Coastlines Online, UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association


Summer 2015

Alumni Authors

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Michael S. Foster PhD ’72
The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests

The largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface in lush canopies, giant kelp provides an extensive vertical habitat in a largely two-dimensional seascape. It is the foundation for one of the most species-rich, productive, and widely distributed ecological communities in the world. Schiel and Foster’s review and synthesis take the reader from Darwin’s early observations to contemporary research, providing a historical perspective for the modern understanding of giant kelp evolution, biogeography, biology, and physiology. The authors furnish a comprehensive discussion of kelp species and forest ecology worldwide, with considerations of human uses and abuses, management and conservation, and the current and likely future impacts of global change.

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Nicole Starosielski, Film and Media Studies M.A. ’07, Ph.D ’10
The Undersea Network

Nicole Starosielski follows these undersea cables from ocean depths to their landing zones on the beaches of the South Pacific. She charts the cable network’s cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. Supplementing the book is an interactive digital mapping project at, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials and read about the island cable hubs. Starosielski is a recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, she was praised by students for helping them think critically and independently.

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Joseph Moris ’77
Answers: Heaven Speaks

A basic foundation of where we came from and where we can expect to go. Joe, the author, ask the questions and his daughter, Marisa, who is a clear channel clairvoyant answers the questions about the heavenly realms.

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John Boyd ’81
2048 Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together

2048 is about humanity reaching an agreement to a set of fundamental rights through a Global Bill of Rights enforceable in the courts of all countries. It was a best seller in the San Francisco Bay Area for four weeks in 2010. Learn more at

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Marlene Zuk ’77
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live

Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple. Popular theories about how our ancestors lived—and why we should emulate them—are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence.

GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives

Sheila Steinberg ’88
GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives

GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives shows researchers how to incorporate spatial thinking and geographic information system (GIS) technology into research design and analysis. Topics include research design, digital data sources, volunteered geographic information, analysis using GIS, and how to link research results to policy and action. The concepts presented in GIS Research Methods can be applied to projects in a range of social and physical sciences by researchers using GIS for the first time and experienced practitioners looking for new and innovative research techniques.

Mendota. Life and Times of an Emerging Latino Community, 1891-2012

Manuel G. Gonzales B.A. ’65, Ph.D. ’72
Mendota. Life and Times of an Emerging Latino Community, 1891-2012

As a native son of the area, Gonzales documents a narrative of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the Hispanic communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley and their contribution to the economic growth to California and the nation

Lost Children

Robert Dicks, Ph.D. ’80
Lost Children

Written under a pen name, Hank Richards Lost Children is a historical fantasy of adventure, romance, suspense, and tragedy. Action, love, and unrequited love are among the characteristics of common people, kings, queens, and noble lords whose morals ultimately triumph over evil influences set in the ancient Middle East.

Lost Children

Walter Benn Michaels, ’70 Ph.D. ’75
The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography,Autonomy, Economy

Michaels examines depictions by artists born after 1965, to show the connection between the aesthetic and political conditions that have taken U.S. economic inequality from its lowest level, in 1968, to its highest level today.