This landmark scientific reference for scientists, researchers, and students of marine biology tackles the monumental task of taking a complete biodiversity inventory of the Gulf of Mexico with full biotic and biogeographic information. Presenting a comprehensive summary of knowledge of Gulf biota through 2004, the book includes seventy-seven chapters, which list more than fifteen thousand species in thirty-eight phyla or divisions and were written by 138 authors from seventy-one institutions in fourteen countries.
This first volume of Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, a multivolumed set edited by John W. Tunnell Jr., Darryl L. Felder, and Sylvia A. Earle, provides information on each species' habitat, biology, and geographic range, along with full references and a narrative introduction to the group, which opens each chapter.
DARRYL L. FELDER is professor of biology and head of the laboratory for crustacean research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. DAVID K. CAMP, a former research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is now a consulting biologist and freelance science editor in Seminole, Florida. Both Felder and Camp are associates at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
What Readers Are Saying:
"This volume will become THE BIBLE for biota of the Gulf of Mexico for the next decade or two, and will be heavily used until another version is attempted, if ever. Felder, Camp, and Tunnell all richly deserve the accolades they will receive." --Thomas C. Shirley, Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science for the Harte Research Institute
"the first in a multivolume set, will be of great use to specialists who conduct environmental reseach in the Gulf of Mexico." -- S.R. Fegely, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"The editing of the volume and quality of graphics are consistently good. Overall, this exhaustive effort will be of critical importance to a specic and limited audience........... Highly Recommended." -- S.R. Fegely, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
". . . a landmark publication on the biodiversity of a body of water that is not only of regional but also of international importance ..." --Frank Truesdale
“. . . a landmark publication on the biodiversity of a body of water that is not only of regional but of international importance. Very seldom does one volume include the expertise of so many world renowned taxonomists and systematists and particularly experts from Mexico and Cuba, countries who also share with the U.S. interest in the sustainability of the Gulf. . . . Again, I believe the Biodiversity volume, will not only serve as a catalog of the biota of the Gulf in the early 21st Century, but as a portal through which beginning taxonomists and ecologists interested in the Gulf will find basic references for the various groups.” --Frank M. Truesdale
“This volume will become THE BIBLE for biota of the Gulf of Mexico for the next decade or two, and will be heavily used until another version is attempted, if ever. Felder, Camp and Tunnell all richly deserve the accolades they will receive.” --Thomas C. Shirley, Professor, Texas A&M University
"...a distinctive scientific reference that provides a complete biodiversity inventory of the Gulf of Mexico...After four years of preparation, in collaboration with 140 international contributors representing 80 institutions in 15 countries, this work is the first complete all-taxa record of what is known about the Gulf of Mexico biota through the year 2004...groundbreaking work...unprecedented compilation...color illustrations offer additional clarity and precision, which significantly aid the reader in the identification of specifically selected species. This textbook will serve as an invaluable resource for a wide audience interested in marine biology...Although there is a vast amount of information presented, it is well-organized, concise, and easily navigated.”—Nicole O’Donnell, Aquatic Mammals