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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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*Earle, Sylvia. 2001. National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean. National Geographic: Washington, DC.

Professor Sean considers this the most outstanding atlas of the world ocean produced to date. The seafloor maps of the major basins feature an extensive list of names for ridges, basins, fracture zones, seamounts, and a wide range of additional seafloor features.

Tomczak, Matthias, and J. Stuart Godfrey. 2003. Regional Oceanography: An Introduction, 2nd Edition.

See also: http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/physicalocean/Tomczak/

Reference for: Chapter 9, Table 9.3, Equatorial Currents, Monsoonal Circulation


*Hearn, Chester. Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill. 2002.


*Lomolino, Mark V., Dov F. Sax, and James H. Brown, editors. 2004. Foundations of Biogeography: Classic Papers with Commentaries. University of Chicago Press: IL

Reference for: Chapter 12, The Foundations of Evolutionary Theory


*Longhurst, Alan. 1998. Ecological Geography of the Sea. Academic Press: CA; also 2006, 2nd edition.

Reference for: Chapter 12, Ocean Biomes

Longhurst is a modern pioneer in the application of biogeography to the world ocean. His emphasis on physical-biological interactions will provide a theoretical foundation from which hypotheses on the factors influencing the diversity and structure of marine communities can be based. Much remains to be learned of ocean ecology and Longhurt’s contributions are sure to stimulate new and exciting research in this field.



*Langstroth, Lovell, and Libby Langstroth. 2000. A Living Bay: The Underwater World of Monterey Bay. University of California Press: CA

Part coffee-table book (for its superb photographs), part field guide, and part textbook, this beautiful volume has much to recommend it. The Langstroth’s devote a significant amount of their narrative to scientific descriptions of the characteristics, behavior, and ecology of species, but include an equal number of amusing, interesting, and personal anecdotes. It’s also arranged by habitat which makes it useful for appreciating the different communities of organisms found in Monterey Bay. This book will make an useful reference for students and instructors who desire a broader understanding of different marine organisms or communities.


*Schoenherr, Allan A., C. Robert Feldmeth, and Michael J. Emerson. 1999. Natural History of the Islands of California. University of California Press: CA

As the lead author wrote in Professor Sean’s book, “There would be no channel islands were it not for the ocean.” This book encompasses the geologic and evolutionary history of the islands along with a detailed and engaging account of their modern terrestrial and marine inhabitants.


*Hempel, Gotthilf, and Kenneth Sherman. 2003. Large Marine Ecosystems of the World: Trends in Exploitation, Protection, and Research. Elsevier: The Netherlands.

Reference for: Chapter 14, Spotlight 14.1


*Bertness, Mark D. 1999. The Ecology of Atlantic Shorelines. Sinauer Associates: MA

*Butler, Robert. 2000. The Jade Coast: The Ecology of the North Pacific Ocean. Key Porter Books: Canada.

*Pilkey, Orrin H., William J. Neal, Stanley R. Riggs, Craig A. Webb, David M. Bush, Deborah F. Pilkey, Jane Bullock, and Brian Cowan. 1998. The North Carolina Shore and Its Barrier Islands: Restless Ribbons of Sand. Duke University Press: NC

*Cotter, Charles H. 1965. The Physical Geography of the Oceans. American Elsevier: NY

*Emery, K.O. 1960. The Sea Off Southern California. John Wiley: NY

This is an extraordinary, little-known book on early seafloor mapping and oceanographic efforts off the coast of southern California. The fold-out map of the southern California Bight in the back of the book is a gem.

Wyrtki, Klaus. 1971. Oceanographic Atlas of the International Indian Ocean Expedition. National Science Foundation: Washington, DC.

*Ekman, Sven. 1953 (1967). Zoogeography of the Sea. Sidgwick and Jackson: UK.

They say that modern science often “rediscovers” historical science. Long before oceanographers gave much thought to biomes and ocean biogeography, Ekman wrote this book. It provides an outstanding overview of scientific thinking on this subject in the early 1900s. The bibliography offers a gateway to the historic literature on ocean biogeography.

*Fitzharris, Tim. 1983. The Island: A Natural History of Vancouver Island. Oxford University Press: Canada

Fitzharris captures the magnificent splendor and diverse wildlife in his photographs of this fascinating island. Those who have spent any time at Bamfield Marine Station will especially appreciate this book.

*Dailey, Murray, Donald Reisch, and Jack Anderson. 1993. Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA.

This compilation includes articles from some of the most prominent oceanographers in this business. It is likely the most complete summary of the California Bight published to date. Notable chapters include the geologic setting (Dailey, Anderson, Reish, and Gorsline), the physical oceanography (Hickey), phytoplankton (Hardy), zooplankton (Dawson and Pieper), benthic macrophytes (Murray and Bray), and Benthic Invertebrates (Thompson, Dixon, Schroeter, and Reisch), among others.

*Voss, Gilbert L. 1980 (2002). Seashore Life of Florida and the Caribbean. Dover Publications: NY

This field guide to marine life in Professor Sean’s home state (Florida) won’t please those who require color photographs to identify marine organisms but it will earn high marks for those who wish to learn the scientific names of species. Voss does a great job at pointing out key characteristics and labeling features that differ among related species.

*Murdoch, Lesley. 1992. Discover the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Revised Edition. Bay Books: Australia.


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