Introduction to Marine Biology (High School Edition)

  • AUTHORS: George Karleskint; Richard Turner; James Small
  • ISBN-13: 9781133586678 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 592 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 4th Edition
  • ©2013     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY sparks curiosity about the marine world and provides an understanding of the process of science. Taking an ecological approach and intended for non-science majors, the text provides succinct coverage of the content while the photos and art clearly illustrate key concepts. Studying is made easy with phonetic pronunciations, a running glossary of key terms, end-of-chapter questions, and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The open look and feel of INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY and the enhanced art program convey the beauty and awe of life in the ocean. Twenty spectacular photos open the chapters, piquing the motivation and attention of students, and over 60 photos and pieces of art are new or redesigned.


  • The process of science and the way scientists work in the field is emphasized throughout Introduction to Marine Biology.
  • "In Perspective" tables found in each of the marine organism chapters (microorganisms, multicellular producers, sponges, molluscs, fishes, reptiles and birds, marine mammals), summarize key ecological, biological, and taxonomic data for each organism.
  • Strong coverage of the physiology and ecology of major marine groups including microbes, viruses, plankton, multicellular algae, plants, and animals.
  • Web Site that contains a rich array of teaching and learning resources including chapter-by-chapter online tutorial quizzes, a final exam, chapter outlines, chapter review, chapter-by-chapter weblinks, flashcards, and more!

About the Contributor

  • George Karleskint

    George Karleskint started teaching in 1972 and has been at St. Louis Community College, Meramec, since 1976. Karleskint enjoys teaching because it gives him the opportunity to help students understand the wonders of life and the special, and even somewhat mysterious, biological world in which they live. In 1994 he was given the outstanding teacher award by the Xi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. George first became interested in marine biology as a child, on trips to Florida when he wanted to know more about the shells he collected. By the time he was in college he had learned so much about molluscs and taxonomy that he was something of a local expert on the topic. His varied college and graduate school interests (first chemistry, then biology, then invertebrate zoology) culminated in his current specialty of physiology. His family shares his love of travel, the ocean, and marine creatures.

  • Richard Turner

    Dr. Richard Turner joined the faculty of Florida Tech in 1976. His postdoctoral studies were done at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (1982-1983). He has served as president of the Florida Academy of Sciences (1985-1986, 2009-2011) and is business manager (1994 to present) of the Florida Scientist, the journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. He has 34 publications in refereed journals and books. Dr. Turner's research has been focused on the general biology of echinoderms, a group of marine animals that include seastars, sea urchins, and brittlestars. Other research projects include general biology of the Florida applesnail, fossilization of the Atlantic ghost crab, and the role of beachhoppers in processing of beach wrack and in transport of marine mites.

  • James Small

    James W. Small, Jr., is Professor of Biology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he has taught for 36 years. He also serves as the College's Chief Pre-Health Professions Advisor. He obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in zoology at the University of North Carolina and received his M.S. degree in zoology and Ph.D degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Kentucky (1972). His dissertation was on the bioenergetics of stream fishes, but he has also done extensive work on the ecology of the Central Florida lakes for many years, involving many students in his ecological studies. Professor Small began team teaching marine biology in 1976, with on campus lectures and laboratory experiences on the Florida coasts, the Florida Keys, Barbados, and Hawaii. The Barbados and Hawaii laboratories have been offered on a two year rotation and involve taking students to professional marine biology laboratories (McGill University in Barbados or the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in Hawaii) for 14-21 days where they collect organisms and study various marine ecosystems. Particular emphasis is given to the study of mangroves, coral reefs, and the rocky intertidal communities. He has also taught a course for college teachers on tropical intertidal biology (in Barbados) and has authored publications on fish systematics, ecology, and teaching.

Table of Contents

Contents Overview.
1. Science and Marine Biology.
2. Fundamentals of Ecology.
3. Geology of the Ocean.
4. 4. Water, Waves, and Tides.
5. Biological Concepts.
6. Marine Microbes.
7. Multicellular Primary Producers.
8. Lower Invertebrates.
9. Higher Invertebrates.
10. Marine Fishes.
11. Marine Reptiles and Birds.
12. Marine Mammals.
13. Intertidal Communities.
14. Estuaries.
15. Coral Reef Communities.
16. Continental Shelves and Neritic Zone.
17. The Open Sea.
18. Life in the Ocean's Depths.
19. Harvesting the Ocean's Resources.
20. Oceans in Jeopardy.
Answers to Multiple Choice Questions.

New to this Edition

  • Strengthened coverage of Ecology: Introduction to Marine Biology effectively integrates the theme of ecology throughout each chapter. The new boxed feature, the "Impact Bubble," presents current events and topics regarding the human impact on the marine environment.
  • Expanded learning tools: The chapter opening "Have You Wondered?" questions are now revisited in the end of chapter material. The "Running Glossary" now defines all glossary terms where they appear in the text. The "In Summary" boxes are bulleted to make key points even clearer and include references to the "Have You Wondered?" questions. The "Questions for Review" include new matching questions.
  • Updated Art and Photo Program: Over 60 photos and pieces of art are new or redesigned, which enhance the student's learning experience. Twenty spectacular photos open each chapter, piquing the motivation and attention of students.
  • Updated Design: The open look and feel of INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY fourth edition and the enhanced art program convey the beauty and awe of life in the ocean. The new design offers more variety to every page and has enabled many photos and illustrations to be resized for more clarity.

Alternate Formats

Choose the Format that Best Fits Your Student's Budget and Course Goals

  • Casebound Edition
    ISBN-10: 1133364462 | ISBN-13: 9781133364467
    Price = $167.50

Best Buy Packages

Other Popular Packages

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for more information.

Bundle: Introduction to Marine Biology, 4th Student Edition + MindTap™ (1-year access)

  • ISBN-10: 1337426946  | ISBN-13: 9781337426947
  • Price = $98.50

Bundle: Introduction to Marine Biology, 4th Student Edition + MindTap™ (6-year access)

  • ISBN-10:  1337426938  | ISBN-13:  9781337426930
  • Price = $118.50

Digital Bundle: Introduction to Marine Biology, 4th MindTap™ + VitalSource™ eBook (1-year access)

  • ISBN-10:  1337426962  | ISBN-13:  9781337426961
  • Price = $48.50

Digital Bundle: Introduction to Marine Biology, 4th MindTap™ + VitalSource™ eBook (6-year access)

  • ISBN-10:  1337426954 | ISBN-13:  9781337426954
  • Price = $98.50