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Elements of Marine Ecology - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780750620888, 9780080505466

Elements of Marine Ecology

4th Edition

Authors: Frances Dipper R V TAIT (DECD)
eBook ISBN: 9780080505466
Paperback ISBN: 9780750620888
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th January 1998
Page Count: 448
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The broad definition of ecology is the study of organisms in relation to their surroundings. This book presents marine ecology as a coherent science, providing undergraduate students with an essential foundation of knowledge in the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs of today's courses.

A new chapter Human impact on the marine environment focuses on issues such as marine pollution, global warming, ocean management, marine nature reserves, and the effects of fisheries and aquaculture. New material has also been added on deep-sea hydrothermal vents and coral reefs, features such as El Nino, and ocean processes including the microbial loop, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and dimethyl sulphide (DMS).

Key Features

  • A highly accessible survey for undergraduate students
  • A classic text completely revised and updated by a new author
  • A new chapter covers the topical area of human impacts on the marine environment


Undergraduate students

Table of Contents

The oceans
Marine plankton
Measuring and sampling
The seawater habitat - physical and chemical conditions
Organic production in the sea
The sea bottom
Energetics of a marine ecosystem
The seashore
Sea fisheries
Human impact on the marine environment
Appendix 1: Topics for further study and class discussion
Appendix 2: Some laboratory exercises
Appendix 3: Some field course exercises, abundance scales, and a field course book list
Appendix 4: Marine stations and other organisations


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About the Authors

Frances Dipper

Dr. Frances Dipper is an author, lecturer and independent marine consultant and has spent a lifetime happily observing and studying marine organisms the world over. A naturalist at heart, she has always loved the sea and has a passion for writing books about the ocean both for adults and for children. This has culminated recently in her major work ‘The Marine World: A Natural History of Ocean Life’. Her Dorling Kindersley children’s book, ‘Guide to the Oceans’ won the Royal Society Aventis Prize for junior Science Books in 2003. Although interested in anything that swims, slithers, glides, flaps or simply sways under water, she has a particular love of fishes and as well as writing books about them, she runs marine fish identification courses for marine consultancies and for Seasearch, a recording project for volunteer sports divers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Author, Lecturer and Independent Marine Consultant



" contains lots of useful and interesting information, which can be relied upon. The book covers al the oceans of the world and contains a comprehensive bibliography updated for the earlier editions. Recommended." --Torpedo 28, Sept 1998 News Bulletin (British Marine Life Study Society)

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