Environments

Urbanization Might Give an Unexpected Boost to Biodiversity
Article - Short

A new study uses environmental DNA to open a genetic window on urban coastlines.

Making Monster Waves in the Lab
Article - Short

Rogue waves are rare in nature, but new research is making them perfectly common.

A Burning Problem For Mangroves
Features

In Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins, villagers balance mangrove use and conservation. How much longer can they do it?

Earthquakes’ Ecological Aftershock
Article - Short

The coastal Klallam people had to adapt to an altered ecosystem in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

The Curious Case of Bermuda’s Mysterious Turtle
Features

Operation Green Turtle was considered one of the most audacious failures in the history of conservation biology—until a stunning nest inspired...

Book Review: The Killer Whale Who Changed the World
Article - Short

Author Mark Leiren-Young traces the killer whale’s trajectory from reviled to revered.

Living in a Bubble
Article - Short

These five organisms find home in sea foam.

Decline of Salt Farming Leads to Shorebird Shakeout
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A key habitat for migratory birds, salt pans are threatened by shifting industrial priorities.

A Sunken Bridge the Size of a Continent
Features

A remote Arctic land may hold a vital missing chapter from human history. The only problem? It disappeared at the end of the last ice age.

The Secret World of Bog
Photo Essay

Photos of a lesser-known ecosystem, from British Columbia’s outer coast.

For the Melting Arctic, Fuzzy Forecasts Are the Best We Can Do
Article - Short

People keep claiming to know when the Arctic will become ice-free. They don’t.

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
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Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

What the Ancient Oyster Knows
Features

Scientists in the emerging field of conservation paleobiology believe that the key to oyster conservation could be contained in ancient shells....

Book Review: Holy Mōlī
Article - Short

Author Hob Osterlund introduces readers to the fabled seabirds—and her guardian spirits—through an offshoot population on Kaua‘i.

A Mysterious Illness Is on the Move
Article - Short

A fish-borne toxin that causes “paradoxical temperature reversal” and other strange symptoms has started to spread.

Nuclear Neighbors
Comic

How does a coastal nuclear plant affect the sea life and communities that surround it?

Coral, Explained
Photo Essay

A little bit algae, a little bit rock, and a lot animal. If you’ve ever wondered about the life of a coral, this photo essay will help.

It’s Happening Now: Climate Change Is Killing Off the Yellow Cedar
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Actually proving a species is being affected by climate change, and not some other factor, is incredibly difficult. 

How to Give a Seabird an Underwater Hearing Test
Article - Short

Scientists are worried marine noise may affect seabirds, but first they have to figure out how to test it. 

Fast Bird, Slow Food
Features

In New Zealand, sooty shearwater populations are being restored with the collective knowledge of Māori harvesters and seabird researchers.

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