Oceans Past Newsletter


Oceans Past News No.11 - January 2019

The Oceans Past Initiative is growing! As we move in to 2019, OPI is evolving, working to formalize its charter and organizational structure, as well as its status as a non-profit. We want to support the growth of our network and increase benefits for members. This, our first 2019 edition of Oceans Past News, focuses on the new OPI and the 2019 Oceans Past conference...Read More


Oceans Past News No.10 - November 2018

Understanding the life history, abundance, and distribution of species, especially those at risk of extinction, is critical – but what if current science does not recognize missing ecosystem pieces in the first place? In our October Spotlight, Samuel P. Iglésias and Frederik H. Mollen discuss their work unraveling the “cold case” of the Bramble Shark, and how their historical detective work revealed a species considered rare today was not only common in the past, but had a life history and habits unknown to current scientists...Read More


Oceans Past News No.9 - July 2018

Today, researchers worldwide are asking deeper and more informed questions about the relationships between human beings and the natural world. They are also increasingly reaching across disciplinary boundaries to engage these complicated, but necessary, inquiries. The study of the past is no different. While disparate in place and time, and accessing a wide range of resources and approaches, research in OPN, such as in this edition, also reveals common threads of interdisciplinary engagement to understand the intimate connection between people and the marine realm...Read More


Oceans Past News No.8 - April 2018

“Surely, you’re not suggesting we go back to the 1800s.” It’s a reply I’ve heard, and perhaps many of you as well; a dismissal of my research as nostalgia and of little use for the challenges we face today. Responses like this miss the point, and the light historical and long-term research can shed for contemporary science, management, and conservation. Increasingly, research is demonstrating the value in looking back – from improved stock assessment and restoration targets, to clearer insight on the change and dynamics of people and ecosystems over time and space...Read More


Oceans Past News No.7 - January 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at Oceans Past News! In 2017, we highlighted work from J. Scott McCain that used historical perspectives to shed light on critical habitat, as well as that from Andrea Gaynor, with Jodi Frawley and Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez, which revealed gendered cultures in fishing over time. Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak wrote about why the past matters and how it can illuminate important ethical questions as part of our 10 Questions series...Read More


Oceans Past News No.6 - November 2017

To anticipate impacts of widespread environmental change on marine ecosystems, we need greater knowledge on long-term patterns and responses that may be subtle, and associated with thresholds, feedbacks and/or temporal lags...Read More


Oceans Past News No.5 - July 2017

As scientists, we often like to believe the science we do is objective. But we are also people. We are all subject to the same cultural and social systems that create bias, conscious and unconscious, as everyone else...Read More


Oceans Past News No.4 - April 2017

As scientists, we often like to believe the science we do is objective. But we are also people. We are all subject to the same cultural and social systems that create bias, conscious and unconscious, as everyone else...Read More


Oceans Past News No.3 - January 2017

Welcome to 2017! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the new year. Here at Oceans Past News, we thank you for supporting OPN and ensuring the success of our initial editions...Read More


Oceans Past News No.2 - November 2016

Greetings! This issue of Oceans Past News focuses on Oceania, Asia, and the Southwest Pacific, a region of contrasting human antiquity...Read More


Oceans Past News No.1 - July 2016

Welcome! These are exciting times to be researchers of Oceans Past. We are enjoying scientific breakthroughs that are truly expanding our understanding of changes in the sea – and are increasingly becoming important to marine management...Read More