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The Curious Life of Krill: A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the World

Stephen Nicol



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Island Press
15 May 2018
Mathematics & Sciences; Marine biology; Crustaceans; Conservation of wildlife & habitats
An eminent krill scientist takes us on a journey through the dark, icy world of krill.

Krill. It's a familiar word that conjures oceans, whales, and swimming crustaceans. Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But few can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Eminent krill scientist Stephen Nicol wants us to know more about these enigmatic creatures and how we can protect them as Antarctic ice melts. This engaging account takes us to the Southern Ocean to learn firsthand the difficulties and rewards of studying krill in their habitat. From his early education about the sex lives of krill in the Bay of Fundy to a krill tattoo gone awry, Nicol uses humor and personal stories to bring the biology and beauty of krill to life.
By:   Stephen Nicol
Imprint:   Island Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   3rd None ed.
ISBN:   9781610918534
ISBN 10:   1610918533
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Stephen Nicol, one of the world's foremost experts on krill, has spent decades as an Antarctic krill research scientist and program leader for the Australian government. He is an adjunct professor in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, in Hobart, and is the recipient of the Australian Antarctic Medal for outstanding contributions to Antarctic research.

Reviews for The Curious Life of Krill: A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the World

An essential reflection on an essential set of creatures. With wit and hard-earned wisdom, Stephen Nicol reveals how krill drive the ecosystems at the bottom of the world and how, in an era of profound climate change, they require our most careful attention. --Paul Greenberg, Correspondent for Frontline's The Fish on My Plate, and author of Four Fish and American Catch Krill expert Stephen Nicol transports us to the world of one of the ocean's most important, least-understood creatures. A krill is indeed curious: its ability to shrink when short of food, its intricate relationship with Antarctic sea ice, and its critical role in great-whale ecosystems. Read this book and you will understand our human relationship with krill, and feel that you have swum with it through Antarctic seas. --David Agnew, Director of Science, Marine Stewardship Council The book is an ode to Antarctic krill... [Its] conversational...style makes you feel as if you're part of an engaging dinnertime conversation. --Science News Fascinating...Nicol's book deftly explains [krill's] life history and critical place in marine ecosystems. --Hakai Magazine newsletter The Curious Life of Krill offers a newfound appreciation for the complex ecology of a species we have much to learn from, and many reasons to protect. An exceptional and impressively informative study...unreservedly recommended. --Midwest Book Review The Curious Life of Krill takes the reader deep into the Southern Ocean...Nicol writes passionately about [krill] biology, exploitation, and management. --Nature Marine scientist Nicol's passion for krill...certainly comes across...those seeking a very accessible entry point to marine biology and conservation will find it here. --Publishers Weekly

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