Landscape Ecology

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 699–701 | Cite as

Seascape ecology: a review

S.J. Pittman (ed), Seascape ecology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, 2018, 526 pp. 24 cm, Paper ISBN 9781119084433, US $120.00
  • Maria T. KavanaughEmail author
Book Review

The people along the sand

All turn and look one way.

They turn their back on the land.

They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass

A ship keeps raising its hull;

The wetter ground like glass

Reflects a standing gull

The land may vary more;

But wherever the truth may be-

The water comes ashore,

And the people look at the sea.

They cannot look out far.

They cannot look in deep.

But when was that ever a bar

To any watch they keep?

The existential relevance of Robert Frost’s “Neither out Far, Nor in Deep” may be argued. However, during my early studies in seascape ecology, the line that the “land may vary more; but wherever the truth may be” represented an invitation to translation and discovery. Frost carefully, perhaps, used the conditional may, as in might. The water comes ashore: ecological truths might lie in the varied landscape, maybe in the (then) unknowable sea, or perhaps in the exchange between the two domains. In Seascape Ecology, Simon Pittman and colleagues...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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