Concepts in Biological Oceanography: An Interdisciplinary Primer

Hardcover | November 1, 1988

byPeter A. Jumars

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This textbook for advanced level courses in oceanography focuses on the interaction of ecological and physical processes that govern the ocean. The book begins with an introduction to ecology, using foraging theory and analytic formulation of encounter rates of predator and prey as organizingprinciples. Examples used are primarily marine to convey how marine systems differ from terrestrial environments. These differences, which carry through the remainder of the book, arise primarily through the ways in which deposit feeders process seafloor muds, suspension feeders extract particlesfrom seawater, bacteria absorb solutes, and marine plants gather nutrients and light. The next section of the book is devoted to central issues of biological oceanography: controls of primary production, the role of bacteria, and questions of recruitment. The last part treats interdisciplinarytopics as the arena in which the non-biological environmental scientist is most likely to find need for some biological background. The book is designed to introduce and develop concepts rather than to give extensive factual detail.

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This textbook for advanced level courses in oceanography focuses on the interaction of ecological and physical processes that govern the ocean. The book begins with an introduction to ecology, using foraging theory and analytic formulation of encounter rates of predator and prey as organizingprinciples. Examples used are primarily mari...

Peter A. Jumars is at University of Washington.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.94 inPublished:November 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067320

ISBN - 13:9780195067323

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPART I: An Introduction to Ecological Principles2. Individuals and Their Mass and Energy Balances3. Encounter Rates and Functional Responses4. Modes of Mass and Energy Acquisition by Individuals5. Populations6. Communities7. Ecosystems and Alternative PerspectivesPART II: Central Issues in Biological Oceanography8. Biological Structure in Space and Time9. Magnitude and Time Variation of Primary, New, and Export Production10. Microbial Loops11. RecruitmentPART III: Interdisciplinary Topics Other Disciplines12. Marine Optics13. Physical Oceanography14. Particle Dynamics in the Water Column15. Sediment Transport and Bottom Boundary Layer Structure16. Fouling and Biodeterioration17. Stratigraphy18. Diagenesis19. Geophysics

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"A pioneering attempt to make the subject of biological oceanography user-friendly to the nonbiologist....I recommend it for knowledgeable professors who do not need nor want a textbook that provides systematic and comprehensive treatment that rapidly becomes dated. The value of this book itis that it presents a unique and stimulating way of thinking and organizing one's thoughts....It is an interesting attempt to view the field of biological oceanography through the eyes of physical scientists: it stimulates us to fill in the gaps, locate the missing points, and complete the pictureourselves-a pedagogical tactic that has proven effective in the past." --The Quarterly Review of Biology