A new textbook co-written by Coastal Carolina University
science faculty members Daniel C. Abel and Eric Koepfler covers the
environmental issues relating to the world's oceans. Published in
November by Prentice Hall, Issues in Oceanography by Abel, Koepfler and
Robert L. McConnell of Mary Washington College, assists readers in
developing the mathematical and analytical skills necessary to think
critically about, and gain insight into, important marine environmental
The 50-page book, designed to be used at the senior high school
through advanced college level, explores such topics as coastal
population growth, coral reefs, global warming and rising sea level.
Abel, who joined the Coastal faculty in 1994, earned a Ph.D. in
1986 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. He has
published many scientific articles on sharks and tropical air-breathing
fish and is conducting a long-term study of the sharks of Winyah Bay
and nearby waters in Georgetown, S.C.
Koepfler, an associate professor, joined the Coastal faculty in
1990. He earned a Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1989.
He is director of The Loggerhead Sea Turtles Protection Program
sponsored by the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal.
The contents of the book are also included in the new edition of
the textbook, Introductory Oceanography edited by Harold V. Thurman.