her early research efforts were concentrated on marine invertebrates near the California Channel Islands. She then moved her research focus and home to the tropics, studying the behavior, reproduction, and recruitment of tropical marine fishes, specifically snappers, damselfishes, and wrasses. After 5 very productive years in the warm waters of the Caribbean and Florida, she ventured back home to California where she worked as a research fisheries biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), studying the endangered white abalone and declining rockfish populations with a remotely operated vehicle.

For the past decade Deanna has taught many biology courses at a variety of universities and community colleges in San Diego, while still publishing research with hardworking former colleagues at NOAA. She especially enjoys teaching marine biology, organismal biology, and evolution and introducing students to field survey techniques used in the intertidal or from a boat. She resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two sons, where they can often be found jumping in the ocean for a surf session or snorkel. She is active in her local community where she participates in Surfrider Foundation events and volunteers as a visiting scientist at local schools.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284090505

Angel ready Test Bank
BlackBoard ready Test Bank
Instructor Manual
Moodle ready Test Bank
Optional Testbank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Transition Guide

Laboratory and Field Investigations in Marine Life

ISBN-13: 9781284090543

This unique marine biology laboratory and field manual engages students in the excitement and challenges of understanding marine organisms and the environments in which they live. The laboratory and field activities are designed to encourage students to develop their own powers of critical observation and analysis. They will benefit from a thorough examination of topics such as the physical and chemical properties of seawater, marine microbes, algae, and a wide variety of invertebrate and vertebrate animals through observation and critical thinking activities.


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Bundle ISBN: 9781284124064
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