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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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*Castro, Peter, and Michael E. Huber. 2007. Marine Biology, 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education: IA

Reference for: Chapter 12, Figure 12-3
Reference for: Chapter 14, Figures 14-1b, 14-2, 14-3
Reference for: Chapter 15, Figures 15-3, 15-4, 15-7, 15-9, 15-18, 15-15, 15-17, 15-18, 15-19


The Living Sea. IMAX. 1995. (DVD)

This is Professor Sean’s favorite video for introducing the world ocean and why we need to better understand it. With music by Sting, narration by Meryl Streep, and amazing footage from Greg MacGillivray, this video continues to entertain and inspire.


*Reynolds III, John E., and Sentiel A. Rommel, editors. 1999. Biology of Marine Mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington DC.

Reference for: Chapter 12, The Nekton

If you want to learn about marine mammals and scientific efforts to understand them, this book will more than suffice. What it lacks in pretty pictures, it makes up for in its attention to marine mammal science. References are embedded within the text and listed at the end of each chapter which makes this book an excellent source for tracking down the scientific literature on which particular scientific claims are based. This book also includes lots of tables of data and some key illustrations for explaining concepts. It’s probably a bit advanced for an introductory course in marine mammals but it is a highly readable and comprehensive work on all marine mammals

*Byatt, Andrew, Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes. 2001. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. Discovery Channel.

Hands down, this is one of the best documentaries series on marine life in existence. The companion book is no less impressive. It could easily serve as a textbook for a course in marine biology. Its photographs and illustrations are top notch.


*Cousteau, Jacques. 1979 (1993). Jacques Cousteau: The Ocean World. Harry N. Abrams: NY

This oversized, sumptious volume is both a tribute to the man who made oceanography famous and the amazing diversity of organisms that inhabit the world ocean. This book takes an ecological approach, introducing reproduction, food-getting, movement, defense, communication, and other adapations and behaviors in separate chapters. The latter chapters of the book are devoted to human interactions with the ocean. This is the kind of book to leave on your coffee table and flip through once a day!


*Dinwiddie, Robert , Louise Thomas, and Fabien Cousteau Ocean: The World’s Last Wilderness Revealed. 2006. DK Publishing: NY

An illustrated encyclopedia of information on the world ocean and its inhabitants.



*Ellis, Richard. 1994. Monsters of the Sea. Lyons Press: NY

Ellis provides a highly readable account the myths, literature, and science of manatees, giant squids, whales, octopus, and sharks.


*Gage, John D., and Paul A. Taylor. 1991. Deep-Sea Biology: A natural history of organisms at the deep-sea floor. Cambridge University Press: UK

This is one of the few books that covers deep-sea biology. As such, it is an invaluable reference.


*Gould, Stephen Jay. 2002. The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: MA

This immense volume details Gould’s provocative and often controversial views on the evolution of life on Earth. To his credit, Gould is typically entertaining, and this book reads like a good novel. Unfortunately, you have to read a lot of it if you are generally unfamiliar with his ideas or the nuances of evolution. Nonetheless, it’s an essential reference for a biologist’s library.


*Johnson, Jinny. 1998. Children’s Guide to Sea Creatures. Simon & Schuster: NY

Though intended for younger readers, its broad scope, beautiful illustrations, and detailed descriptions (including scientific names) make this a great reference for college students and instructors who wish to learn more about the diversity of marine life in the world ocean. The book is arranged by habitat and includes denizens of the deep sea and Antarctic species.


*Levinton, Jeffrey S. 2001. Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press: NY

Among introductory marine biology textbooks, Levinton is considered the most “advanced.” It is certainly the most “scientific” in its approach and its inclusion of hot topics. Levinton presents a balanced blend of biology, evolution, and ecology. His end-of-chapter readings, arranged by topic, are a rich source for further exploration.


*Nybakken, James W. 2004. Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach. Benjamin-Cummings: CA

Nybakken’s textbook emphasizes communities of marine organisms. He describes their geological, physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and uses that foundation as a starting point for discussing ecological interactions.

Reference for: Chapter 13, Figure 13-13
Reference for: Chapter 14, Figures 14-8, 14-13



*Snyderman, Marty. 1998. California Marine Life: A Guide to Common Marine Species. Roberts Rinehart Publishers: MD.

Beuatifully photographed and arranged by habitat, this guide will help you to identify the major species inhabiting California waters and to learn more about them.


*Sumich, James L., and John F. Morrissey. 2004. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life, 8th Edition. Jones and Bartlett: MA

This text tends more towards the biological than ecological which provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals for introductory students lacking a strong biology background.

Reference for: Chapter 13, Figure 13-2

*Stepp, Ann. 1971. Grunion: Fish Out of Water. Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Harvey House


*Coker, R. E. 1962. This Great and Wide Sea: An Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology, Illustrated Edition. Harper Torchbooks: NY

This is one of the first books on oceanography that Professor Sean read when he was a larvae. These kinds of books are fascinating as a historical snapshot of the state of the science in a particular era and for their “personal” narratives. As an illustrated edition, it doesn’t have many illustrations, certainly not compared to modern books!

*Michelet, Jules. 1883. The Sea. Thomas Nelson and Sons: London

This delightful little tribute to the ocean interweaves Michelet’s commanding prose with a great deal of science. It is believed that Jules Verne borrowed from this book in his writing of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Indeed, Michelet’s chapter on cod cites statistics mentioned in 20K. That said, this book is a useful historical reference for understanding human interactions with the world ocean in the 19th century.

*Reisch, Donald. 1995. Marine Life of Southern California, Emphasizing Marine Life of Los Angeles-Orange County, 2nd Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing: IA.

This is the “other” southern California intertidal field guide (see also Hinton). Reisch includes an excellent description of the marine habitats of LA and Orange counties and a nice discussion of intertidal zonation. It’s a terrific reference for identifying anything from sponges to marine birds.

*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.

*Ward, Ritchie. 1974. Into the Ocean World: The Biology of the Sea. Alfred A. Knopf: NY

The Endless Voyage: Living Together and Life Goes On) (Episodes 22 and 23). 2002 (VHS and DVD). Intelecom.

Professor Sean appeared in several of the episodes of this series and helped develop learning activities to support it. While some episodes are better than others, The Endless Voyage provides one of the most complete and up-to-date series on oceanography available



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