Marine Ecological Processes

  • Ivan Valiela

Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Primary Producers in Marine Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
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  3. Consumers in Marine Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-78
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      Pages 119-146
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  4. Interaction of Producers and Consumers: Competition and Consumption

  5. Organic Matter, Decomposition, and Nutrient Cycles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-272
  6. Structure of Marine Communities

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 444-547

About this book


This text is aimed principally at the beginning graduate or advanced undergraduate student, but was written also to serve as a review and, more ambitiously, as a synthesis of the field. To achieve these purposes, several objectives were imposed on the writing. The first was, since ecol­ ogists must be the master borrowers of biology, to give the flavor of the eclectic nature of the field by providing coverage of many of the interdis­ ciplinary topics relevant to marine ecology. The second objective was to portray marine ecology as a discipline in the course of discovery, one in which there are very few settled issues. In many instances it is only possible to discuss diverse views and point out the need for further study. The lack of clear conclusions may be frustrating to the beginning student but nonetheless reflects the current-and necessarily exciting-state of the discipline. The third purpose is to guide the reader further into topics of specialized interest by providing sufficient recent references­ especially reviews. The fourth objective is to present marine ecology for what it is: a branch of ecology. Many concepts, approaches, and methods of marine ecology are inspired or derived from terrestrial and limnological antecedents. There are, in addition, instructive comparisons to be made among results obtained from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environ­ ments, I have therefore incorporated the intellectual antecedents of par­ ticular concepts and some non-marine comparisons into the text.


biology decomposition ecology energy environment marine marine ecology nitrogen predator species diversity

Authors and affiliations

  • Ivan Valiela
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Marine Biological LaboratoryBoston University Marine ProgramWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-1835-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-1833-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6226
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