Richard Moore, professor of biology and assistant vice
for grants and research at Coastal Carolina University, is the co-
author of an award-winning reference book on fish. Fishes of the
Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana and Adjacent Waters, Second Edition,
co-written by H. Dickson Hoese, professor emeritus at the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, has been awarded the 2000 Texas Reference
Source Award, an annual award given by the Texas Library Association.
For more than 20 years, Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico has been the
premier reference work for identifying and classifying fish of northern
Gulf waters. The latest edition is based on two decades of research and
offers new information on deepwater habitats. The book provides
accounts of 539 species, including 62 species not covered in the first
edition. The new edition also features 225 new color photographs,
including many underwater photos taken by Moore and the late Farley
Since the publication of the first edition in 1978, Fishes of the
Gulf of Mexico has become a standard textbook for marine biology and
ichthyology classes throughout the southeastern United States. The
book, widely used by state and federal conservation agencies, was among
Amazon.com's 50 best-selling books about fishes in January 1999.
Moore joined the Coastal faculty in 1974. He earned a bachelor's
degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from
the University of Texas at Austin.