This new and revised second edition of Jeffrey S. Levinton's Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology promises to be as fascinating and informative as the first, with additions that bring it up-to-date on current research issues. Designed for one-semester courses, this established volume stands as one of the most current and thorough resources for students in the multidisciplinary field of marine biology. The new edition includes significantly expanded coverage of marine mammals and hypothesis testing and offers entirely new sections on subtidal rocky reefs, metapopulations, marine invasions, marine protected areas and no-take fishery zones, and molecular approaches to marine biology and fisheries. It emphasizes the relationship of the functional ecology of organisms to higher levels of organization, including major marine habitats and ecosystems. The book effectively describes a variety of current research areas, conveying the dynamic range of activity in the field and teaching students that scientific study is an active and ongoing process by means of Hot Topics Essays in Marine Biology. Complementing the text are a wealth of pedagogical features, including 32 full-color plates and expanded text boxes that highlight important and current research topics.