Ecology and Natural History. Page Three


  • Field Guide to New Zealand Seashore
  • Field Guide to Wild New Zealand
  • Native Animals of New Zealand
  • No Place to Hide
  • Tide
  • Other Minds
  • Jellyfish
  • Blowfish's Oceanopedia
  • Seashore Ecology of New Zealand & The Pacific
  • What a Fish Knows
  • Spirals in Time
  • Smithsonian Handbook Shells
  • Photographic Guide to the Seashells of New Zealand
  • The Catch
  • Hunting the Hunters
  • A Farewell to Ice
  • Ascension. The Story of a South Atlantic Island
  • Galapagos - A Natural History Guide
  • Galapagos of the Antarctic
  • Galapagos
  • Herring Tales
  • Southern Surveyor
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    By Sally Carson & Rod Morris. Softback, 155mm x 215mm, 416 pages, Published 2017.Colour Photographs. 0.79kg.
    Fully revised and updated, this is the ultimate guide to the New Zealand seashore.

    Packed with information on endemic and introduced species, including anemones, sea stars, crabs, barnacles, paua, mussels, clams, oysters - this is New Zealand's most comprehensive and up to date guide to our unique and fascinating seashore.

    Designed as a companion for seashore excursions, this guide encourages a closer look at the community living between the tides. The in-situ photographs not only assist with identification of species but also highlights behaviours that help these creatures survive, both in and out of the water.

    The essential guide to New Zealand's inter-tidal wilderness - for every bach, boat, glovebox and home library.

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    By Julian Fitter. Softback, 115mm x 190mm, 276 pages, Published 2016.Colour Photographs. 0.44kg.
    A single field guide that covers the main species of New Zealand's plants, birds, insects and animals.

    When author Julian Fitter first visited New Zealand he was amazed at the number of field guides to birds, plants, insects, marine life and to specific locations – alpine, forest, seashore. But for those not wanting to cart around a library-shelf of books there was no single volume that described the major and most interesting species. As author of a field guide to the Galapagos, he set about compiling such a book for New Zealand. The result is a small format, full colour guidebook packed with information on all the species that either are most important or most obvious to those touring the country. Covers birds, insects, reptiles, marine mammals, land mammals, trees and shrubs, vines and epiphytes, herbs, ferns, grasses, mosses and lichens as well as a brief survey of New Zealand’s varied habitats and geological history, including major geothermal areas.

    Over 600 species, (with 700 photographs) are described in detail, with accompanying information on habitat and a full colour photograph, and organised in such as way as to make identification as easy as possible.

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    By A W Powell. Ed B J Gill. Softback, 180mm x 240mm, 94 pages, 4th edition . First Published 1947. Line drawings. 0.33kg.
    A New Zealand classic which has been in print since 1947 – this new edition has up-to-date text with Maori names, 2-colour printing throughout and improved quality of illustrations due to digital scanning. The text has been updated by Brian Gill, from the Auckland Museum, and all native animals are covered – from tape worms to sperm whales!

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    By Jim Flynn. Softback, 160mm x 235mm, 104 pages, Published 2016. 0.17kg.
    Millions of educated people all over the world feel powerless in the face of climate change and its consequences, partially because the literature on the environment is so vast it is difficult to know where to begin. This short book is intended to make their search for truth manageable It allows the reader to isolate the crucial issues and form his or her own opinion, and while it addresses a world audience it has a special reference to New Zealand. Its strongest claim is that there are really two kinds of sceptics we must rebut: not just climate change deniers but also climate engineering deniers. The latter acknowledge the problem of climate change but argue that politicians will never accept large-scale engineering intervention in Earth's climatic system. In No Place to Hide, Professor Flynn argues, however, that we must face the fact that climate engineering is necessary to buy the time to achieve carbon-free energy, and unless this is implemented soon, we will pass a point of no return. We need proposals that governments around the world can accept without committing political suicide.

    No Place to Hide is a short, but enormously important book, which will give the reader the information they need to make a difference

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    TIDE. The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth
    By Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Paperback, 0.38 kgs, 129mm x 198mm, 426 pages, Published 2017.
    Half of the world's population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. We live surrounded by water and love to be beside the seaside. But it rises and falls according to rules that to almost all of us are a mystery.
    To fully grasp the influence of the tide, we must bring together centuries of science but also the literary history and folklore it has inspired: mistaken by Caesar, captured in the art of Turner and now puzzled over by the world's leading researchers.

    With Hugh Aldersey-Williams as our guide, chasing the most feared and celebrated tides around the world, from the original maelstrom in Scandinavia and today's danger-zone in Venice to the 15-metre beasts in Canada, for the first time its effects on our civilization become startlingly clear.

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    OTHER MINDS. The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life
    By Peter Godfrey-Smith. Paperback, 0.36 kgs, 150mm x 235mm, 255 pages, Colour Photographs Published 2017.
    Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared.

    Tracking the mind’s fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take.

    But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually think for themselves’? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind and on our own.

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    By Lisa-Ann Gershwin. Hardback, 215mm x 248mm, 224 pages, colour Photographs. Published 2016. 1.07kg.
    Jellyfish are mysterious creatures, luminously beautiful with remarkably varied life cycles. These simple, ancient animals are found in every ocean at every depth, and have lived on Earth for at least the last 500 million years. Ominously, they are also increasing in number as they adapt well to marine environmental degradation. Jellyfish is a timely title that looks at their anatomy, life history, taxonomy and ecology, and includes species profiles featuring stunning marine photography that will have you scanning the depths with renewed interest.

    Lisa-ann Gershwin (Tasmania, AUS) is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution. She has discovered over 190 new jellyfish species, as well as a new species of dolphin.

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    By Tom ' The Blowfish' Hird. Hardback, 160mm x 215mm, 292 pages, colour Photographs. Published 2017. 0.54kg.

    A fascinating and fun-filled book of extraordinary facts about the oceans, seas and waterways of our world.

    The seas of our planet cover more than seventy percent of the Earth, but still remain shrouded in mystery. We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the lifeforms that have existed in the Earth's oceans since long before humans became explorers of the deep.

    One such explorer is 'Blowfish', a marine biologist. In this entertaining and enlightening new book, he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts to reveal what lurks beneath the waves. From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell' stalking the lightless depths, Blowfish takes us on an astonishing journey as he follows the tides and currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.

    For the simply curious and the budding scientist alike, Blowfish's Oceanopaedia is a one-stop guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them.

    About the Author : Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird is a heavy-metal-loving marine biologist, who know almost everything there is to know about the World's ocean ecosystems. He is an ardent marine conservationist, a PADI Divemaster and BASC Dive Leader with over 18 years scuba diving experience.

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    By John Morton. Hardback, 2.35kgs. 225mm x 290mm, 504 pages, Colour Photographs, Drawings, Plans and Graphs. Published 2004.
    With nearly 500 pages and over 300 diagrams and illustrations, this definitive guide from one of New Zealand's most respected scientists, Professor John Morton, is the culmination of a life's work. Professor Morton and Dr Bruce Hayward (scientific editor) have documented and described in detail New Zealand's sea shore, and extended this commentary to cover major coastal environments in the Pacific including East Australia, Pacific Asia and Pacific America.

    This book is destined to become a classic of New Zealand science and to be taken up as a vital text for all undergraduate study in this subject.

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    WHAT A FISH KNOWS. The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins
    By Jonathon Balcombe. Paperback, 0.34kgs. 135mm x 215mm, 288 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2016.

    There are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. In What a Fish Knows, ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal what fishes can do, how they do it, and why

    Introducing the latest revelations in animal behaviour and biology, Balcombe upends our assumptions about fish, exposing them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed creatures but as sentient, aware, social—even Machiavellian. They conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoal-mates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, punish wrongdoers, curry favour, and deceive one another. Fish possess sophisticated senses that rival our own. The reef-dwelling damselfish identifies its brethren by face patterns visible only in ultraviolet light, and some species communicate among themselves in murky waters using electric signals. Highlighting these breakthrough discoveries and others from his own encounters with fish, Balcombe inspires a more enlightened appraisal of marine life.

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    SPIRALS IN TIME. The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells
    By Helen Scales. Paperback, 0.27kgs. 128mm x 198mm, 304 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2015.
    Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet, and they have fascinating tales to tell. Spirals in Time charts the course of shells through history, from the first jewellery and the oldest currencies through to their use as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food.
    In this book, Helen Scales, leads us on a journey into the realm of these undersea marvels. She goes in search of everything from snails that ‘fly’ underwater to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with beards.
    Shells are also bellwethers of our impact on the natural world. The effects of overfishing and pollution are, of course, serious concerns, but perhaps more worrying is ocean acidification, which causes shells to simply melt away. Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

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    By S. Peter Dance. Flexi cover, 150mm x 215mm, 255 pages, colour illustrations.
    Published by Dorling Kindersley in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution.
    Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Shells the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to seashells of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-colour photographs of over 500 species of seashells, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the complex process of identification.
    Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight each shell's characteristics and distinguishing features. A distribution map, showing the geographical range of the species, as well as colour-coded bands provide at-a-glance key facts.
    Packed with detailed information on the shape of each genus, differences between the major classes and more, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Shells is the clearest identification guide to seashells for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.

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    By Margaret S. Morley. Paperback, 95mm x 190mm, 142 pages, colour photographs.
    This photographic guide to seashells of New Zealand is a compact little book with colour photographs illustrating 165 species.
    It is the ideal pocket-size travelling companion with authoritative text describing key identification features.
    Margaret Morley is a Research Associate and volunteer at Auckland Museum who has collected, studied and documented seashells for many years.
    Ian Anderson, who took the photos for this book, is an experienced underwater photographer.

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    By Michael Field. Paperback, 0.32kg, 145mm x 215mm, 241 pages, full colour photos. Published 2014.
    A searing exposé of slavery and over-fishing on the high seas

    On November 9, 2008, near Kiribati in the Pacific, a Korean ship came alongside Tai Ching 21. The Taiwan-flagged fishing boat was eerily silent. Three life rafts were missing, and all 29 of the Taiwanese officers and Chinese, Indonesian and Filipino crew. A quest to discover the men's identities led journalist Michael Field into a dark world of foreign-flagged vessels fishing the waters of New Zealand, other Pacific nations, and the Southern Ocean. He uncovered brutality, misery and death – and impending ecological disaster: the destruction of the last great southern schools of fish. With researchers from University of Auckland, he forced the New Zealand government to take action – but with huge money at stake the plunder and appalling working conditions continue. And more and more boats are now risking lives and maritime disaster heading south to catch toothfish, most destined for New York restaurants and Las Vegas casino hotels.

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    By Laurens de Groot. Paperback. 230 pages, 150mm x 230mm.
    At war with the Whalers.

    The Southern Ocean Whale sanctuary, Antactica - 50 million square kilometres where commercial whaling is banned under International Law. Yet Japan's whaling fleet hunts and kills over 800 whales in this sanctuary every year - for 'scientific research', but, in truth, to supply their lucrative whale meat markets. While the World looks the other way, there is one group trying to stop the clock as it ticks down to extinction: Sea Shepherd.

    At turns insightful and heartbreaking, Hunting the Hunters is an action packed and timely account of one man's extraordinary story. as well as an ongoing crusade against a powerful nation determined to get its way, no matter what cost.

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    By Peter Wadhams. Paperback, 0.22kg, 128mm x 198mm, 240pages. Published 2017.
    Ice is beautiful and complex. It regulates our planet's temperature. And it is vanishing - fast. Peter Wadhams, the world's leading expert on sea ice, draws on his lifetime's research in the Arctic region to illuminate what is happening, what it means for the future, and what can be done.

    Ice exists near absolute zero, the lowest temperature theoretically possible. Recent research suggests it may have entirely covered the Earth three times, making “snowball Earths”. Ice coats space dust, giving stars their twinkle. Life may have originated in that shining dust, according to the astronomer Fred Hoyle. Polar ice functions as Earth’s air- and water-conditioning system, and our thermostat.

    “Our planet has changed colour. Today, from space, the top of the world in the northern summer looks blue instead of white. We have created an ocean where there was once an ice sheet. It is Man’s first major achievement in reshaping the face of his planet,” Wadhams writes. "Polar ice is thinning and retreating with unprecedented speed. All our ingenuity cannot, at present, change that. Because ice only grows in winter but can melt year-round, its growth rate is limited, while melt rate is unlimited"

    This book is more text book than Popular Science, with assumptions that the reader knows more than they do. Nonetheless, this is a really important book from a highly experienced researcher on the Arctic ice and the impact of climate change.

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    By Duff Hart-Davis. Hardback, 0.51kg, 150mm x 225mm, 246 pages. Published 2016.
    The bleak, volcanic island of Ascension, 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena, was described by a Victorian naval officer as ‘one of the strangest places on the face of the earth’. It is still exceedingly odd. Uninhabited when it was taken over by the British in 1815, it was an almost perfect natural vacuum – a triangular heap of lava and ash. When the Royal Marines brought in plants and animals, some flourished, others died. Tropical forest now clothes the peak of Green Mountain, and feral donkeys haunt the plains. As sea birds swarm around the coast, radar stations monitor space from the tops of rust-red cinder cones, and primeval, giant green turtles lumber up the beaches to nest.

    The island’s history is short but extraordinary!

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    By Pierre Constant. Paperback, 0.61kg, 150mm x 211mm, 316 pages with full colour photos and some black and white illustrations. Published 2002.
    Since its creation in 1968, the Galapagos National Park has been considered by UNESCO as one of the jewels of the planet. Long regarded as a mysterious and desolate archipelago, this wildlife paradise is a true showcase of evolution in action. In recent years, the Marine Reserve fulfils the ultimate purpose of the National Park Service - of protection and conservation of the region, following decades of abuse by illegal fishing. Alarming current trends suggest, however, that the Galapagos Islands are in crisis.
    This guide describes the rich human history, the geology and origin of the islands, the "El Nino" phenomenon, the amazing natural history, villages and the visitors' sites, and provides insights into the region's fascinating residents - sea birds, endemic land birds, prehistoric reptiles, playful sea lions and the incomparably enchanting underwater world. The author's skilful photography is a spectacular addition to this new edition.

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    GALAPAGOS OF THE ANTARCTIC. Wild Islands South of New Zealand
    By Rodney Russ & Aleks Terauds. Hardback,257mm x 257mm, 224 pages with full colour and some black and white photos.
    Galapagos of the Antarctic - wild islands south of New Zealand describes the seven oceanic island groups to the south and east of New Zealand. Starting at the Chatham Islands, and moving east to west through the Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Campbell Island, Auckland Islands, The Snares and Macquarie Island, this book takes the reader on a journey through a unique part of the world, a wonderland of wildlife galore, unique geology and rich human history.
    These Islands have long been renowned for the biodiversity of their wildlife, from the fantastic megaherbs that only grow there, to the millions of penguins and petrels that come ashore each year to breed. But it is not only the wildlife that is of interest on these islands. From relatively young volcanic islands, to ancient remnants of the basement rock that made up Gondwana, the geology of these islands is also fascinating. Each island group also has a story to tell in terms of human history. Most were first discovered in the early 1800s and exploited for their natural resources, but today they are treasured more for their intrinsic value as wild and beautiful places.
    With decades of experience between them working and living on these islands, Rodney Russ and Aleks Terauds, motivated by their love of these wild and remote places and a strong desire to promote their conservation, have produced a book that is unique in its breadth and detail. Beautifully illustrated by the photographs of Nathan Russ, Aaron Russ and Aleks Terauds, with stunning artwork by Fiona Stewart, this book captures the essence of these wild and beautiful places. For those that have visited them it will provide a poignant reminder of what they have seen, and for those that haven't been yet, a whole new world to explore.

    This is an absolutely stunning book

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    GALAPAGOS Preserving Darwin's Legacy
    Edited By Tui de Roy. Hardback, 245mm x 298mm, 240 pages, full colour photographs.
    The Galapagos islands are a world flagship of scientific discovery and applied conservation. In the half-century since the establishment of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, rare endemic species have been bred back from the brink of extinction and ecosystem restoration applied to a growing number of islands. Ground-breaking research is casting new light on evolutionary processes while genetic studies are redrawing the map of species arrival and diversification.
    For the first time, this book provides the opportunity for highly respected experts and seasoned scientists to celebrate their findings in a language accessible to all. In candid, first-person essays, they discuss their most outstanding achievements and discoveries, illustrated with 600 spectacular photograhs by the world's most celebrated Galapagos photographer, Tui de Roy. The reader is taken into the deep inner workings of 'hotspot' volcanoes and, through satellite tracking follows the oceanic wanderings of hammerhead sharks and waved albatrosses. We learn of baffling extinctions, are enthralled by the discovery of a vast array of new species, or confront a harsh world of survival adaptations, from murderous competition among fur seal pups and booby chicks to marine iguana famine caused by El Nino. Above all, through these pages we come to appreciate and understand Galapagos - and life - as never before.

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    By Donald S Murray. Paperback. 271 pages, 128mm x 198mm. Black & White, Colour Photographs. Published 2016. 0.22 kg
    How the silver darlings shaped human taste and history..

    In an odyssey around the coastlines of Northern Europe, Donald Murray goes in search of a fish that once fed a continent, body and soul.

    Scots like to smoke or salt them. The Dutch love them raw. Swedes look on with relish as they open bulging, foul-smelling cans to find them curdling within. Jamaicans prefer them with a dash of chilli pepper. Germans and the English enjoy their taste best when accompanied by pickle's bite and brine.

    Throughout the long centuries men have fished around their coastlines and beyond, the herring has done much to shape both human taste and history. Men have co-operated and come into conflict over its shoals, setting out in boats to catch them, straying, too, from their home ports to bring full nets to shore. Women have also often been at the centre of the industry, gutting and salting the catch when the annual harvest had taken place, knitting, too, the garments fishermen wore to protect them from the ocean's chill. Following a journey from the western edge of Norway to the east of England, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the fishing ports of the Baltic coast of Germany and the Netherlands, culminating in a visit to Iceland's Herring Era Museum, Donald S. Murray has stitched together tales of the fish that was of central importance to the lives of our ancestors, noting how both it - and those involved in their capture - were celebrated in the art, literature, craft, music and folklore of life in northern Europe. Blending together politics, science, history, religious and commercial life, Donald contemplates, too, the possibility of restoring the silver darlings of legend to these shores.

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    By Michael Veitch. Paperback. 243 pages, 153mm x 235mm. Colour Photographs. Published 2015. 0.58 kg
    Stories from Onboard Australia's Ocean Research Vessel.

    For ten years, the RV Southern Surveyor represented the vanguard of Australian marine science. On over 100 voyages, this former North Sea fishing trawler with her distinctive blue and white livery carried scientists and technicians across the Southern, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the waters off Northern Australia. She conducted physical, chemical, geological and biological investigations and deployed state-of-the-art instruments to map vast unexplored tracts of the seafloor.

    Over the course of a year, prior to her final voyage, Michael Veitch interviewed the Southern Surveyor's former captains and crew, support staff and scientists. The result is a warm, engaging and sometimes dramatic account of their adventures — finding sunken WWII shipwrecks and swirling coastal vortexes, 'undiscovering' islands and watching pre-dawn fireworks from undersea volcanoes. But these are also stories of discovery which tell the legacy of scientific innovation and impact that Southern Surveyor left in her wake. .

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