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Marine plankton provides a practical guide to plankton biology with a large geographic coverage, spanning the North Sea to the north-eastern Atlantic coast of the USA and Canada. The book is divided into three sections: an overview of plankton ecology, an assessment of methodology in plankton research covering sampling, preservation, and counting of samples, and a taxonomic guide richly illustrated with detailed line drawings to aid identification. This is an essential reference text suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in marine ecology (particularly useful for fieldwork) as well as for professional marine biologists. It will also be of reference and use to environmental scientists, conservation biologists, marine resource managers, environmental consultants and other specialised practitioners.

This useful tool for the research and scientific communities is available to purchase online here (via the Oxford University Press website).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book deserves to be on the shelf of every laboratory or field station that teaches marine plankton.

Per Juel Hansen, Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen, Helsingør, Denmark, The Quarterly Review of Biology

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Marine Plankton is a massive compendium: with nearly 700 pages, it weighs several pounds and is not a handy field guide. It is also far too beautiful to be mocked up by water stains and wear and tear. For readers interested in an accessible way to study the taxonomy, particularly of metazoan‐plankton, this book is an indispensible resource. Moreover, as a teaching guide, it will fill a gap and expand the taxonomic expertise among plankton researchers, current and future.

— Susanne Menden‐Deuer, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island