The Voyage of the Odyssey, currently focusing on the Seychelles, is a five-year program designed to gather the first ever baseline data on levels of synthetic contaminants throughout the world's oceans. Read dispatches from the field and see video and photographs from the Seychelles and elsewhere.
Find out more about the Seychelles magpie robin and other Seychelles birds at this conservation-oriented Web site. BirdLife Seychelles posts updated information on what's happening at important bird areas and about the progress of its various conservation projects.
Run by the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin, the Plates Project is a research program dedicated to creating the most up-to-date plate-tectonic and geologic reconstructions. Included on the site are movies and reconstructions of plate movements from 750 million years ago to the present (and even 100 million years into the future).
This page, put together by Paul Howell (see Seychelles Through Time), offers a Lambert azimuthal projection of the breakup of Pangea from 150 million years ago to the present, along with accompanying text. It also provides links to Mollweide and azimuthal equidistant projections of same.
Loaded with information on climate history, Earth's history, and current related research, the Paleomap Project Web site should not be missed by paleophiles. The site includes a downloadable collection of VR images illustrating the breakup of Pangea, the evolution of the Caribbean, and plate motion 250 million years into the future, among others.
The Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network's site offers a page where you can calculate your own plate tectonic reconstructions of any age back to 150 million years ago. Enter your own locations and dates and plot them into your own animated paleographic maps.
If you're looking for detailed information on travelling in the Seychelles, this site has answers to all your questions. The Seychelles Super site is full of information on the individual islands of this Indian Ocean paradise, how to get there and what to do when you arrive.
BooksBiogeography and Ecology of the Seychelles Islands. Edited by D. R. Stoddart. The Hague: Dr. W. Junk Publishers, 1984
The classic scientific work on the Seychelles, with articles on climate, geology, habitats, wildlife, and human populations and impact.
Biogeography (Second Edition). By James H. Brown & Mark V. Lomolino. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, 1998
Rewritten and reorganized since the first edition appeared in 1983, this textbook offers a solid overview of the ever-changing discipline of biogeography. It features a good section on the gigantism/dwarfism phenomenon. (See Why Do Islands Breed Giants?)