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Marine Chemical Ecology

edited by
James B. McClintock
and Bill J. Baker

  • Provides extensive coverage of molecular and cellular phenomena
  • Includes applied chapters on pharmacology and antifoulants
  • Discusses distribution, biosynthesis, and evolution of secondary metabolites
  • Covers the broad range of microscopic and macroscopic chemical ecological phenomena

With its up-to-date subject reviews by experts, Marine Chemical Ecology is the most current, comprehensive book on the subject. The book provides cellular, physiological, organismal, evolutionary, and applied perspectives creating a high-resolution snapshot of the field at the start of the 21st century.

The introductory section provides a broad phylogenic overview of marine organic chemistry. With its emphasis on evolutionary, ecological, and biosynthetic considerations, it sets a foundation for the chapters that follow. The second section takes an organismal approach to understanding the role of secondary metabolites in mediating trophic interrelationships. Section three reviews cellular and physiological aspects of marine chemical ecology. The final section discusses practical applications.

Fully detailed with figures, tables, and chemical structural diagrams, the book's coverage spans aspects of marine ecology from molecular to community levels, bridging diverse disciplines. Written by an international panel, Marine Chemical Ecology provides a conceptual synthesis and overview of the discipline. You get an integrated perspective of the current state of the field, and its future.


  1. Background
    1. Introduction to the Chemical Ecology of Marine Natural Products
    2. Ecological Perspectives on Marine Natural Product Biosynthesis
    3. Marine Natural Products Chemistry as Evolutionary Narrative

  2. Organismal Patterns in Marine Chemical Ecology
    1. Chemical Ecology of Mobile Marine Invertebrates: Predators and Prey, Allies and Competitors
    2. The Chemical Ecology of Invertebrate Meroplankton and Holoplankton
    3. Chemical Mediation of Macroalgal-Herbivore Interactions: Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives
    4. Secondary Metabolites from Antarctic Marine Organisms and their Ecological Implications
    5. Spatial Patterns in Macroalgal Chemical Defenses
    6. Resource Allocation in Seaweeds and Marine Invertebrates
    7. Chemical Mediation of Surface Colonization

  3. Cellular and Physiological Patterns in Marine Chemical Ecology
    1. Effects of Secondary Metabolites on Digestion in Marine Herbivores
    2. Chemotaxis and Chemokinesis in Marine Bacteria and Algae
    3. Natural Chemical Cues for Settlement and Metamorphosis of Marine-Invertebrate Larvae
    4. Contributions of Marine Chemical Ecology to Chemosensory Neurobiology
    5. Chemical Defenses of Marine Organisms Against Solar Radiation Exposure: UV-Absorbing Mycosporine-Like Amino Acids and Scytonemin

  4. Applied Marine Chemical Ecology
    1. Marine Chemical Ecology: Applications in Marine Biomedical Prospecting
    2. Natural Product Antifoulants and Coatings Development
    3. Metabolites of Free-Living, Commensal, and Symbiotic Benthic Marine Microorganisms

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Marine Chemical Ecology
edited by James B. McClintock and Bill J. Baker
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