History

Death of a Modern Wolf
Features

Once feared, vilified, and exterminated, the wolves of Vancouver Island face an entirely different threat: our fascination, our presence, and our...

A Trail of Rocks Traces Historical Steamship Routes
Article - Short

The afterlife of gunk scraped out of ships’ boilers and chucked overboard.

From Prejudice to Pride
Features

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

The American Museum of the Alive and Well
Article - Short

Northwest coast First Nations are helping the American Museum of Natural History breathe life into an antiquated exhibit.

Shellfish Diplomacy
Article - Short

By trading shellfish for water rights, two ancient Peruvian cultures seem to have avoided war.

Nostalgia and Peace on the Ocean
Video

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s short stretch of seaside refuge has outsized value.

Did Climate Change Bring Down Late Bronze Age Civilizations?
Article - Short

Marine archaeologists excavating the eastern Mediterranean are learning how the Bronze Age Mycenaean, Egyptian, and Anatolian Empires fell.

Hunger’s Children
Features

Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.

Polar Bears and People: Cataloging Conflict
Article - Short

A team of international researchers investigate interactions between the Arctic’s two main predators.

Not Your Average Beach House
Article - Short

Forget rebar or prestressed lumber—the sea provides a bounty of alternative construction materials.

Coastal Books to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer
Features

From the Shark Lady to refugees who traveled by sea, this season’s stories are sure to inspire.

Chesapeake Bay’s Misguided War on the Ray
Article - Short

Science can go wrong—sometimes with deadly consequences.

In the Land of Lost Gardens
Features

Tireless in her quest, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with indigenous elders to preserve plant knowledge dating back to the First People in the...

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
Article - Short

Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

Here Be White Bears
Features

While dragons and other mythical beasts marked the charts of early mariners, Renaissance maps were illustrated with images—part fantasy and part...

Land Food Versus Seafood
Article - Short

The omegas battle it out in our budgets and our bodies.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Pool-landia
Features

For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
Article - Short

The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

An Ocean in the Parlor
Features

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

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