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Featured Books—April 2015 Issue


My Watery Self: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist

By Stephen Spotte
Paperback. 166 pp. Three Rooms Press. $12.85


Stephen Spotte shares accounts of his life in this book, starting with his early days in West Virginia and chronicling his time living in a bohemian beach town, and eventually his work as a marine biologist. After spending time in Beach Haven, New Jersey, Spotte became inspired by the sea and went back to school to become a marine biologist. Spotte has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York Aquarium and Aquarium of Niagara Falls, as well as the Sea Research Foundation at the University of Connecticut and the Coral Reef Ecology Program in Turks and Caicos. b52f

An Introduction to Ecological Economics, Second Edition

By Robert Costanza, John H. Cumberland, Herman Daly, Robert Goodland, Richard B. Norgaard, Ida Kubiszewski and Carol Franco
Hardcover. 356 pp. CRC Press. $92.11


Focusing on working toward a future that is sustainable and financially promising, this book demonstrates a different way to think about managing daily life and the planet. An update on the original text, this second version lays out approaches to how humans can interact with the Earth in a viable way. The new edition offers boxes written by the authors independently to provide greater context to the original message and pinpoints progress in the integration of studying society and nature.

Tsunami Science: Ten Years After The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Edited by Alexander Rabinovich, Eric L. Geist, Hermann M. Fritz and Jose Borrero
Paperback. 390 pp. Birkhäuser. $71.65


In the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, nations worldwide contributed to making advancements in tsunami science. This book is the first volume of a compilation of essays detailing the strides in research on tsunamis that has occurred in the past decade. Papers in the book cover the state of science when the tsunami happened, case studies depicting hazards and how the warning system has changed for this natural disaster. Also covered are studies on the models that describe tsunami impact.


The Hadal Zone: Life in the Deepest Oceans

By Alan Jamieson
Hardcover. 382 pp. Cambridge University Press. $72.00

A vastly unexplored realm of marine science, the hadal zone makes up nearly half of the total ocean depth range. Throughout the past decade, advances in technology have opened up this previously off-limits zone to new research. This book provides an overview of the organisms that reside in the hadal zone and also covers how trenches are formed, food supply and hydrography. The text addresses this region of the ocean in regards to sustainability and conservation of marine life.



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