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An Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation

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The charismatic mammals that live in the ocean are a constant source of interest, both for scientists and our society at large. Their biology, behavior, and conservation are of utmost importance, as a vast number of species are currently threatened. Intended for the upper-level undergraduate or graduate student within biology, marine biology, or conservation/environmental science, An Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation provides a broad introduction to marine mammal biology using cutting edge information and student-friendly learning tools.  The text begins with chapters on the evolution and classification of marine mammals and their general biology. It moves on to discuss the behavior and ecology of different groups of marine mammals, such as polar bears, otters, and cetaceans. Part 3 dives into many different conservation issues facing marine mammals, as well as discussions on how they can be addressed. Closing chapters provide information on how scientists study marine mammals, how society can enjoy observing the animals while making sure they are preserved, and a word to students looking to pursue a career with marine mammals.

Features & Benefits
Helpful Sidebars are included throughout to refresh basic biological information.
Includes hot topic discussion boxes written by top researchers in the field.
Point/Counterpoints on controversials issues make for great in-class discussion.


  Chapter  1  What Is A Marine Mammal?
Part  1  General Biology
  Chapter  2  Marine Mammal Evolution
  Chapter  3  Marine Mammal Classification and Diversity
  Chapter  4  Adaptations to a Marine Environment
  Chapter  5  Underwater Sound
Part  2  Ecology and Status
  Chapter  6  Polar Bears
  Chapter  7  Otters
  Chapter  8  Sirenians
  Chapter  9  Pinnipeds
  Chapter  10  Mysticeti – The Baleen Whales
  Chapter  11  Odontoceti – The Toothed Whales
  Chapter  12  Delphinidae – The Oceanic Dolphins
Part  3  Conservation
  Chapter  13  Humans and Marine Mammals
  Chapter  14  Whaling and the International Whaling Commission
  Chapter  15  Threats to cetaceans
  Chapter  16  Threats to pinnipeds
  Chapter  17  Marine Mammal Protection: Laws and Initiatives
  Chapter  18  Marine Mammal Tourism
  Appendix  Marine Mammal Research Techniques

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