Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198717850

Michel J Kaiser; Martin J Attrill; Simon Jennings; David Thomas
584 Pages
195 x 265 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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Striking full colour illustrations and photographs bring this integrated and stimulating survey of marine ecology to life. Through its unique structure, Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts offers a systems-orientated approach from a truly modern and global perspective. The text introduces key processes and systems from which the marine environment is formed and the issues and challenges which surround its future. Opening with an overview of the processes and interactions which are central to an understanding of marine ecology, the book goes on to explore the diverse systems from which the marine environment is composed, from estuaries to seabeds, the deep sea to polar regions. Detailed case studies form the basis of the pedagogy, highlighting issues from a diverse range of marine systems in a digestible way.

In this third edition, more of an emphasis is placed on climate change and looking towards future challenges, since the importance of understanding and conserving the marine environment has never been more apparent. There is also a new chapter on the value of the ocean to society which discusses key topics such as natural capital and food security. Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts is a carefully balanced, positive and considered text, containing measures that can be taken to mitigate adverse effects on this complex, fragile environment. It is an essential resource for any student wishing to develop a well-balanced, informed understanding of this fascinating subject.


1 David Barnes: Patterns in the Marine Environment

2 David Thomas: Primary Production Processes

3 Hermanni Kaartokallio: Microbial Production and the Decomposition of Organic Material

4 Jan Hiddink: Secondary Production

5 Martin Attrill: Estuaries

6 Martin Attrill and Michel Kaiser: Rocky and Sandy Shores

7 Andrew Brierley: Pelagic Ecosystems

8 Michel Kaiser: Continental Shelf Seabed

9 Kerry Howell: The Deep Sea

10 Martin Attrill: Mangrove Forests and Seagrass Meadows

11 Nick Graham: Coral Reefs

12 David Thomas: Polar Regions

13 Simon Jennings: Fisheries

14 Michel Kaiser: Aquaculture

15 Michel Kaiser: Pollution, Disturbance and Environmental Monitoring

16 Simon Jennings: Conservation

17 Michel Kaiser and Martin Attrill: Climate change

18 Michel Kaiser: Sea and Society

About the author: 

Prof. Michel J. Kaiser, Institute of Life and Earth Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Prof. Martin J. Attrill, Marine Institute, University of Plymouth; Dr. Simon Jennings, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; Dr. David N. Thomas, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University

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