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Marine Biology Books for College1. Introduction to Marine Biology (with InfoTrac) by George Karleskint, Richard Turner, James Small, Hardcover: 512 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
A textbook that distinguishes itself from other texts at this introductory level by taking an ecological approach to the study of marine biology, by providing succinct coverage of key topics, and through the use of some of the best illustrations and photos currently available. The co-authors' experience in coastal environments nicely compliments Karleskint's clear, concise student-friendly writing style. Users will also discover that the level of the text has been broadened with additional coverage of plant, microbial, planktonic, and animal biology. In support of this emphasis, new "In Perspective" summary tables have been added to each of the marine organism chapters to provide a summary of important ecological and biological aspects of various marine organisms. The textual material has been broken into small paragraph sections with more headings for ease of navigation, and "In Summary" statements have been added to the end of each main heading within the chapter, making it easy for students to check their understanding before reaching the end of the chapter.

2. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life by James L. Sumich, John F. Morrissey, Paperback: 449 pages, Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Engages students in the excitement and challenge of understanding marine organisms and the environments in which they live. Selected groups of marine organisms are examined within a framework of basic biological principles and processes that are fundamental to all forms of life in the sea including taxonomy, evolution, ecology, behavior, and physiology.

3. Marine Biology by Peter Castro, Michael E. Huber, Hardcover, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
This fourth edition covers the basics of marine biology with a global approach using examples from numerous regions and ecosystems worldwide. This introductory, one-semester text is designed for non-majors. Authors Castro and Huber have made a special effort to include solid basic science content needed in a general education course, including the fundamental principles of biology, the physical sciences, and the scientific method. This science coverage is integrated with a stimulating, up-to-date overview of marine biology.

4. Practical Handbook of Marine Science, Third Edition by Michael J. Kennish, Hardcover: 896 pages, Publisher: CRC Press
As well as being a supplemental reference for undergraduate or graduate marine science courses, this book provides a comprehensive reference containing the critical information necessary to meet the multidisciplinary research needs of all marine scientists, researchers, and anyone involved in managing marine resources. Consisting of a user-friendly multi-sectional format, this single volume databook offers extensive, illustrative, and tabular reference material covering all the major disciplines related to the sea.

5. Biological Oceanography: An Introduction by Carol Lalli, Timothy Parsons, Paperback: 320 pages, Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
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.

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