Ocean Bibliography


California Academy of Sciences Library


Bridge Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center


Best websites and resources for teachers on marine biology and oceanography. Includes information on  deep sea exploration and a variety of ocean research.   Teachers can check on scientists and their research in the spotlight section.


Kelp Forest and Rocky Subtidal Habitats


Information about Monterey Bay kelp forest distribution, ecology and marine life, and human use and impact. Lists other resources on the kelp forest.


International Year of the Ocean


Provides information on saving the ocean. Links to related subjects, federal law, etc.


Marine and Environmental Education and Research


Provides websites of journals, newsletters, articles, and other resources on fish, seas, and oceans.  Also links to college courses online.


Marine Geology and Geophysics


Current research and information on El Nino, oceanography, etc., and links to related issues.


National Estuary Program


Profiles of  a number of estuaries in the United States with map links and endangered species information. 




Articles include weather, oceans, etc. Lists related websites.




Links to a glossary, ocean facts, career information, and more.




“OceanPortal is a high-level directory of Ocean Data and Information related web sites.”


Ocean Planet, Smithsonian


A virtual tour of the Ocean Planet exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History.


Ocean Voice International


Information about their projects, and general information on the ocean.


Oceanic Information Center


Resources on oceanographic experiments, research projects, databases, etc.


Physical Oceanography from Space


Information links on oceanography, including satellites.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library


Links to journals, databases and other resources dealing with oceanography.


Tsunami Research Program


Focuses on an integrated approach to improving tsunami warning and mitigation. Provides links to research and development activities.


Further Information at the Academy

Aquarium Bibliography



Coral Reef Bibliography



Gray Whale Bibliography



Marine Mammals Bibliography



Ocean Paleontology



Sharks Bibliography



Sharks for Kids Bibliography



Venomous Seaslugs & Nudibranch Bibliography


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Aquatic Habitat Assessment: Common Methods. Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society, c1999. Biodiv. QH541.5 .F7 A66 1999.


Abbott, Isabella A. and George J. Hollenberg.  Marine Algae of California. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1976. REF Wild California & Bot QK571.5 .C2 M37 1976.


Behrens, David, W. Pacific Coast Nudibranchs: A Guide to the Opisthobranchs, Alaska to Baja California. Monterey, CA: Sea Challengers, 1991. Main REF & IZ&G QL430.4 .B435 1991.


Bivalvia I. Ann Arbor, MI: Society for Experimental and Descriptive Malacology, 1998. IZ&G QL403 .B58 1998.


Brusca, Gary J. A Naturalist’s Seashore Guide: Common Marine Life of the Northern California Coast and Adjacent Shores. Eureka, CA: Mad River Press, 1979.  REF Wild California QH91.5 .B75 1978.


Brusca, Richard C. Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California. Tuscon, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1980. IZ&G Wet Lab QL225 .B78 1980.


California Coastal Commission. California Coastal Access Guide. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991. REF Wild California F859.3 .C25 1997.


Carefoot, Thomas. Pacific Seashores: A Guide to Intertidal Ecology.  Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1977. REF Wild California & SA QH95.3 C37 1977.


Coan, Eugene V. Bivalve Seashells of Western North America: Marine Bivalve Mollusks from Arctic Alaska to Baja California. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, c2000. Ichthy QL430.6 .C628 2000.


Collection Building in Ichthyology and Herpetology. Lawrence, KS: American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1997. Ichthy QL618.15 .C65 1997.


Conner, Judith and Charles Baxter. Kelp Forests. Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, l989. Pub & REF Wild California QH541.5 .K4 C66 1989.


Conner, Judith.  Seashore Life on Rocky Coasts. Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, 1993. REF Wild California QL122.2 .C655 1993.


Cox, Geoffrey. Sharks and Rays of New Zealand. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 1997. Ichthy QL638.6 .C69 1997.


DeLoach, Ned. Reef Fish Behavior: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Jacksonville, FL: New World Publications, c1999. Ichthy QL620.45 .D44 1999.


Earle, Sylvia Alice. Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1996. Pub GC21 .E27 1996.


Emerging Issues in National Ocean and Coastal Policy. Newark, DE: Center for the Study of Marine Policy, University of Delaware, 1999. Main GC1018 .E44 1998.


Environmental Applications of Marine Biotechnology.  San Diego, CA: University of California, 1995. Main TP248.27.M37 T43 1995.


Eschmeyer, William N. and Earl S. Herald. A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes of North America: From the Gulf of Alaska to Baja. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1983. Pub, Main REF, Ichthy, & SA QL623.4 .E83 1983.


Fautin, Daphne G. Anemone Fishes and their Host Sea Anemones: A Guide for Aquarists and Divers. Perth: Western Australian Museum, 1997. Ichthy QL638 .P77 F38 1997.


Favorite, F. Oceanography of the Northeastern Pacific Ocean and Eastern Bering Sea, and Relations to Various Living Marine Resources.  Seattle, WA: National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Center, 1977. Main GC856 .F38 l977.


Ferguson, Ava and Gregor Calliet.  Sharks and Rays of the Pacific Coast.  Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1990. Pub QL638.9 .F47 1990.


Fitch, John E. Tidepool and Nearshore Fishes of California.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1975. Pub & Ichthy QL628 .C2 F53 1975.


Foster, Michael S. The Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests in California: A Community Profile. [Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1985. Main Serials QH54 0 .U56 85:7:2 & REF Wild California QH541.5 .K4 E26 1985.


Gordon, David G. A Natural History of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium, c1999. REF. Wild Calif. QH91.75.U6 N38 1999.


Gubby, Susan. Marine Protected Areas: Principles and Techniques for Management. London: Chapman and Hall, 1995. Biodiv REF QH91.75 .A1 M37 1995.


Haley, Delphine.  Marine Mammals of Eastern North Pacific and Arctic Waters.  Seattle, WA: Pacific Search Press, 1978. REF Wild California & M&O QL713 .M37 1986.


Hedgepeth, Joel. Introduction to the Seashore Life of the San Francisco Bay Region and the Coast of Northern California.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1962. Pub, REF Wild California, IZ&G  QH95.7 .H43 1962.


Hinton, Sam.  Seashore Life of Southern California.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1987. Pub QH95.7 .H557 1987.


Humann, Paul. Coastal Fish Identification: California to Alaska. Jacksonville, FL: New World Publications, 1996. Ichthy QL623.4 .H85 1996.


Improving California's System of Marine Managed Area. Sacramento, CA: Ocean Resources Management Program, Resources Agency of California, 2000. Biodiv. REF. QH91.75.U6 C35 2000.


Johnson, Myrtle Elizabeth and Harry James Snook. Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast. New York: Dover Publications, 1967. REF Wild California QL138 . J6 1967.


Knox, G.A. The Biology of the Southern Ocean. New York: Cambridge University Press, l994. Main QH95.58 .K58 1994.


Kozloff, Eugene N. Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast: An Illustrated Guide to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1983. REF Wild California, IZ&G, & SA QH104.5 .N6 K7 1983.


Kramer, Donald E. Guide to Northeast Pacific Flatfishes. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Sea Grant College Program, 1995.  REF Wild California, SA, & IZ&G  QL637.9 .P5 G84 1995.


Light, Sol Felty. Intertidal Invertebrates of the Central California Coast.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1954. Biodiv REF, Ichthy, & SA QL623.4 .L68 1991.


The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1998- Ichthy QH198 .A1 L58 1998 vols.1-4.


Love, Robin Milton. Probably More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast. Santa Barbara, CA: Really Big Press, 1991. Biodiv REF, Main REF, SA, & Ichthy QL6233.4 .L68 1991.


MacRae-Campbell, Linda, Micki McKisson, and Bruce Campbell. The Ocean Crisis. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press, 1990. Biodiv REF GE70 .M27 1990.


McPeak, Ronald H. The Amber Forest: Beauty and Biology of California’s Submarine Forests.  San Diego, CA: Watersport Pub. 1988. REF Wild California QK569 .L53 M36 1988.


Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997 Biodiv. QH91.57 .A1 M3 1997.


The Marine Biology of the South China Sea III. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, c1998. IZ&G QH95.22 .I58 1996.


Marine Cyanobacteria. Monaco: Musee oceanographique, 1999. Main QR99.63 .M37 1999.


Marine Mammals, Seabirds, and Pollution of Marine Systems. Liege, Belgium: Societe royale des sciences, 1997. Main QR99.63 .M37 1999.


Marine Life of the North Atlantic: Canada to New England. Camden, ME: Down East Books, c1999. IZ&G QH104.5 .N4 M28 1999.


Morris, Robert. Intertidal Invertebrates of California. Stanford, CA:  Stanford University Press, 1980. REF Wild California & IZ&G QL164 .M67 1980.


Moyle, Peter B. Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, c2000. Ichthy QL615 .M64 2000.


Murphy, James M. Physical Oceanographic Observations in the Central Subarctic North Pacific Ocean. Seattle: Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, l997. Main GC852 .M87 1997.


Niesen, Thomas M. Beachcomber’s Guide to California Marine Life.  Houston, TX: Gulf Pub. Co., 1994. REF Wild California QH105 .C2 N54 1994.


North, Wheeler J. Underwater California.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1976. Pub & REF Wild California QH105 .C2 N67 1976.


Priorities in Aquatic Resources Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Makati City,  Manila, Philippines: International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, 1999. Main SH332 .P756 1999.


Randall, John E. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst, NSW, Australia: Crawford House, 1997. Ichthy QL636 .R36 1997a.


Rigg, George Burton. Intertidal Plant and Animal Zonation in the Vicinity of Neah Bay, WA. San Francisco, CA: 1949. Bot QK938 .M3 F56 1976.


Ruckdeschel, C. Sea Turtles of the Georgia Coast. St. Marys, GA: Cumberland Island Museum, 2000. Herp QL666 .C536 R82 2000.


The Ocean Book. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1989. Biodiv REF GC21.5 O28 1989 & M&O GC1085 .M3746 1997.


Smith, Gilbert. Marine Algae of the Monterey Peninsula, Calilfornia.  Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1944. Main REF QK571.5 .C2 S6.


Status of Coral Reefs in the Pacific. Manoa, Hawaii: University of Hawaii, cl997. Biodiv. QL377 .C5 S73 1997.


Stewart, Joan C. Marine Algae and Seagrasses of San Diego County. La Jolla, CA  University of California, 1991. Bot QK571.5 .C2 S73 1991.


Sumich, James L.  Laboratory and Field Investigations in Marine Life. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown, 1996. Pub & Main QH91.55 S85 1996.


Svarney, Thomas E. The Handy Ocean Answer Book. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, c2000. Biodiv. REF. GC28 .S88 2000.


Tieger, Margaret. Tidepool Tank Handbook.  San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences, 1982. REF CAS Pubs & SA Q11 .C362 1982.


Towards Policies for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Aquatic Genetic Resources. Makati City, Philippines: International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, 1999. Main SH151 .T693 1999.


Valiela, Ivan.  Marine Ecological Processes.  New York, NY: Springer, 1995. Main QH541.5 .S3 V34 1995.


Wooster, Warren S. and David L. Fluharty, editors. El Niño North: Niño Effects in the Eastern Subarctic Pacific Ocean. Seattle: Sea Grant Program, University of Washington, 1985 Main REF QH95.1 .E4 1985.

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Baker, Lucy. Los Océanos. Madrid: Ediciones SM, c1990. Biodiv Juv QH541.5 .S3 B3418 1990.


Bowden, Joan Chase. Why the Tides Ebb and Flow. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. Pub Juv PZ8.1 .B665 Wh 1979.


Chinery, Michael. Ocean Animals. New York: Random House, 1992. Pub Juv & Biodiv Juv QL122.2 .C55 1992.


Ganeri, Anita. The Oceans Atlas. London; New York: Dorling Kindersley, c1994. Pub Juv GC21.5 .G35 1994.


Hirschi, Ron. Ocean. New York: Bantam Books, 1991. Biodiv Juv QL122.2 .H57 1991.


Jaspersohn, William. A Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, c1982. Pub Juv QH91.45 .J37 1982.


Kempton, Kate. The World Beyond the Waves: An Environmental Adventure. Santa Monica, CA: Portunus Publishing, c1995. Biodiv Juv PZ7 .K295 Wor 1995.


Markle, Sandra. Pioneering Ocean Depths. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1995. Pub Juv GC65 .M34 1995.


Marshak, Suzanna. I am the Ocean. New York: Arcade Pub., c1991. Pub Juv GC21.5 .M373 1991.


McFarlane, Sheryl and Ken Campbell. The Tides of Change. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1995. Biodiv Juv QL696 .F32 M54 1995.


Melander-Magoon, Karen. Reefs. Middletown, CA: K. Melander-Magoon, c1996. Biodiv Juv QH541.5 .C7 M44 1996.


Palazzo-Craig, Janet. Cómo son los Habitantes del Mar. México, D.F.: Sistemas Técnicos de Edición, c1987. Biodiv Juv QH91.16 .P3418 1987.


Palmer, Joy. Oceans. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c1993. Pub Juv GC21.5 .P35 1993.


Simon, Seymour. How to be an Ocean Scientist in Your Own Home. NewYork: J.B. Lippincott, c1988. Pub Juv GC21.5 .S56 1988.


Simon, Seymour. Oceans. Morrow Junior Books, l990. Pub Juv GC21.5 .S58 1990.


Sis, Peter. An Ocean World. New York: Greenwillow Books, c1992. Pub Juv PZ7 .S6219 Oc 1992.


Steele, Philip. Sharks and Other Monsters of the Deep. New York, NY: DK Pub., c1998. Pub Juv QL122.5 .S78 1998.


Taylor, L. R. Creeps from the Deep. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, c1997. Pub Juv & Biodiv Juv QH91.16 .T38 1997.

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The Amazing Coral Reef. Ben Lomond, CA: Video Project, 1996. (20 min.) Biodiv QH541.5 .C7 A43 1996.


Amazing Seashore Animals. New York, NY:DK Vision, 1997. (30 min.) Pub QL122.2 .A42 1997.


Coral Reefs: Their Health, Our Wealth. Mangilao, Guam: University of Guam, Marine Laboratory 1996. (24 min.) Biodiv QH541.5 .C7 C677 1996.


Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Sea. Ben Lomond, CA: The Video Project, 1996. (20 min.) Biodiv QH541.5 .C7 C67 1996.


Hunt for the Great White Shark. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 1995. (55 min.) Public QL638.95 .L3 H86 1995.


Incredible Suckers. New York: Thirteen/WNET 1995. (60 min) Public QL430.2 .I52 1995.


Jellies and Other Ocean Drifters. Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, 1996. (35 min.) Pub QL377 .S4 J45 1996.


Kingdom of the Seahorse. South Burlington,VT: WGBH Boston Video, 1997 (60 min) Pub QL638. S9 K56 1997.


Magnificent Fish, the Forgotten Giants. Boston, MA:The Aquarium; Ben Lomond, CA : distributed by The Video Project, 1997. (15 min.) Biodiv QL638.9 .M355 1997.


Ocean. New York, NY: DK Vision,1997. (35 min.) Pub GC21 .O22 1997.


Ocean Symphony. Universal City, CA: MCA Home Video, 1987. (47 min.) Biodiv QH91 .O34 1987.


Oceanography with Dr. Sylvia Earle. San Ramon, CA: Pangea Digital Pictures, 1995. (50) Pub QH 541.5 .S3 O34 1995.


Parks in the Sea: California’s Underwater State Parks. Sacramento: California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1988. (28 min.) Biodiv SB482 .C2 P38 1988.


Secrets of the Ocean Realm. Alexandria, VA. PBS Home Video, 1997. [5 videocassettes](50 min each) Pub GC11.2 .S42 1997.


Stripmining the Seas: The Rise of Driftnetting in the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu: Earthtrust, 1989. (22 min.) Biodiv SH344.6 .G5 S76 1989.


Trashing the Oceans. Capitol Height, MD: National Audiovisual Center, 1988. (8 min.) Biodiv QH90.8 .P8 T73 1988.


Wild California. Monterey, CA: Sea Studios, 1989. (40 min.) Biodiv QH105 .C2 W54 1989.


The Worlds Below. Monterey, CA: Sea Studios, 1990. (60 min.) Biodiv QH 541.5 .S3 W67 1988.


Yellowlegs, Eelgrass and Tideflats. Olympia, WA: Washington State Dept. Of Ecology, Wetlands Section, 1987. (29 min.) Biodiv QH105 .W2 Y45 1987.

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Armstrong, Pam, ed. Sea Searcher’s Handbook: Activities from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1996. Biodiv QH541.5.S3 S33 1996.


Baron, Nancy Elizabeth and Adrienne Mason. Our Oceans, Ourselves: Marine Biodiversity for Educators. Hull, Quebec: Biodiversity Convention Office, [1995]. Pub, Biodiv, & Biodiv REF QH91.8 .B6 B37 1995.


Brown, Ruth. Coral Forest Teacher's Guide.  San Francisco:  Coral Forest c1996. Biodiv. QH541.5.C7 C66 1996.


Coral Reefs [transparencies]. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1998. Biodiv. QH541.5.C7 C668 1998.


The Ocean Book: Aquarium and Seaside Activities and Ideas for All Ages. New York: Wiley, c1989. Biodiv GC21.5 .O28 1989.


Sterling, Mary Ellen. Oceans. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials, 1990. Pub Juv GC31.3 .S73 1990.


Turning the Tide on Trash: A Learning Guide on Marine Debris. [Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, [1992]. Biodiv REF TD427 .M35 T87 1992.

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