Since the first volume of The Biology of Sea Turtles was published in 1997, the field has grown and matured in ways few of the authors would have predicted-particularly in the areas of physiology, behavior, genetics, and health. Volume III presents timely coverage of emerging areas as well as the integration of approaches and information that did not exist even a decade ago. The book assembles the foremost experts in each topic to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive book on sea turtles available today. New areas covered include in vivo imaging of structure, spatial distributions of marine turtles at sea, epibiosis, imprinting, parasitology, and climatic effects. Life history is explored in three chapters covering age determination, predator-prey interactions, and mortality from bycatch. The Biology of Sea Turtles, Volume III will inspire scientists and students to explore and expand their understanding of these intriguing animals. The book provides clear baseline summaries, thoughtful syntheses, and effective presentation of the most fundamental topics spanning form and function, health, distributions, behavior, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Its scope and depth make it the definitive go-to reference in the field.
It's getting better! This is not surprising considering the highly skilled team of editors and authors; the third volume of Biology of Sea Turtles should be on the shelf of every sea turtle biologist. The book is presented in 16 chapters, covering many aspects, from morphology to physiology and genetics, to organic pollutants and fisheries by catch mitigation. Previous volumes have inspired many sea turtle scientists and conservation practitioners, myself included. ...important new findings are included in this latest volume, several based on methodologies only used intensively on sea turtle ecology in recent times... Looking at the three-volume series of Biology of Sea Turtles, clear developments in the field can be seen, with a range of paradigms being revisited and revised in the last volume, for instance ontogeny and individual specialization. ... All three volumes, and the third in particular, end with recommendations for further research, the need for methodology improvements, and key questions to be addressed. This is a valuable approach, and it makes the current volume a valuable guide, as well as an inspiration, for the current and next generation of sea turtle scientists. Overall, in my opinion the current book should be compulsory reading for researchers, managers, and conservationists who deal with marine turtles and their habitats. I cannot wait until vol. IV is available! -Leandro Bugoni, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, in Marine Biology Research, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2014 Praise for Previous Volumes: ... simply cannot be missing from the bookshelf of anyone seriously involved with sea turtles, whether it be sea turtle researchers or the staff and managers of marine protected areas with sea turtles in their waters or on their beaches. -Michael Stachowitsch, in Marine Ecology The Biology of Sea Turtles is one of the best places to start ... may be recommended to libraries and individuals. -N. Mrosovsky, in Nature ... likely to become the standard reference in the field ... well illustrated with line drawings and photographs ... a first source for many herpetologists looking for current information on sea turtles. -Kentwood D. Wells, in Copeia ... undoubtedly a key reference text for those involved closely with sea turtle research and an essential purchase for institutional libraries ... . -Brendan J Godley, in Marine Turtle Newsletter