J. Malcolm Shick is Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Oceanography at the University of Maine, where he conducted research and taught for forty years. Some of his early scientific works were synthesized with the wider literature in his first book, A Functional Biology of Sea Anemones (1981).
"As a biologist familiar with corals, I found this book's concept extremely appealing and intriguing. Its all-embracing scope combined with the author's wonderful curiosity and diligent scholarship have together resulted in a remarkable collection of richly illustrated accounts and stories. I know of no other book like it."--Vicki Buchsbaum Pearse, Institute of Marine Sciences, University California, Santa Cruz "Spectacularly illustrated, beautifully written, and compellingly original, Where Corals Lie takes us from bizarre notions of antiquity to today's environmental crises in a triumphant amalgam of art and science."--Charlie Veron, author of "A Life Underwater" "Where Corals Lie takes the reader on a widely ranging and richly illustrated tour of corals, not just their biology and currently threatened state, but also how their history interweaves with ours. It is beautifully written and deeply informed on an astonishing range of topics--a book where science shares the table with figures as diverse as Ovid and Obama."--Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History "Coral bleaching is one of the fastest and most significant consequences of global warming. Where Corals Lie stands out by giving cultural and spiritual significance to this environmental disaster. Shick masterfully brings forward the symbolical and intellectual value of corals and leads us to the crucial question: are we really willing to lose such a treasure?"--Robert Calcagno, CEO, Oceanographic Institute--Prince Albert 1 of Monaco Foundation