Biological Oceanography, 2nd edition
May 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
The book initially emphasizes pelagic organisms and processes, but benthos, hydrothermal vents, climate-change effects, and fisheries all receive attention. The chapter on oceanic biomes has been greatly expanded and a new chapter reviewing approaches to pelagic food webs has been added. Throughout, the book has been revised to account for recent advances in this rapidly changing field. The increased importance of molecular genetic data across the field is evident in most of the chapters.
As with the previous edition, the book is primarily written for senior undergraduate and graduate students of ocean ecology and professional marine ecologists.
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1 Ocean ecology: some fundamental aspects 1
2 The phycology of phytoplankton 19
3 Habitat determinants of primary production in the sea 49
4 Numerical models: the standard form of theory in pelagic ecology 73
5 A sea of microbes: archaea, bacteria, protists, and viruses in the marine pelagial 96
6 The zoology of zooplankton 115
7 Production ecology of marine zooplankton 130
8 Population biology of zooplankton 158
9 Pelagic food webs 181
10 Biogeography of pelagic habitats 202
11 Biome and province analysis of the oceans 230
12 Adaptive complexes of meso- and bathypelagic organisms 276
13 The fauna of deep-sea sediments 292
14 Some benthic community ecology 321
15 Submarine hydrothermal vents 351
16 Ocean ecology and global climate change 367
17 Fisheries oceanography 396
Colour plates appear between pages 230 and 231
Patricia Wheeler, now Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, taught biological oceanography and phytoplankton physiology there for many years. Her research contributions address phytoplankton nutrient dynamics and include work on dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen. She conducted field work in the Equatorial Pacific, the northern California Current system and the Arctic Ocean.
“The book is extremely well referenced for further study and the impression is that most of the work cited is from within about the last twenty years. Altogether a worthy addition to any marine departmental library.” (British Ecological Society Bulletin, 1 December 2012)
“Overall I found it to be an immensely informative and entertaining read. This book will make an excellent core text for any graduate level course in Biological Oceanography whether introductory or advanced...I also think that every Biological Oceanographer should read it. It is an enlightening experience to view your field through the eyes of two colleagues who have been in this business for a long time. I also found reading this book a humbling experience. Charlie Miller and Pat Wheeler demonstrate an amazing depth and diversity of understanding in almost every topic that is taken up. I hope by the time I get to where they are in their careers I have achieved this level of scholarship in Biological Oceanography.” (Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 1 May 2013)
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