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Ellis, Richard 1938-

Overview
Works: 66 works in 234 publications in 4 languages and 25,342 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: QL121, 591.77
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Ellis
The empty ocean : plundering the world's marine life by Richard Ellis( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 2,858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Empty Ocean, acclaimed author and artist Richard Ellis tells the story of our continued plunder of life in the sea and weighs the chances for its recovery. Through fascinating portraits of a wide array of creatures, he introduces us to the many forms of sea life that humans have fished, hunted, and collected over the centuries, from charismatic whales and dolphins to the lowly menhaden, from sea turtles to cod, tuna, and coral. Rich in history, anecdote, and surprising fact, Richard Ellis's descriptions bring to life the natural history of the various species, the threats they face, and the losses they have suffered. Killing has occurred on a truly stunning scale, with extinction all too often the result, leaving a once-teeming ocean greatly depleted. But the author also finds instances of hope and resilience, of species that have begun to make remarkable comebacks when given the opportunity. Written with passion and grace, and illustrated with Richard Ellis's own drawings, The Empty Ocean brings to a wide audience a compelling view of the damage we have caused to life in the sea and what we can do about it. "--Publisher description
On thin ice : the changing world of the polar bear by Richard Ellis( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A profile of the habitat and life cycle of the polar bear covers he species' venerated position in Inuit culture, its reproductive habits, and the environmental factors that are compromising its ability to survive
Tiger bone & rhino horn the destruction of wildlife for traditional Chinese medicine by Richard Ellis( )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ellis, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, investigates the shadowy international market that trades in the body parts of every known type of tiger, bear and rhinoceros to be used for traditional Asian medicine
Encyclopedia of the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ellis's research has taken him all over the world, from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now, with more than 450 of his own illustrations, he takes readers from A to Z (abalone to zooxanthelae) in this one unprecedented volume of the sea. of color paintings. 471 illustrations. From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis, who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects, gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, and highly readable reference on almost everything that is known about the sea. Ellis's research has taken him all over the world, from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now he leads us on a great journey: from the amazing diversity of the creatures of the oceans to the birds who inhabit the skies above them; from the little-known realms of marine geography to the men and women who have bravely explored them; from the fabulous legends the sea has inspired through the ages to the intriguing evolution of the tools of nautical navigation. With more than 450 of the author's own drawings and paintings accompanying the text, Ellis reveals the many wonders of the oceans, abalone, zooxanthellae, and everything in between. We learn about the peculiar behavior of Vampyroteuthis infernalis (the vampire squid from hell) and about Mocha Dick, the real sperm whale that may have inspired Melville's Moby-Dick; where the crown-of-thorns starfish gets its name and how the rare coelacanth, cousin to a species extinct for 70 million years, and one of the most mispronounced fish in the sea, was rediscovered. We visit lovely and exotic locations from Venice to Ni'ihau (Hawaii's forbidden isle), and consider both the fearsome kraken (a mythical sea monster often seen by Scandinavian clergymen) and the notorious real-life pirate Captain Kidd (whose hidden treasure was never found). Exhaustive, concise, and entertaining, the Encyclopedia of the Sea is invaluable as an all-inclusive, one-volume source for anyone interested in the sea, its inhabitants, and man's exploration of its mysteries
Aquagenesis : the origin and evolution of life in the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Life on earth began in the sea, and in this natural history, authority on marine biology and illustrator Richard Ellis chronicles more than three billion years of aquatic history. From the first microbes and jawless fishes that evolved into the myriad species we know today--sharks, whales, dolphins, and, of course, humans--Ellis reveals the deep evolutionary mysteries of the sea.--Publisher
Monsters of the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The history, natural history, and mythology of the oceans' most fantastic creatures"--Cover
The book of whales by Richard Ellis( Book )
16 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated survey of 33 species of whales describing their dimensions, habitats, habits, courting rituals, intelligence and their relationships with each other and with other creatures
Dolphins and porpoises by Richard Ellis( Book )
7 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The most comprehensive history and natural history of the 43 known species of dolphins and porpoises, this large and beautifully illustrated book discusses their anatomies, habitats, populations, feeding habits, and relationships with other sea creatures and with man
Imagining Atlantis by Richard Ellis( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An investigation into the lost city of Atlantis traces the legend's development from the literature of the ancients to the popular culture of contemporary America
No turning back : the life and death of animal species by Richard Ellis( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the reasons why specific species have become extinct, providing additional coverage of species that have been rendered extinct more recently and species that have been saved from extinction
Men and whales by Richard Ellis( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author chronicles the history of whaling in both hemispheres, and discusses regulation and anti-whaling movements
The book of sharks by Richard Ellis( Book )
15 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of sharks and examines the work of people who have studied, photographed, hunted, and written about them
The search for the giant squid by Richard Ellis( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and German and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"An authoritative look at the biology and mythology of the world's most elusive sea creature".--Jacket
Deep Atlantic : life, death, and exploration in the abyss by Richard Ellis( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An environment as foreign to us as another universe. As we have come to expect from his previous books, Richard Ellis is here again our engrossing guide to the last frontier on earth
Tuna : a love story by Richard Ellis( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author of The Book of Sharks, Imagining Atlantis, and Encyclopedia of the Sea turns his gaze to the tuna--one of the biggest, fastest, and most highly evolved marine animals and the source of some of the world's most popular delicacies--now hovering on the brink of extinction. In recent years, the tuna's place on our palates has come under scrutiny, as we grow increasingly aware of our own health and the health of our planet. Here, Ellis explains how a fish that was once able to thrive has become a commodity, in a book that shows how the natural world and the global economy converge on our plates.--From publisher description
The great sperm whale : a natural history of the ocean's most magnificent and mysterious creature by Richard Ellis( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of the sperm whale that provides information on the evolution, ecology, biology, anatomy, behavior, social organization, intelligence, diet, and other aspects of the species and discusses its clash with giant squid, the history of the whaling industry, and the author's experience saving a beached whale
Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans by Richard Ellis( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Russian and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Working from the fossil record, Richard Ellis explores the natural history of these fierce predators, speculates on their habits, and tells how they eventually became extinct - or did they? He traces the 200-million-year history of the great ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs who swam the ancient oceans - and who, according to some, may even still frequent the likes of Loch Ness."
Great white shark by Richard Ellis( Book )
9 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Singing whales and flying squid : the discovery of marine life by Richard Ellis( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A richly illustrated journey that uncovers the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep ocean"--Inside front cover jacket
Swordfish : a biography of the ocean gladiator by Richard Ellis( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides a comprehensive history of the swordfish, from prehistoric fossils to its present-day endangerment, and describes its adaptability and its relationship with humans
 
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Languages
English (160)
Italian (5)
German (2)
Russian (1)
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