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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a…

With such a wide range of career options in the aquatic sciences, how could you ever choose just one? The Wisconsin Water Library has books on topics ranging from climate science to aquaculture, and everything in between! You can also visit the career resources section of our research guide for more information on professional organizations in water science: researchguides.library.wisc.edu/waterscience

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
By William Souder. New York, N.Y.: Crown Publishers, 2012.
This book is written in memory of Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, a book that sparked the modern environmental movement. Her legacy is a great reminder that writing, art and other forms of communication are important for spreading awareness of environmental issues.

The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One
By Sylvia A. Earle. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2009.
Written by one of the world’s most renowned marine biologists and oceanographers, this book explores how oceanic and human survival are connected. Sylvia Earle is a firm believer in inspiring others by taking them diving to see the miraculous world beneath the waves.

The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor
By David L. Mearns. New York, N.Y.: Pegasus Books, 2018.
The author is a diver who has discovered some of the most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. This memoir recounts his experiences chasing hidden treasures and what it’s really like to be underwater for most of your career.

Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor
By Hali Felt. New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt and Co., 2012.
This is the story of Marie Tharp, a geologist who created the first map of the ocean floor and proved there was more beneath the depths than nothingness. Her accomplishments involved geophysics, advanced technology and a keen eye for artistic expression.

Please visit the Wisconsin Water Library online at waterlibrary.aqua.wisc.edu for more information about the library’s resources on climate.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.




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