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Dolphin Confidential Confessions of a Field Biologist

Dolphin Confidential
Confessions of a Field Biologist

By Maddalena Bearzi, OCS President

 

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Winner of the 2013 Green Book Festival Award in the Animals section!

With Dolphin Confidential Dr. Maddalena Bearzi invites all shore-bound dreamers and marine mammal enthusiasts to join her and travel alongside the dolphins. In this fascinating account, the author takes us inside the world of a marine scientist and offers a firsthand understanding of marine mammal behavior, as well as the frustrations, delights, and creativity that make up dolphin research. Dr. 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. These compelling, in-depth descriptions of her fieldwork also present a captivating look into dolphin social behavior and intelligence. The book closes by addressing the critical environmental and conservation problems facing these magnificent, socially complex, highly intelligent, and emotional beings.  (Chicago University Press, 2012)

"I simply love this book. In Dolphin Confidential, renowned scientist Maddalena Bearzi tells us what it is like to be a field researcher and what it is like to be a dolphin, the ups and downs of daily life, and her excitement about learning just who these fascinating animals are. Bearzi's science is impeccable, and her book is an easy read for those who want to share her and the dolphin's lives." - Marc Bekoff, author of Wild Justice

For more information, please visit the University of Chicago Press website.
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The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It) By Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein

The Failure of Environmental Education
(And How We Can Fix It)

By Charles Saylan, OCS Executive Director
and Daniel T. Blumstein, OCS Scientific Advisor

 


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This book has been selected by Time Magazine as one of 2011's "Summer Reading: 7 Education books to take to the beach"

The Failure of Environmental Education is one of the most important books written to date about why environmental education has failed and why if we don't do better we, other animals, and fragile, magnificent, and complex ecosystems and webs of nature are doomed. The authors are renowned experts in this field and we should be thankful to them for taking the time to write this excellent and forward-looking book. Read it, read it again, and share widely. It is that important.- M. Bekoff, author and scientist

For more information, please visit the University of California Press website.



Beautiful Minds The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

Beautiful Minds
The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

By Maddalena Bearzi, OCS President
And Craig B. Stanford

 


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Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens.

"To see the world from someone else's point of view is hard enough but how much harder when that viewpoint is that of a marine dweller with flippers or an ape whose cognition is based on leaf-centered survival in a rainforest? Hand-signed chimp communications and distinguishing imitation from emulation are two of the topics covered here, the first book to investigate the lives of the dolphins and apes in parallel. It explains why both have big brains and, as far as possible, what is must be like to be them. Fascinating." - A. Barnett, New Scientist



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OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS


Berta, A., and J.L. Sumich. 1999. Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology. Academic Press, CA.

Connor, R.C., and P.M. Peterson. 1994. The Lives of Whales and Dolphins.  Henry Holt and Co., NY.

Dailey, M.D., D.J. Reish, and J.W. Anderson. 1993. Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press, CA.

De Waal, F.B.M., and P.L. Tyack, Eds. 2003. Animal Social Complexity. Harvard University Press, UK.

Evans, W.E. 2008. Fifty Years of Flukes and Flippers. Pensoft Publishers, Bulgaria.

Frohoff, T. and B. Peterson, Eds. 2003. Between Species: celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond. Sierra Club Books, CA.

Herman, L.M. 1988. Cetacean Behavior: Mechanisms and Functions. Krieger Publishing Company, NY.

Hoare, P. 2010.The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea. Harper Collins, NY.

Hoyt, E. 2011. Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation and Planning. Earthscan Publications, UK.

Leatherwood, S., and R.R. Reeves. 1990. The Bottlenose Dolphin. Academic Press, CA.

Leatherwood, S., R.R. Reeves, and L. Foster. 1983. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. Sierra Club Books, CA.

Mann, J., R. Connor, P.L. Tyack, and H. Whitehead. 2000. Cetacean Societies: Field studies of Whales and Dolphins. University of Chicago Press, IL.

Norris, K.S. 1974. The Porpoise Watcher. W.W. Norton and Co., NY.

Norris, K.S., B. Würsig, R.S. Wells, and M. Würsig. 1994. The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin. University of California Press, CA.

Payne, R. 1995. Among whales. Dell Publishing, NY.

Perrin, W.F., B. Würsig, and J.G.M. Thewissen. 2002. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, UK.

Pryor, K., and K.S. Norris. 1991. Dolphin Societies: Discoveries and Puzzles. University of California Press, CA.

Reeves, R.R., B.S. Stewart, and S. Leatherwood. 1992. The Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians. Sierra Club Books, CA.

Reynolds III, J.E., and S.A. Rommel. 1999. Biology of Marine Mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press, UK.

Reynolds III, J.E., W.F. Perrin, R.R. Reeves, S. Montgomery, and T.J. Ragen, Eds.2005. Marine Mammal Research: Conservation beyond Crisis. The John Hopkins University Press, MD.

Richardson, W.J., C.R. Greene Jr., C.I. Malme, and D.H. Thomson. 1995. Marine Mammals and Noise. Academic Press, CA.

Riedmann, M. 1990. The Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses. University of California Press, CA.

Ridgway, S.H., and R. Harrison. 1994. Handbook of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, CA.

Twiss, J.R. Jr., and R.R. Reeves. 1999. Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press, UK.

Whitehead, H. 2003. Social Evolution in the Oceans. University of Chicago Press, IL.

 

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