Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach
Appropriate for undergraduate majors and graduate students in marine biology and marine ecology, Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach emphasizes the ecological principles that govern marine life throughout all environments within the world's oceans. Its unique ecological approach adds real-world relevance by exploring how organisms interact within their individual ecosystems. The text is organized by habitat and each habitat receives detailed, in-depth coverage, giving instructors flexibility to focus on their particular areas of interest. The Fifth Edition is fully updated with the latest research data and topics, including expanded coverage of the human impact on oceans, oceanic dead zones, and coral reefs. In addition to Nybakken's engaging writing style, the text now offers enhanced pedagogy with new end-of-chapter summaries, a new four-color design to complement the art program, an art CD-ROM for instructors, and a text specific Companion Web site.
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It is these densely populated, topographically diverse, and species-rich rocky
areas that have fascinated marine biologists and ecologists for many years. In the
last 30 years, these areas have been the subject of many classic studies that
Horizontal Distribution Patterns As we noted in the preceding sections, there are
various changes in community structure as one moves from areas of high wave
exposure to protected and quiet water. This is true for many geographical areas.
Coral Distribution and Reef Zonation The largest number of reef coral species
and genera occur in an area of the Indo-Pacific that includes the Philippine
Islands, the Indonesian Archipelago, New Guinea, and northern Australia (Figure
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H A P T E R
SOME ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES
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