1st Edition

Marine Biology A Functional Approach to the Oceans and their Organisms

Edited By Jerónimo Pan, Paula Pratolongo Copyright 2022
    394 Pages 14 Color & 69 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    394 Pages 14 Color & 69 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    394 Pages 14 Color & 69 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    We present you with an updated reference book aimed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in Marine Biology. The textbook is designed to introduce the fundamentals of marine organisms and their ecological roles in the world’s oceans, and is organized by functional groups, emphasizing marine biodiversity rather than systematics or habitats. Each chapter has been written and peer-reviewed by renowned international experts in their respective fields, and includes updated information on relevant topics, from the microbial loop and primary production in the oceans, to marine megafauna and the impacts of projected climate change on marine life and ecosystems.

    Section 1: Introduction to the Marine Environment 
    1. Introduction to the Marine Environment from a Geological Perspective 
    Paula D. Pratolongo, Jerónimo Pan and Diana G. Cuadrado 
    2. Introduction to the Marine Environment from Physical and Chemical Perspectives 
    Paula D. Pratolongo and Jerónimo Pan 
    Section 2: Functional Biodiversity of Marine Organisms 
    3. Marine Phytoplankton Diversity and Ecology 
    Jerónimo Pan 
    4. Planktonic Metabolism and Primary Production in the Oceans 
    Aurore Regaudie-de-Gioux and Aurea M. Ciotti 
    5. Microzooplankton: Functionally Diverse Protists in the Pelagic Realm 
    María Celeste López-Abbate 
    6. Zooplankton: The Ocean Drifters 
    Danilo Luis Calliari Cuadro, Anabela Anahí Berasategui and María Clara Menéndez 
    7. Gelatinous Zooplankton 
    Miodeli Nogueira Júnior, Everton Giachini Tosetto, Letícia Cazarin Baldoni, Sofia Dutto, Mitsuko Hidaka, Dhugal J. Lindsay and Renato Mitsuo Nagata 
    8. Soft-bottom Marine Benthos 
    Jerónimo Pan and Paula D. Pratolongo 
    9. Salt Marshes and Mangroves: Tidal Saline Wetlands Dominated by Vascular Plants 
    Paula D. Pratolongo 
    10. Marine Hard Substrate Communities 
    Jorge L. Gutiérrez, Sally D. Hacker, Martin A. Coombes, Christian Wild, Guilherme H. Pereira-Filho and M. Gabriela Palomo 
    11. Fish Ecology 
    Hannes Baumann 
    12. Marine Megafauna: Sea Turtles, Seabirds and Marine Mammals 
    Rocío Mariano Jelicich, Paula Berón, Sofía Copello, Natalia A. Dellabianca, Germán García, Vanessa Labrada-Martagón, M. Natalia Paso Viola, Jesica A. Paz, Luciana Riccialdelli, Analía San Martin, Juan Pablo Seco Pon, Mónica A. Torres and Marco Favero 
    Section 3: Topics of Current Interest 
    13. Thermal Plasticity in Marine Organisms 
    Santiago Salinas and Nishad Jayasundara 
    14. Climate Variability and Change, their Impacts on Marine Life and Ecosystems 
    Jerónimo Pan and Reinaldo A. Maenza 


    Jerónimo Pan is Adjunct Research Scientist at the National Research and Technical Council of Argentina (CONICET). He received his double B.Sc. degree in Ecology and Botany from the National University at La Plata (UNLP) in 2000. He then obtained a M.A. degree in Higher Education, also from UNLP. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship to pursue graduate studies in the United States; he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 2010, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Pan was the 2000 recipient of the ‘J.V. González’ Distinction as class Valedictorian, and in 2011 he was presented the Antarctica Service Medal of the USA from NSF, among other honors.

    Dr. Pan’s research focus is in coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Throughout his career, he has studied the ecosystemic role of bivalve suspension-feeders, microphytobenthos and phytoplankton dynamics, and the ecological role of modern microbial mats in coastal environments, on which he has dozens of publications. He is currently on the editorial board for the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Dr. Pan has participated in oceanographic campaigns in the northwest- and southwest Atlantic Ocean, and the Ross Sea in Antarctica. In addition to carrying out research in Marine Biology, he has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in the USA and Argentina, led educational field trips and scientific campaigns to coastal areas, and mentored students.

    Paula D. Pratolongo is an Independent Researcher at the National Research and Technical Council of Argentina (CONICET), and Professor of Marine Ecology at Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca. She graduated in Biology in 2000 and obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2005. In 2009, Dr. Pratolongo was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue postdoctoral studies at East Carolina University, in the United States. In 2002, she was one of the six young scientists worldwide to receive the UNESCO-MAB Young Scientists Awards, endorsed by the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Program, in support of her research on Ecosystems and Water. Current research of Dr. Pratolongo is dedicated to wetlands’ ecology and coastal oceanography.