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Why Study Biology by the Sea?

Karl S. Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Rachel A. Ankeny


This book explores why researchers since the mid-nineteenth century have spent time at the seaside, as well as what questions motivated their work and what opportunities appeared as a result of working by the sea. Two key themes consider: first, how movements from the beach to laboratory bench became possible only with the development of institutions to house equipment, people, organisms, and research projects; and second, how these institutions enabled a variety of different kinds of research questions and practices. The chapters explore processes associated with institutionalization, with fo ... More

Keywords: marine biology, Marine Biological Laboratory, Naples Zoological Station, history of biology, organisms, institutions, practices, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226672762
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226673097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl S. Matlin, editor
University of Chicago

Jane Maienschein, editor
Arizona State University

Rachel A. Ankeny, editor
University of Adelaide

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Front Matter


Karl S. Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Rachel A. Ankeny

Part One Marine Places

Part Two Marine Practice