We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book “Ocean Journeys: Beginnings” by Dr. Brandon L. Southall.  This book is loosely autobiographical and largely centered on the natural history, biology, and human history of fascinating ocean areas.

“Ocean Journeys” is available <key words: Brandon Southall Ocean Journeys> through:

Fast Pencil <http://www.fastpencil.com/marketplace> (paperback or eBook)

Amazon (paperback), Amazon Kindle (eBook), or iTunes (eBook)

or on request from OceanJourneysBook@gmail.com

Ocean Journeys traces the formative years of a young marine biologist finding his footing in the natural world.  It flows from warm lakes and cold streams to captivating scenes in living, studying, and conserving the sea.

This story is about the sea – its beauty, its resilience and fragility, and our obligation to serve as responsible stewards – protecting it from ourselves. There are several primary chapters, set in the natural and human history, geology, and conservation challenges of Hawai’i, the Florida Keys, and the cool, misty northern California coast that brought it all together. Snapshot journeys, some from these wonderful places, others from more distant shores, are interspersed in time and space. The story comes to the realization that in the sea we see ourselves – our strengths, our weaknesses, our obligations — and culminates in a challenge to common-ground action toward sustainability.

Dr. Brandon Southall has over 20 years of field and lab experience with diverse ocean animals.  He has written dozens of articles and given hundreds of technical and popular lectures around the world on ocean science, animal behavior and communication, and human impacts.


To hear some discussion on the book as well as the ongoing SOCAL-BRS project, please check out the recent interviews with Dr. Southall on

podcasts from KSCO am 1080 in Santa Cruz CA: