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Book of the Week: Charlie Veron’s ‘A Life Underwater’

Charlie’s Book explains ‘what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected.’

On Friday 14 July, author Charlie Veron launched his latest book, ‘A Life Underwater’.

Charlie Veron is a marine biologist, who is hailed as the first full-time researcher on the Great Barrier Reef. Charlie’s story was shared by SEI Co-Director Iain McCalman in his book The Reef: A Passionate History, which brings to life the stories of people who have shaped our knowledge and perception of the Great Barrier Reef.

A Life Underwater provides a memoir of Charlie’s work and research on coral reefs, and it is explained that Charlie ‘generated a new concept of evolution that incorporates environmental change and a radical idea of what species are, matters which lie at the heart of conservation.’

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Abstract:

Charlie has dived most of the world’s coral reefs, revelling in a beauty that few others have seen. In this engaging memoir he explains what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected. And also why it’s critical that scholarly independence be safeguarded. For it was the freedom he had as a young scientist, to be wayward, to take risks – a freedom barely imaginable in today’s world of managed academia – that allowed his breakthroughs.


For more details on Charlie Veron’s book, or to purchase, click here.