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On Display at Clarkston: Display -- July 2012

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

On Display -- July 2012 -- AT the Water's Edge

Featured Web Sites

Census of Marine Life

This up-to-date and exciting site offers articles, images, videos, and links to scholarly material about ocean life, research in the oceans, and ocean conservation.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Pittman, Craig
Manatee Insanity

The book, Manatee Insanity's, author's site on manatee conservation and conservation laws in Florida. There is a blog with recent news stories, and news of the author's appearances at bookstores and the like.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer


[Video] Series that reveals the hidden stories of the deep. Over a year a team of four marine experts has voyaged across the globe to explore our planet's last true wilderness- its oceans

Dirty Water
Swimming with Giants
Plastic Ocean

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Within the boundaries of the sanctuary lie spectacular, unique, and nationally significant marine resources, from the world’s third largest barrier reef, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands, and more than 6,000 species of marine life. The sanctuary also protects pieces of our nation’s history such as shipwrecks and other archeological treasures.


Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance.

UN Atlas of the Oceans
United Nations Foundation

More than just a site with maps, this portal offers readable information on marine ecology, conservation of marine species, ocean conservation news, and much more.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

National Resources Defense Council

This advocacy organization with a four star Charity Navigator rating offers news on such marine conservation issues as: plastic in oceans, acidification, sustainable fishing, and more.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Shells Jewels from the Sea
Field Guide to Shorebirds

National Resources Defense Council

Clean and plentiful water provides the foundation for prosperous communities. We rely on clean water to survive, yet right now we are heading towards a water crisis. Changing climate patterns are threatening lakes and rivers, and key sources that we tap for drinking water are being overdrawn or tainted with pollution. NRDC is helping to secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment

Help Gulf Birds
American Bird Conservancy

Do you enjoy fishing, boating, and playing on the beach? Well, then birds are important to you! Birds are an indication that our environment is healthy, and they are an integral part of a fully functioning ecosystem.

Save the Albatross

BirdLife International

The albatross family is becoming threatened faster than any other family of birds. Seventeen of the 22 species of albatross are globally threatened with extinction, an increase from just seven in 1994.Albatrosses are being killed in such vast numbers that they can't breed fast enough to keep up, putting them in real danger of extinction. Without help, losses could become so great that recovery may never be possible for these majestic ocean wanderers.

International Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island

An advocacy group whose aim is to elminiate threats to dolphins, whales, seals, and porpoises world-wide, before it's too late.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

The Dolphin Institute

The Dolphin Institute (TDI) is a Hawaii-based not-for-profit (501)(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study and preservation of dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals, and to the education of people whose attitudes and activities affect the survival and well-being of these animals.

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
Dolphin Diaries
An Excellent Fishe

Ocean Alliance

Ocean Alliance is concerned with the conservation of whales and all sea life, as well as human impacts on the marine environment.


University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

A taxonomic guide to mollusks. Click on the cow's skull to see images of actual shells. You need some knowledge of mollusks' scientific names to make the most of this site.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Sea-Shell Collector

A well organized site featuring articles on sea shell collecting, notices of sea shell shows, a photo gallery organized by taxonomic family , and a forum where users can post their own comments.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

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At the Water's Edge

What do you find where salt water meets the shore: wetlands, birds, mollusks, mammals, and more, including pollution and environmental threats? This display features books, web sites, and DVDs that explore the beauty of our shores' natural history, celebrate the beauty of marine life, and warn of threats to the coastal and marine environment.

Note: This display has a gray scale logo, because I produced it without any colored toner. -- Eileen H. Kramer 7/31/12

Coastal Natural History

Farndon, John and The Cousteau Society.
Atlas of Oceans: An Ecological Survey of Underwater Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011.
Call Number: QH541.5.S3 F27 2011

Looks at the oceans and seas around the world, describing the creatures found in them, threats they face, and recommendations on ways to preserve the ocean ecosystem.

Leatherman, Stephen P. and Jack Williams.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Water's Edge. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2012.
Call Number: Clarkston Popular QH95.7 .L375 2012

More than 236 different plant and animal groups that you will find at the water's edge, from manatees and sharks in the ocean to algae and dragonflies in the pond; all the images and clues you need to identify your finds, including detailed descriptions of appearance, behavior, and habitat

Lender, Mark Seth.
Salt Marsh Diary: A Year on the Connecticut Coast. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Call Number: QH105.C8 L46 2011

Mark Seth Lender’s home is on the edge of a salt marsh. From his front porch and back yard he is witness to an astonishing array of wildlife, but nothing he sees is more beautiful and inspiring than the birds that fill the air, perch on trees and wade in shallow water.

Poisoned Waters  The World is Blue

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Levinton, Jeffrey S.
Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Call Number: QH91 .L427 2009

Widely regarded as the most captivating, accessible, and comprehensive text for undergraduate marine biology courses, Jeffrey S. Levinton's Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, Third Edition, examines marine biology from a unique global and evolutionary perspective. Written in a clear, conversational style, this highly acclaimed volume emphasizes the principles and processes that underlie--and unify--vastly different marine communities.

Proctor, Noble S. and Patrick J. Lynch.
A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico: Coastal Habitats, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, Fish, & Other Wildlife. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011.
Call Number: QL157.S68 P76 2011

[A] field guide that will be a treat for anyone interested in the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and the southeast coast. . . . for a handy reference to keep in one's boat, backpack, or beach tote while exploring, this guide is essential.

Thurson, Harry.
A Place Between the Tides. Berkeley, CA: Greystone Books, 2004.
Call Number: Ebrary QH106.2.C55 T58 2004

Based on childhood memory and his naturalist's journals, A Place between the Tides tells the story of Harry Thurston's return to the beloved environment of his boyhood when he moves to the Old Marsh on the bands of the Tidnish River in Nova Scotia. This is the story of the salt marsh, but it is also a personal odyssey, a homecoming for Thurston as a naturalist, culminating in his rediscovery of the bounty of nature where land meets sea.

Waller, Geoffrey, Michael Burchett, and Marc Dando.
Sea Life: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
Call Number: QL121 .S43 1996

Brimming with illustrations and descriptions of more than six hundred species, SeaLife is the most comprehensive reference available in a single volume to the vast panorama of vertebrate and invertebrate creatures inhabiting the world's oceans and shores.

Weis, Judith S. and Carol A. Butler.
Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Call Number: QH87.3 .W43 2009

Salt Marshes, with an emphasis coastal wetlands in the Atlantic and Gulf regions and the San Francisco Bay area, offers readers a wealth of essential information about a variety of flora and fauna, marshes' ecological importance, consequences of human neglect and overdevelopment, and insight into how these wetlands recover.

Woodard, Colin.
Ocean's End: Travels through Endangered Seas. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
Call Number: GC1085 .W66 2000

Ocean's End is not about the damage our oceans could suffer (and inflict) in ten or a hundred years, if we're not careful. It's an eyewitness account, in compelling and vivid detail, of the massive worldwide destruction that's already happened.

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Marine Ecology/Conservation

Earle, Sylvia A.
The World is Blue: How our Fate and the Ocean's are One. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2009.
Call Number: GC21 .E28 2009

A Silent Spring for our era, this eloquent, urgent, fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis.

Jacobsen, Rowan.
Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey through our Last Great Wetland. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011.
Call Number: QH92.3 .J33 2011

Not only are the Gulf's wetlands the best oyster reefs and fish nurseries in the world, they also provide critical habitat to most of America's migratory songbirds and waterfowl, as well as a home base for the energy and shipping industries. If the Gulf is allowed to fail, the effects will ripple across America. And fail it will, unless a national effort is made to save it.

Moore, Charles and Cassandra Phillips.
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Quest to Save the Oceans. New York: Avery, 2011.
Call Number: GC1085 .M67 2011

Documents the author's 1997 short-cut voyage through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, where he discovered the planet's largest garbage dump and resolved to raise awareness about the toxic impact of plastic waste in the world's oceans.

Oceans of Plastic.
Sandrine Feydel, Anna K. Cummins, and Marcus Eriksen. Landmark Media Inc., 2009.
Call Number: Clarkston DVD GC1085 .O243 2009

The planet's oceans are rapidly becoming the world's trash dump. Every mile of ocean now contains an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic. A "plastic soup" of waste, killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year as chemicals trickle slowly up the food chain.

Poisoned Waters. Hedrick Smith, Marc Shaffer, and Rick Young. PBS Home Video, 2009.
Call Number: Decatur DVD TD420 .P63 2009

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways--the great coastal estuaries of Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay--are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people.

Sharpsteen, Bill.
Dirty Water: One Man's Fight to Clean up One of the World's Most Polluted Bays. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2010.
Call Number: TD763 .S557 2010

Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay--and won.

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Marine Mammals

Bearzi, Madalena.
Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Call Number: QL737.C432 B43 2012

In this intimate narrative, Bearzi recounts her experiences at sea, tracing her own evolution as a woman and a scientist from her earliest travails to her transformation into an advocate for conservation and dolphin protection.

Bonner, W. Nigel.
Seals and Sea Lions of the World. New York: Facts on File, 1994.
Call Number: QL737.P64 B662 1994

They're at the center of the controversy about how to balance ecology and the economy. Desired for their fur, the bane of fishermen, and appealing enough to evoke in sometimes sentimental response in humans, fur seals, sea lions, walruses, and phocid seals comprise a fascinating and unusual group. Special attention focuses on their highly unusual anatomy, with limbs adapted fully to their aquatic environments.

Carwadine, Mark and Martin Camm.
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2002.
Call Number: QL737.C4 C275 2002

This Gem sic explores and explains the world of whales and dolphins. Over 50 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise are illustrated with the author's own photographs. Aspects covered include: evolution; identification; biology; zoological categorization; feeding habits; and predators.

Collet, Anne and Marc Sich.
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins, and Seals. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2000.
Call Number: QH91.3.C66 A3 2000

Anne Collet has ridden the tail of a white whale - for ten seconds off the coast of Argentina. She has taken children diving in the Azores to see dolphins and led teenagers on ocean voyages. And she has heard the song of beluga whales in the Arctic Ocean. In Swimming with Giants, Collet describes the power and majesty of being close to some of nature's most magnificent creatures.


Connor, Richard C. and Dawn M. Peterson.
The Lives of Whales and Dolphins. New York: Holt, 1994.
Call Number:QL737.C4 C595 1994

A lively account of these beautiful sea creatures, detailing their habits, movements, and particularly their intelligence and modes of communication. Based on the latest research, the book points out how human behavior is linked to the survival and conservation of these fantastic mammals.

Herzing, Denise L.
Dolphin Diaries: My 25 Years with Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Call Number: QL737.C432 H464 2011

An account of the author's three decades of research into the lives and behaviors of spotted dolphins describes some of her most memorable experiences while revealing surprising findings on dolphin characteristics and communication abilities.

Lazarus, Sarah
Troubled Waters: The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins. Source Info
Call Number: London: Natural History Museum, 2006.

This book is a gripping narrative about whales and dolphins, and how their fates became intertwined with human history.

Miller, David.
Seals & Sea Lions. Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 1998.
Call Number: QL737.P63 M55 1998

Examines the animal's physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat, and discusses the importance of conservation

Pittman, Craig.
Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida's most Famous Endangered Species. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2010.
Call Number: QL737.S63 P58 2010

The best available, most factual account of the decades-long struggle to protect the Florida manatee, skillfully told by a veteran journalist who has followed the story closely.

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Reep, Roger and Robert K. Bonde.
The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2006.
Call Number: QL737.S63 R44 2006

In the field of marine biology, there is a uniqueness to manatee research, and in this book, Roger Reep and Robert Bonde make clear both its rewards and challenges.

Reeves, Randall R., Brent S. Steward, and Stephen Leatherwood.
The Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books, 1992.
Call Number: QL737.P6 R44 1992

This companion to the highly successful Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins includes the pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), sirenians (manatees, dugongs, and sea cows), otters (sea and marine only), and the polar bear. The text offers definitive information on every animal, including physical description, distribution, natural history, and the status of conservation efforts. 137 photographs; 43 color paintings.

Reynolds, John Elliott and Daniel K. Odell.
Manatees and Duogongs. New York: Facts on File, 1991.
Call Number: QL737.S63 R49 1991

Written by two leading marine scientists, "Manatees and Dugongs," begins with the evolutionary history of the manatee and dugong species and their relationships with man, who continues to hunt them even today.

Ross, Diana.
The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Call Number: QL737.C432 R457 2011

A leading authority on dolphin intelligence shares scientific information about dolphin creativity, emotions, and communication abilities while advocating for stronger dolphin protection laws.

Simmonds, Mark P.
Whales & Dolphins of the World. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.
Call Number: QL737.C4 S489 2004

This book is intended as both a celebration of the whales and dolphins of the world and an introduction to their diversity, biology, and conservation.
Source: Simmonds, Mark P. "Introduction." Whales & Dolphins of the World. Mark P. Simmonds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. 8-10. Print.

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Shore Birds

Bildstein, Keith L.
White Ibis: Wetland Wanderer. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.
Call Number: QL696.C585 B54 1993

White Ibis is a book forthe scientist, the serious student of ornithologist, the avid birdwatcher, the ardent conservationist, and enviromnental decision-makers. Its science is carefully set forth and clearly documented. With welcomed flashes of wit it sends a clear message: this nation's wildlife in general and the white ibis, in particular, are in need of care and greater understanding.
Source: Stout, Prentice K. "White Ibis: Wetland Wanderer." Estuaries and Coasts 17.2 (1994): 519. Springerlink. Web. 11 July 2012.

Graham, Frank.
Gulls: An Ecological History. New York: Random House, 1975.
Call Number: QL696.C46 G7

This is a book about gulls and men, not primarily a natural history of gulls, but rather, a social history -- a record fo the relations between man and several of the world's forty-seven gull species.
Source: Graham, Frank. "Author's Note." Gulls: An Ecological History. Frank Graham. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1982. n.p. Print.

Ito, Shingi.
The White Egret. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1988.
Call Number: QL696.C52 I8613 1988

Here is the stunning beauty of the white egret, vividly portrayed against lush green foliage, icy winter snows, and colorful sunsets. In this breathtaking collection of images, photographer Singi Itoh pays tribute to this most graceful and elegant of birds.
Source: "Back Cover." The White Egret. Shingi Itoh. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1988. n.p. Print.

Paulson, Dennis R.
Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Call Number: QL681 .P37 2005

This fine guide covers all of the 94 species of shorebirds that have been documented in North America. The coverage includes familiar species and rarities. For every species, information is provided on size, plumages, identification, voice, behavior, habitat and range.

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Sea Turtles

Carr, Archie Fairly.
The Sea Turtle: So Excellent a Fishe (sic). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1992.
Call Number: QL666.C5 C36 1992

So Excellent a Fishe (sic), first published in 1967, combined everything the careful researcher had learned in more than two decades of fieldwork. This groundbreaking book answered many then-unresolved questions about sea turtle behavior, including those about their remarkable migrations. In large part because of the endearing charm of Carr’s narrative style, it remains a beloved and often-consulted volume in the field.

Spotila, James R.
Saving Sea Turtles: Extraordinary Stories from the Battle Against Extinction. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
Call Number: QL666.C536 S688 2011

A turtle biologist makes a plea to save sea turtles, remarkable creatures that start life buried in up to two feet of sand.
Source: : "Saving Sea Turtles." Science News 30 July 2011: 30. Web. 11 July 2012.

Spotila, James R.
Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
Call Number: QL666.C536 S69 2004

Marine biologist James R. Spotila has spent much of his life unraveling the mysteries of these graceful creatures and working to ensure their survival. In Sea Turtles, he offers a comprehensive and compelling account of their history and life cycle based on the most recent scientific data—and suggests what we can do now to save them.

Witherington, Blair E.
Sea Turtles: An Extraordinary Natural History of Some Uncommon Turtles. St. Paul, MN: Voyageur Press, 2006.
Call Number: QL666.C536 W583 2006

Streamlined and equipped with flippers, sea turtles seem uniquely adapted for water-yet remain firmly attached to land, where the females lay their eggs each year. They sport the many colors of the rainbow, range in weight from 100 to 1,300 pounds, and figure in the mythology and folklore of cultures around the world. And still, they currently risk extinction.

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Shells and Mollusks

Bouchet, Philippe and Gilles Mermet.
Shells. New York: Abbeville Press, 2008.
Call Number: QL404 .B6813 2008

More than just an appreciation of shells, this book captures all of the artistry of the undersea world.

Dance, Peter S.
Shells. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1992.
Call Number: QL404 .D37 1992

The Eyewitness Handbook of Shells is packed with 600 vivid full-color photos of more than 500 species of seashells. The authoritative and systematic photographic approach, with words never separated from pictures, marks a new generation of identification guides.

Harasewych, M.G. and Fabio Moretzsohn.
The Book of Shells: A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Call Number: QL405 .H255 2010

The Book of Shells offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most intriguing mollusk shells, each chosen to convey the range of shapes and sizes that occur across a range of species.

Harasewych, M. G. and Murray Alcosser.
Shells: Jewels from the Sea. New York: Rizzoli, 1989.
Call Number: QL404 .H37 1989

This stunning book has over 600 shell specimens--many of them the finest examples of their kind in the world--drawn primarily from the William Bledsoe Collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 208 color photos.

Sturm, Charles F. and Timothy A. Pearce.
The Mollusks: A Guide to their Study, Collection, and Preservation. Boca Raton, FL: Universal Publishers, 2006.
Call Number: QL406.5 .M65 2006

In this volume, the editors and contributors have brought together a broad range of topics within the field of malacology. It is our expectation that these topics will be of interest and use to amateur and professional malacologists.

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