R. M. Samelson is a Professor of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He received a B.S. in Physics from Stanford University, California and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University. He was the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and has served as editor of the Journal of Physical Oceanography and on numerous scientific program and review committees. He has authored or co-authored more than seventy-five peer-reviewed scientific publications on topics in physical oceanography, atmospheric science and geophysical fluid dynamics, as well as a book on Lagrangian motion in geophysical flows and several book chapters on various aspects of physical oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics. This book is based on lecture notes that he has developed over the past decade for a graduate course in large-scale ocean circulation theory at Oregon State University.
A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)
Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.
We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.