There's plenty of research to support the claim that the moon influences the way we behave, but new studies indicate it may influence the world around us as well -- from weather patterns to the spawning habits of oysters.

From Paul Katzeff's book:

Certain species of fish, like herring, are more active during the full moon.

Earthquakes -- especially those that take place deep within the earth -- are in part due to the gravitational tug of the moon.

Hurricanes, typhoons and severe rainfall are more likely to hit on or near the full and new moons.

Birds and other migratory animals may use the moon's magnetic pull to navigate.

Hard-shell crabs becomes soft-shell crabs during the full moon -- when they shed their shells.

Experiments have supported the ancient belief that some vegetables -- corn, peas and tomatoes -- do better when planted during the waxing moon rather than the waning moon.

For moon-watchers:

* The Lunar Phase Poster/Calendar for 1983: Graphic, dark blue poster with silvery moons charts the crescents in monthly columns, matched to date and day of the week. 16-by-37 inches.

* The 1983 Graphic Timetable of the Heavens: Charts the year's astronomical events in a 17-by-22-inch color format. Includes rising and setting times of the sun, moon and other planets; lunar phases, eclipses, transits and the equation of time.

Each $6 postpaid, available from Celestial Products, Inc., P.O. Box 801, Middleburg, Va. 22117. (703-687-6881).