Blurbs & Reviews

Top Pick for Summer Reading — Ocean Outbreak


“As a marine ecologist specializing in disease, Drew Harvell worries most about the threat posed by microbes, because in oceans beset by so many stresses, disease-causing microbes can gain the upper hand and bring about rapid, wide-scale ecological change. Ocean Outbreak brilliantly lays out the risk of disease and smart plans for improving ocean health.”
Ted Danson actor, activist and founding member, Oceana


“From salmon to seastars, abalone to corals, marine disease pioneer Drew Harvell’s Ocean Outbreak eloquently captures today’s threats to the ocean and their solutions.”
Jane Lubchenco, Professor, Oregon State University; former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA; inaugural U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean


“With riveting storytelling and a chilling sense of urgency, Drew Harvell astutely analyzes catastrophic outbreaks decimating four kinds of iconic sea creatures with consequences that affect everyone, everywhere.  Knowing is the key to caring, and Ocean Outbreak has what it takes to up-end current complacency and inspire actions to heal the harm humans have imposed on the sea – while there is still time.”
Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and founder of Mission Blue


“Part memoir and part science expose, Ocean Outbreak is a recipe for launching into the unknown, providing a roadmap for how one person can marshal the world of science to win against a global peril.”
Steve Palumbi, author, Hopkins Marine Lab, Stanford


“A marine medical who-dunnit, where the patients include sea stars who faced odds worse than humans did during the Black Death.  It is also a tale of hope, thanks to the dedication of a small band of scientists, including the author, who work tirelessly to understand and reduce the threats that disease poses to ocean life.”
Nancy Knowlton, author, Citizens of the Sea