Marine Biology, Oceanography and Maritime Science

I am a biologist by training and became a sailor mostly because I studied near the Great Lakes. In combination, these two passions lead to an integrative understanding of recreation and creation: sailing gains a new perspective if you learn about the environment in which you sail.

Learning about the oceans, marine ecosystems and the natural history of the planet's seas offers a great opportunity to experience an aspect of sailing you might neglect otherwise.

I collected the following links in an attempt to guide you to resources that will tell you more about a topic only indirectly related to sailing or cruising - but crucial for enjoying it! Have fun and let me know if there are good links you would like to have included.

Marine Biology & Oceanography
Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography
Oceanlink - all about the ocean
NOOA's image library
National Geographic's Crittercam
Divernet - Marine Life features section
National Geographic Photography by David Doubilet
Marine Conservation Biology Institute
The Society for Marine Mammology
Marine Sciences Portal for the North Atlantic and Mediterranean
UNESCO Ocean Portal
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Australian Institute of Marine Science
University of South Florida - Project Oceanography
National SeaGrant directory
At Sea - Ocean Science Adventures
United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
The Coral Reef Conservation Program
A Global Information System on Coral Reefs
Underwater Times - on life in and around water
CoralReals - Reef Fish, Sharks, Rays and Invertebrates
Cold Spring Harbour Laboratories in New York
United States Commission on Ocean Policy
Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole
Information on Biogeosciences
Information on ocean management

Aquariums and Natural History Museums
London Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
The Shark School at San Diego Museum of Natural History
The London Aqarium
References to Aquariums on Zooweb
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Fields Museum in Chicago
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Audubon Institute - Aquarium of the Americas
Smithsonian - National Museum of Natural History
Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France
Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Marine Sciences and Oceanography Directories and Databases
United Nations Coral Reef Links
The Tree of Life Project
WikiSpecies - The open species directory
FishBase - everything you ever wanted to know about fish
LarvalBase - Marine larvae and plankton
Another guide to Ocean links
Guide to Oceanography and Marine Geography websites
A guide to Oceanography websites
NOOA's Coral Reef Information System


Further Reading

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Maritime Museums in the US, Great Britain and other countries

Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology