Interested In Oceans?

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | May 26, 2009 2:56 pm

51kbh4ivbll_sl500_aa240_.jpgWhen in Long Beach earlier this month, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Wolf Berger; Professor of Oceanography Emeritus and Research Professor at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography.   Wolf has a terrific new book out called Ocean: Reflections on a Century of Exploration which covers, well… nearly everything!  From biodiversity and oceanography to marine geology and ocean history, if you’re interested in oceans, this book’s got it.  Berger covers corals reefs, climate change, plate tectonics, ocean currents, and so much more.  Here’s the description at Amazon:

The past one hundred years of ocean science have been distinguished by dramatic milestones, remarkable discoveries, and major revelations. This book is a clear and lively survey of many of these amazing findings. Beginning with a brief review of the elements that define what the ocean is and how it works–from plate tectonics to the thermocline and the life within it–Wolf H. Berger places current understanding in the context of history. Essays treat such topics as beach processes and coral reefs, the great ocean currents off the East and West Coasts, the productivity of the sea, and the geologic revolution that changed all knowledge of the earth in the twentieth century.

Ocean is a good companion for marine students or anyone interested in a detailed account of what’s going on beneath the surface.  And for our youngest readers who are budding marine scientists–or perhaps their parents–Wolf also has a very cute and informative children’s book called Feed Me! The Story of Penny the Penguin Chick.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Books, Marine Science

Comments (4)

  1. Which other books would you recommend for someone interested in (but largely ignorant of) ocean science? I’ve only read Robert Kunzig’s “Mapping the Deep” (wide-ranging and excellent), Eugene Kaplan’s “Sensuous Seas” (quirky and fascinating) and Steve Jones’ “Coral” (interesting but something of a triumph of style over substance). I’d be especially interesting in books about marine invertebrates.

  2. Blogger

    Is that a referral link in the link to the book on Amazon?

  3. Rich,
    With so many authors, styles, and intended audiences, it’s hard to make specific recommendations. The best suggestion I have would be to head to the public library and find the ocean science section. By exploring a wide variety of books, you’ll be able to home in on what’s best for you. And of course, given your interest in inverts, anything on sea cucumbers will amaze ;)

  4. Yes, sea cucumbers are lovely and generally underappreciated animals :)

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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.

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