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Apologia has a Marine Bio course. MIT Opencourseware has some too.

This one looks very interesting too:


Apologia is out (unless I don't find another). He wants less text, more living.


Thank you. The Lecture notes are great for the FIU course. I'll check out the MIT one, too.



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The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson

Waiting for Aphrodite by Sue Hubbell (F.Y.I: written from an evolutionary perspective)

We like to learn the evolutionary perspective at this point of our learning so we can compare differences to our personal beliefs and prepare them for Academia, which is heavily evolutionary in its teaching. Thank you for the suggestion.

Have you looked at the Marine biology coloring book.


I'd also add a biography of Jacques Cousteau

I love those books :) And what a great idea for a bio. Thank you!
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I haven't read it, but I wonder if Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky might be appropriate.


"Amazon.com Review


You probably enjoy eating codfish, but reading about them? Mark Kurlansky has written a fabulous book--well worth your time--about a fish that probably has mattered more in human history than any other. The cod helped inspire the discovery and exploration of North America. It had a profound impact upon the economic development of New England and eastern Canada from the earliest times. Today, however, overfishing is a constant threat. Kurlansky sprinkles his well-written and occasionally humorous history with interesting asides on the possible origin of the word codpiece and dozens of fish recipes. Sometimes a book on an offbeat or neglected subject really makes the grade. This is one of them."


These books also look intriguing:


Underwater to Get Out of the Rain: A Love Affair With the Sea by Trevor Norton


"From Publishers Weekly


Starred Review. This delightfully wry account of a lifetime enchanted by the sea should enshrine marine biologist Norton in the pantheon of sea-struck pioneers he brilliantly profiled in his earlier Stars Beneath the Sea. Norton details a love affair that began in his hometown of Whitley Bay, a fading English resort town, where he one day dove into the water and discovered a "fresh and alive sea" that was "everything that the land wasn't." Though he'd been a less-than-average student, his newfound love propelled him to undergraduate and graduate work and then to a life full of oceanographic adventures from the Canary Islands to Sweden and Yemen. Whether discussing the sea lions of Southern California or the coral gardens of Sharm el Sheikh, Norton writes in a charming, tongue-in-cheek style. He is equally adept at elucidating the politics behind the pollution he finds in places such as the Philippines—where fishermen have been allowed to dynamite and poison coral reefs—as he is at illuminating the beauty of what others might consider odd, such as the "magical properties" of slime as used by the limpets off the Isle of Man. (June 1)

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Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures From the Census of Marine Life by Nancy Knowlton


"“Citizens of the Sea,†is a dazzling collection of photographs of undersea creatures, with commentary by Nancy Knowlton, a marine scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a leader of the census effort. The book’s goal is to introduce readers to the plants and animals that inhabit the marine world — from Antarctic ice to more than six miles down, near the bottom of the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot on the ocean floor. In its pages we encounter creatures both familiar and strange. Most will enjoy it as a journey through what remains a largely alien landscape filled with beautiful and often bizarre creatures." —Cornelia Dean, "Getting to Know Your Neighbors Below the Surface," The New York Times Science Section"



Sensuous Seas: Tales of a Marine Biologist bu Eugene Kaplan


"From Publishers Weekly


The feeding and mating habits of some of the ocean's strangest creatures are the subject of these 31 entertaining essays by Hofstra ecologist Kaplan. He introduces each chapter with a story dramatizing the factual information—such as the tale of his painful encounter with the tentacles of a Portuguese man o' war—but the inducement is unnecessary, as the biology is fascinating in its own right. His man o' war, for example, is a jellyfish that has "[n]o brain, no blood, no heart, no anus," yet is able to paralyze its prey with "poison arrows." The other creatures he describes are equally bizarre. They include barnacles that live in the bodies of crabs, eating all the hosts' internal organs except those necessary to keep the crabs alive; sinister fish in the Amazon basin that can enter a human body through the genitals and tear up the person's innards; sea anemones and clownfish that live in a symbiotic relationship in which the fish feed the anemones and are in return protected by the anemones' tentacles. Kaplan's lively essays, accompanied by 150 exquisite line drawings, are a wonderful introduction to the mysteries of the ocean. (Aug.)

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