We present you with an updated reference book aimed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in Marine Biology. The textbook is designed to introduce the fundamentals of marine organisms and their ecological roles in the world’s oceans, and is organized by functional groups, emphasizing marine biodiversity rather than systematics or habitats. Each chapter has been written and peer-reviewed by renowned international experts in their respective fields, and includes updated information on relevant topics, from the microbial loop and primary production in the oceans, to marine megafauna and the impacts of projected climate change on marine life and ecosystems.

part Section I|39 pages

Introduction to the Marine Environment

chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

Introduction to the Marine Environment from a Geological Perspective

ByPaula D. Pratolongo, Jerónimo Pan, Diana G. Cuadrado

chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

Introduction to the Marine Environment from Physical and Chemical Perspectives

ByPaula D. Pratolongo, Jerónimo Pan

part Section II|284 pages

Functional Biodiversity of Marine Organisms

chapter Chapter 3|29 pages

Marine Phytoplankton Diversity and Ecology

ByJerónimo Pan

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Planktonic Metabolism and Primary Production in the Oceans

ByAurore Regaudie-de-Gioux, Aurea M Ciotti

chapter Chapter 5|25 pages

Microzooplankton Functionally Diverse Protists in the Pelagic Realm

ByMaría Celeste López Abbate

chapter Chapter 6|37 pages

Zooplankton: The Ocean Drifters

ByDanilo Luis Calliari Cuadro, Anabela Anahí Berasategui, María Clara Menéndez

chapter Chapter 7|30 pages


ByMiodeli Nogueira Júnior, Everton Giachini Tosetto, Letícia Cazarin Baldoni, Sofia Dutto, Mitsuko Hidaka, Dhugal J. Lindsay, Renato Mitsuo Nagata

chapter Chapter 8|31 pages

Soft-bottom Marine Benthos

ByJerónimo Pan, D. Pratolongo

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Salt Marshes and Mangroves: Tidal Saline Wetlands Dominated by Vascular Plants

ByPaula D. Pratolongo

chapter Chapter 10|42 pages

Marine Hard Substrate Communities

ByJorge L. Gutiérrez, Sally D. Hacker, Martin A. Coombes, Christian Wild, Guilherme H. Pereira-Filho, M. Gabriela Palomo’

chapter Chapter 11|23 pages

Fish Ecology

ByHannes Baumann

chapter Chapter 12|28 pages

Marine Megafauna Sea Turtles, Seabirds and Marine Mammals

ByRocío Mariano Jelicich, Paula Berón, Sofia Copello, Natalia A. Dellabianca, Germán García, Vanessa Labrada-Martagón, M. Natalia Paso Viola, Jesica A. Paz, Luciana Riccialdelli, Analía San Martin, Juan Pablo Seco Pon, Mónica A. Torres, Marco Favero

part Section III|49 pages

Topics of Current Interest

chapter Chapter 13|22 pages

Thermal Plasticity in Marine Organisms

BySantiago Salinas, Nishad Jayasundara

chapter Chapter 14|25 pages

Climate Variability and Change, their Impacts on Marine Life and Ecosystems

ByJerónimo Pan, Nishad Jayasundara