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CUP book

Studying Temperate Marine Environments: A handbook for ecologists

20 November 2023

Edited by Michael Kingsford and Chris Battershill


(Out of print)

December 1998
335pp + 28pp colour, Paperback
260 x 185 mm, 28pp colour, numerous graphs & other b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-908812-54-7

A much-needed manual for professional biologists, conservation officers, university lecturers and senior students studying marine habitats. It describes procedures for establishing a study, the study of marine protected areas, and benthic surveys of both mobile and sessile species on soft and hard bottoms. Also covered are methods of surveying reef fish and pelagic species, including plankton.

Data analysis and treatment of specimens are covered in detail, and a resource section provides a directory of expertise in relevant fields.

Thoroughly authoritative and up to date, the book includes case studies from both sides of the Tasman as well as the northern hemisphere, and will be useful in planning and executing studies of temperate marine habitats anywhere in the world.

‘This is a well-researched and broad-ranging book which will provide valuable information and guidance to any student of marine environments and all professional marine scientists engaged in ecological research … If you haven’t already bought a copy, do so. You won’t regret it.’ Australian Marine Science Bulletin

‘A steal at the price and an excellent working handbook for university graduate and staff researchers, managers, and professional marine ecologists. This new book provides an up-to-date and authoritative reference benchmark for standardising marine ecological studies at the highest level, and is a synthesis of current technical methods for quantifying key parameters in temperate marine environments.’ NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research

Professor Michael Kingsford is Head of the School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture at James Cook University, Australia. His research interests include population and community ecology of reef fish; ecology of temperate and tropical reefs; marine ecological problems and analytical aspects of sampling design.

Dr Chris Battershill is a marine biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Queensland. Formerly with NIWA-Oceanographic in Wellington, New Zealand, he has conducted research throughout the Pacific, including Australia and Antarctica for the past 20 years. His research interests include the ecology of sponge communities, the search for anti-tumour and anti-viral chemicals in marine organisms, and environmental toxicology.


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