Living Things

Fast Bird, Slow Food
Features

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

Even Scientists Are Biased Toward Cute Animals
Article - Short

In the conservation science literature, some animals get way more attention than others. 

Welcome to the Arctic, Fish
Features

As the climate changes, the Arctic Ocean beckons Pacific salmon and other species. How will we fish responsibly?

Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
Article - Short

Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

Don’t Fear the Jellygeddon
Article - Short

Reports of the pending jellyfish apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.

Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard
Features

Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island.

Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
Article - Short

Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.

Are We Overvaluing Reef Sharks?
Article - Short

Most sharks are not apex predators—so why do we keep talking as if they are?

Killer Whales Are Bullies, and Humpbacks Are Bouncers
Article - Short

Humpback whales seem to protect other species from killer whale attacks.

The Evolutionary Trick that Lets Bowhead Whales Grow So Big
Article - Short

Young bowhead whales may deconstruct their own bones to help fuel the growth of their huge baleen. 

Sea(side) Horses
Article - Short

These breeds owe their unique features to their coastal lifestyles.

The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion
Features

Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

Shrinking the Keystone
Article - Short

New research is weakening the rule of the original keystone species and, in the process, complicating an iconic idea in ecological science.

The Museum at the End of the World
Features

Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

Fishing With Cyanide
Article - Short

A small study finds US retailers are selling fish caught using the illegal technique.

Going Hog Wild in the Marsh
Article - Short

Scientists get muddy to study feral hogs’ effects on salt marshes.

Desperate Polar Bears Have Turned to Scavenging from People
Article - Short

As the ice melts, polar bears are being forced to move on land. And they’re adapting any way they can. 

Breeding the Ubercoral
Features

Researchers are working to fast-track evolution to help corals face a changing ocean.

The Hangover of Coral Bleaching
Article - Short

Even if a reef recovers from bleaching, the damage is already done to future generations.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Filipino Fishers Recount the Region’s Disappearing Species
Article - Short

Interviews with fishers reveal a long-term record of species change. 

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