Biological Oceanography: An Introduction - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750633840, 9780080527994

Biological Oceanography: An Introduction

2nd Edition

Authors: Carol Lalli Timothy Parsons
eBook ISBN: 9780080527994
Paperback ISBN: 9780750633840
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 10th April 1997
Page Count: 320
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This popular undergraduate textbook offers students a firm grounding in the fundamentals of biological oceanography. As well as a clear and accessible text, learning is enhanced with numerous illustrations including a colour section, thorough chapter summaries, and questions with answers and comments at the back of the book.

The comprehensive coverage of this book encompasses the properties of seawater which affect life in the ocean, classification of marine environments and organisms, phytoplankton and zooplankton, marine food webs, larger marine animals (marine mammals, seabirds and fish), life on the seafloor, and the way in which humans affect marine ecosystems.

The second edition has been thoroughly updated, including much data available for the first time in a book at this level. There is also a new chapter on human impacts - from harvesting vast amounts of fish, pollution, and deliberately or accidentally transferring marine organisms to new environments.

This book complements the Open University Oceanography Series, also published by Butterworth-Heinemann, and is a set text for the Open University third level course, S330.

Key Features

  • A leading undergraduate text
  • New chapter on human impacts - a highly topical subject
  • Expanded colour plate section


Undergraduate students, OU S330 students

Table of Contents

The abiotic environment
Phytoplankton and primary production
Zooplankton; Energy flow and mineral cycling
Nekton and fisheries oceanography
Benthic communities
Human impacts on marine biota
Appendices; Further reading; Answers and comments to questions


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About the Author

Carol Lalli

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia

Timothy Parsons

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia


"A very good introduction to biological oceanography for both biologically trained and non-biologically trained students." --Professor Michael Orren, Head of Oceanography, University College Galway

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