An Introduction to Marine Ecology
by Barnes, R. S. K. and Hughes, R. N
Edition: 3rd., 1999
The first two editions of this book were aimed at students with some knowledge of ecology who were about to venture into the mare incognitum for the first time. The marine environment and its inhabitants are exciting and stimulating subjects for amateur naturalists, students and professionals, and continue to inspire each of the contributors to this book. The previous texts provided the reader with a broad introduction to distinct processes or subsystems of the ocean. Since then, the information base has continued to increase exponentially; much more is now known about ecological processes in the oceans than ever before. As in any branch of science, however, progress is spread unevenly among subdisciplines which is reflected in the content of the chapters. All have been revised in the light of new information, but in some areas growth has been so prodigious that we felt compelled to enlist specialist expertise.