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The Resource Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone, Juli Berwald ; illustrations by Rachel Ivanyi

Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone, Juli Berwald ; illustrations by Rachel Ivanyi

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Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone
Title
Spineless
Title remainder
the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone
Statement of responsibility
Juli Berwald ; illustrations by Rachel Ivanyi
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach about engineering and environmental stability
  • "Jellyfish have been swimming in our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal that lives on the planet. They make a venom so toxic it can kill a human in three minutes. Their sting--microscopic spears that pierce with five million times the acceleration of gravity--is the fastest known motion in the animal kingdom. Made of roughly 95 percent water, some jellies are barely perceptible virtuosos of disguise, while others glow with a luminescence that has revolutionized biotechnology. Yet until recently, jellyfish were largely ignored by science, and they remain among the most poorly understood of ocean dwellers. More than a decade ago, Juli Berwald left a career in ocean science to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas. But then jellyfish drew her back to the sea. Recent, massive blooms of billions of jellyfish have clogged power plants, decimated fisheries, and caused millions of dollars of damage. Driven by questions about how overfishing, coastal development, and climate change were contributing to a jellyfish population explosion, Juli embarked on a scientific odyssey. She traveled the globe to meet the biologists who devote their careers to jellies, hitched rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild, raised jellyfish in her dining room, and throughout it all marveled at the complexity of these alluring and ominous biological wonders. Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless is the story of how Juli learned to navigate and ultimately embrace her ambition, her curiosity, and her passion for the natural world. She discovers that jellyfish science is more than just a quest for answers. It's a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share."--Dust jacket flaps
Summary
A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach about engineering and environmental stability
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Writing style
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10600526
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DLC
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Berwald, Juli
Dewey number
593.5/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1080L
Intended audience source
Lexile
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
  • 1080
  • 1080
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jellyfishes
  • Jellyfishes
  • NATURE / Animals / Marine Life
  • NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Marine Biology
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone
Label
Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone, Juli Berwald ; illustrations by Rachel Ivanyi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-325) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Planula. If you dare -- Polyp. What's your agenda? ; Jellyfish salad ; Missing polyp ; In jelly genes ; Robojelly ; Seeing what's not there ; Day-glo jellies ; Jellyfish sense ; The nerve of the jellyfish ; Life's limits -- Strobila. The bottom of the wave -- Ephyra. Stop waiting ; Sacred island ; Stalking the beast ; Jellyfish al dente ; Jellyfishing -- Medusa. Toxic cocktail ; Sting block ; In medusa's blood ; Party like a jellyfish ; Bloom
Control code
1886652
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780735211261
Lccn
2017005838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780735211261
  • (OCoLC)973199818
Label
Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone, Juli Berwald ; illustrations by Rachel Ivanyi
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Planula. If you dare -- Polyp. What's your agenda? ; Jellyfish salad ; Missing polyp ; In jelly genes ; Robojelly ; Seeing what's not there ; Day-glo jellies ; Jellyfish sense ; The nerve of the jellyfish ; Life's limits -- Strobila. The bottom of the wave -- Ephyra. Stop waiting ; Sacred island ; Stalking the beast ; Jellyfish al dente ; Jellyfishing -- Medusa. Toxic cocktail ; Sting block ; In medusa's blood ; Party like a jellyfish ; Bloom
Control code
1886652
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780735211261
Lccn
2017005838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780735211261
  • (OCoLC)973199818

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