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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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Invertebrate Zoology & Behavior

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*Hanlon, Roger T., and John B. Messenger. 1996. Cephalopod Behavior. Cambridge University Press: UK.

Reference for: Chapter 12, Nekton

If you are as fascinated with squid as Professor Sean is, this book will keep you awake for days! This textbook covers nearly every aspect of cephalopod behavior and the underlying neurophysiological basis. Topics include color change, feeding and foraging, defense, reproduction, communication, learning, and ecology. This is truly the must-have reference on cephalpods.


*Buchsbaum, Ralph, Mildred Buchsbaum, John Pearse, and Vicki Pearse. 1987. Animals Without Backbones, 3rd Edition. University of Chicago Press: IL

This classic textbook serves for an introductory course in invertebrate zoology where students do not have an extensive background in biology. Although it is less detailed than other invertebrate zoology textbooks, it does have a certain appeal in that it emphasizes human relationships with invertebrates. For those who may be intimidated by the more technical language of advanced texts, this is a perfect alternative.

*Ellis, Richard. 1998. The Search for the Giant Squid. The Lyons Press: NY

Ellis is at his best in this comprehensive and detailed account of the giant squid. Not only is this an entertaining book to read, but it also makes a terrific reference for teaching and learning more about giant squid.

*Howorth, Peter C. 1978. The Abalone Book. Naturegraph Publishers: CA

This is an interesting little book on abalone. The first half focuses on abalone as a resource and though it was written in the 1970s, spells out the many threats abalone face. The author places much of the blame on sea otters, which should make for an interesting topic of discussion in a classroom (fishermen often blame nature for overfishing). The latter half of the book is devoted to the life history and identification of abalone, with some nice photos.

*Johnson, William S., and Dennis M. Allen. 2005. Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A Guide to Their Identification and Ecology. John Hopkins University Press: MD

This book is a welcome volume for identifying zooplankton in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters. Its illustrations provide ample labels for differentiating between species, especially copepods. This book makes an excellent reference for field and laboratory courses that expose students to living plankton.

*Kozloff, Eugene N. Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest, with additions and corrections. 1996. University of Washington Press: WA

This is no less than a 500-page key to nearly 4,000 species of invertebrates that may be found in the Pacific Northwest in intertidal to subtidal shallow waters from British Columbia to southern Oregon. This is really a book for the specialist or instructors teaching field classes in marine biology or zoology in the Pacific Northwest.



*Light, S. F. 1975. Light’s Manual: Intertidal Invertebrates of the Central California Coast, 3rd Edition. Ralph I. Smith and James T. Carlton, eds. University of California Press: CA

This is a classic and invaluable reference for the identification of intertidal invertebrates along the Pacific coast. A new edition is supposedly set for publication sometime in 2007.


*Mauchline, John. 1998. The Biology of Calanoid Copepods. Elsevier Academic Press: CA

Who would have thought that such a tiny animal could require a 700+-page book to describe it! That this book is so detailed is a testament to the importance of these animals in the world ocean. Mauchline has produced a comprehensive and much-needed reference on copepods, the most numerous multicellular organism on Earth.

*Newman, Leslie, and Lester Cannon. 2003. Marine Flatworms: The World of Polyclads. CSIRO Publishing: Australia.

This is a delightful book that will likely surprise readers unfamiliar with marine flatworms. Far from boring, these colorful and versatile animals continue to amaze the scientists that study them. This book features over 300 color photographs.


*Ruppert, Edward E., Richard S. Fox, and Robert D. Barnes. 2004. Invertebrate Zoology: A Functional Evolutionary Approach, 7th Edition. Brooks/Cole: CA

In Professor Sean’s opinion, this is the best invertebrate zoology textbook on the market, perhaps the best ever written. The authors are not content to merely present in fine detail the classification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of invertebrates, they present alternative interpretations and controversial opinions where these topics are concerned. In that way, invertebrate zoology comes alive as an active, important, and relevant field of study for understanding the ecology and evolutionary relationships of these organisms in a global setting. Professor Sean highly recommends this book for a course of study or as a reference for Earth Science instructors who wish to solidify and deepen their knowledge and understanding of invertebrates.

*Wrobel, David, and Claudia Mills. 1998. Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates: A Guide to Common Gelatinous Animals. Sea Challengers (CA) and Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA).

Jellyplankton are among the most beautiful and intriguing forms of life in the sea. This book, dedicated to common Pacific forms, offers stunning photos and detailed descriptions in a field guide that will be useful for divers and aquarium visitors alike.

*Bone, Q., ed. 1998. The Biology of Pelagic Tunicates. Oxford University Press: UK.

This is an outstanding reference book on these little known and oft-ignored group of organisms. Although their reputation as marine fouling organisms and a nuisance species (when blooming), their importance in the ocean carbon cycle and microbial loop is just beginning to be appreciated.

*Furlong, Marjorie, and Virginia Pill. 1970. Starfish: Methods of Preserving and Guide to Identification. Ellison Industries: WA

Based on sea stars from their collection at the driftwood shop in Hoodsport, Washington, this little guide harkens to days gone by. Where collecting a limited number of specimens (as the authors prudently) recommend was once an acceptable practice, that practice has now been wisely outlawed. Marine organisms serve a much more important role in the wild than they ever will on a shelf or bookcase in your home.

*Kerstitch, Alex. 1989. Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates: A Guide for the Pacific Coast, Mexico to Ecuador. Sea Challengers: CA

This is an excellent field guide to commonly encountered invertebrates in the Sea of Cortez. Wirth color pictures and short descriptions, it makes the perfect accompaniment for Baja field classes.

*Pearse, Vicki, John Pearse, Mildred Buichsbaum, And Ralph Buchsbaum. 1987. Living Invertebrates. Blackwell Scientific Publications (MD) and The Boxwood Press (CA).

While this is not the most up-to-date textbook on invertebrates, it remains a highly useful reference for the sheer enormity of details and lucid black-and-white illustrations it contains.

*Stix, Hugh, Marguerite Stix, and R. Tucker Abbott. 1968. The Shell: Five Hundred Million Years of Inspired Design. Harry N. Abrams: NY

This oversized book is as much a celebration of shells as a guide to their history and identification. Many of the color photographs are separated by glassine inserts and some of the pages fold out to reveal life-sized photos of different species. Written by malacologists, it remains one of the most stunning and beautiful shell books available. You won’t want to lug it to the beach, but it will make a great companion for the photos of shells you take (leaving the shells on the beach where they belong).


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