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Reference Resources for Exploring the World Ocean by Chamberlin and Dickey, 2008

The following references were used in preparation of the text. They are provided here for students and instructors who wish to gain a broader knowledge and explore further the concepts and ideas presented in the textbook. References with an asterisk (*) are in Professor Sean’s collection. Feel free to ask about them. And if you know of a good reference that we have omitted, please let us know! (schamberlin@fullcoll.edu)
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Fish & Sharks

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*Allen, Larry G., Daniel J. Pondella II, and Michael H. Horn. 2006. The Ecology of Marine Fishes: California and Adjacent Waters. University of California Press: CA

This multi-authored volume offers a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the habitats, ecology, and population dynamics of California fishes.


*Allen, Thomas B. 2001. Shark Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. The Lyons Press: NY

This book is a terrific read and an excellent reference on shark attacks, their common characteristics, misconceptions, statistics, and ways to avoid them.


*Block, Barbara A., and E. Donald Stevens, editors. Tuna: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution. Academic Press: CA.

This multi-authored overview of tuna casts a wide net, including topics such as tuna systematics, tuna metabolism, satellite technology used to study tuna, reproductive biology, swimming, and tuna conservation. It makes a good reference volume for researchers or students and instructors who wish to explore particular aspects of tuna in greater detail.


*Bond, Carl E. 1996. Biology of Fishes. Brooks/Cole, Thomson Learning: Canada.

Bond’s introductory textbook on fishes is perhaps one of the most balanced and most readable. Though Professor Sean is quite fond of Moyle and Cech and finds great value in Helfman’s approach, most of the time, it was Bond that clarified a particular concept. Bond really gets into the details of the biology and that’s what makes this book work so well as a reference on fishes. If you want to learn how fish work and how those adaptations help it survive an aquatic environment, then this is the book for you.


*Helfman, Gene S., Bruce B. Collette, and Douglas E. Facey. 1997. The Diversity of Fishes. Blackwell Science: MA

This is another outstanding upper-division textbook on fishes, comparable to Moyle and Cech, with important differences. These authors include several chapters on behavior and ecology whereas Moyle and Cech only include one. These authors also utilize cladistics (explained in an excellent early chapter on systematics) throughout in their classification of fishes. This textbook is probably a bit more detailed in its content and slightly less readable than Moyle and Cech, but both make excellent references. Helfman et al include a number of boxed readings which provide up-to-date information on scientific research and other interesting fish topics (like eelskin boots!)

*Horn, Michael H., Karen L. M. Martin, and Michael A. Chotkowski. 1999. Intertidal Fishes: Life in Two Worlds. Academic Press: CA

This comprehensive multi-authored textbook includes chapters on research methods, physiology, behavior, reproduction, trophic interactions, communities, systematics, and evolution. It’s not the most readable text but makes an excellent reference for anyone interested in a particular aspect of intertidal fishes.



*Hoover, John P. 2003. Hawaii’s Fishes: A Guide For Snorkelers, Divers, and Aquarists. Mutual Publishers: HI

This outstanding, best-selling, pictorial guide to Hawaiian fishes includes the popular, Hawaiian, and scientific names.


*Klimley, A. Peter. 2003. The Secret Life of Sharks. Simon & Schuster: NY

This book tells the story of Klimley’s heroic efforts to understand and make known the true behavior of sharks. Told in narrative form, this book is less useful as a reference but it does capture the incredible efforts of scientists to study these animals.


*Lamb, Andy, and Phil Edgell. 1986. Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing: Canada.

This fascinating tromp through the fishes of the Pacific Northwest describes the major species in the context of five categories: recreational fishing, scuba, commercial fishing, hiking, and eating. For example, the Kelp Perch is “seldom sought or caught” (recreational fishing), may be observed as it “nibbles...among the lush golden brown plants” (scuba), is “incidentally caught by kelp harvesting machines” (commercial fishing), is “rarely seen” (hiking), and has “little edible flesh” (eating). What’s not to love about that? This book is for everyone!



*Lieske, Ewald, and Robert Myers. 1996. Coral Reef Fishes: Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean, Including the Red Sea. Princeton University Press: NJ

This compact field guide is packed with more than 2000 color drawings of reef fishes. It is basically intended as a quick reference for identifying fishes you might see while snorkeling, scuba diving, or browsing your local aquarium or pet store!


*Love, Milton. 1996. Probably More Than You Want To Know About The Fishes Of The Pacific Coast: A Humorous Guide to Pacific Fishes. Really Big Press: CA

Read Page 17, Fish Parts, in which Love attributes the inability of school children to identify the parts of a fish as a sure sign of America’s troubled school system. Be that as it may, it’s the kind of narrative you can expect in this book, which is far more than a fish identification book. Filled with facts, details, trivia, and amusing anecdotes.


*Love, Milton, Mark Yoklavich, and Lyman Thorsteinson. 2002. The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific. University of California Press: CA

If Milton Love doesn’t do standup comedy he should. The books he writes are hilarious, witty, fun, and highly scientific at the same time. The chapter on Fisheries and Conservation should be published everywhere for its lucid insights into the causes of the decline of fishes, especially rockfishes.



*Mallory, Kenneth. 2001. Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks. Houghton Mifflin: MA


*Moyle, Peter B., and Joseph J. Cech, Jr. 2004. Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology, 5th Edition. Prentice-Hall: NJ

This is an outstanding, upper-division textbook on fishes. It also makes an excellent reference for students and instructors who wish to learn more about the biology of the world’s fishes.


*Parker, Steve and Jane. 1999. The Encyclopedia of Sharks. Firefly Books: Canada.

To call this an encyclopedia is a bit of a stretch, but this book does offer an excellent and beautifully illustrated/photographed overview of these misunderstood predators. Covering a range of topics from shark senses to shark adaptations, this book makes a nice reference for students who wish to begin a more in-depth study on some aspect of shark biology.



*Taylor, Leighton, Mark Carwardine, and Erich Hoyt, editors. 2002. The Nature Companion’s Sharks and Whales. Fog City Press: CA

What recommends this volume are the one-page synopses with photos of the major species of sharks and whales. That makes it useful as a quick reference for a particular species. The book lacks a bit in details and covers a wide range of topics, from underwater filming to whale watching to conservation, but it serves well as a general guide to those who wish to learn more about these animals and how and where to observe them.


*Island of the Sharks. 1999. Nova, IMAX (DVD)


*Cunningham-Day, Rachel. 2001. Sharks in Danger: Global Shark Conservation Status with Reference to Management Plans and Legislation. Universal Publishers: FL


*Johnstone, James. 1908. Conditions of Life in the Sea. Cambridge University Press: UK

Johnstone could be considered a “philosopher” of oceanography. His little-known text offers keen insights into fisheries oceanography. Oceanographers today continue to grapple with many of the problems outlined by Johnstone. Books like these take us back to some of the first observations of the ocean and the scientific challenges of understanding how it works.

*Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures: Sharks at Risk and Gray Whale Obstacle Course. 2006. PBS (VHS or DVD).

See also http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/sharks/ and http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/whales/


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