Jude Isabella

Editor in Chief

Jude Isabella writes about science and the environment for readers big and small. Her book, Salmon: A Scientific Memoir (2014), explores the human relationship with Pacific salmon, noting that the modern relationship is very one-sided. Jude is also an avid cyclist, a passion that inspired her latest book for kids, The Red Bicycle (2015). Her bicycle, however, is green.

Jude's Contributions

From Prejudice to Pride

In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous Ainu. Then the Ainu fought back like...

One Man’s Junk

For 40 years, John has been collecting our garbage off the beach. Here’s where you can visit it.

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again

On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening.

The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats

From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.

Saving Birds from Oil Spills

Some sources insist that most birds affected by an oil spill will die prematurely, even if they’ve been carefully cleaned. Two experts weigh in on...

Attack of the Cartographic Land Octopus

Far from just a way to avoid getting lost, maps have also been used as a means of persuasion.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Mask, It’s Puffin Man!

The past and future are in full flower on Kodiak Island as an indigenous culture reclaims its artistic roots.

On the Trail of Whales

Forget the engines: shore-based whale watching takes off.

The Right to Roam

Scotland’s liberal access laws make life a whole lot better for everyone.

Who Controls the Coast?

Squabbling over some of the world’s most valuable territory, the shoreline, is ultimately a very human thing to do.

The Race for Arctic Oil

Oil companies have always looked north for vast oil fields, and they won’t stop any time soon.

How Ecosystems Got a Keystone

One day in 1963, ecologist Bob Paine started plucking sea stars off rocks and tossing them into the sea. His study helped show how a species may...

What Happens When a Seal Woman Gets Angry?

No sea is without its mythical creatures, and in the North Atlantic reside the seal people. They entice humans. Trouble ensues.

[Pirate] Talk Is Cheap

Pirate dress, however, is a bit of an investment.

Embracing the Weirdness of Waterless Waterways

The drought in California has created an obsession with water, but sometimes, no water is just fine.