#HistOcean Recent / Upcoming Books

December 2021 Our December book list comes full of just-released publications featuring oceans and coasts, pirates and sailors, reflections on blue humanities and blue legalities, coral reefs and underwater habitats. Just in time to add them to your Christmas gift list! Anne C. Claus, Drawing the Sea Near: Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa… Read More #HistOcean Recent / Upcoming Books

New Web Exhibit on the Research Vessel Vema

by Joanna Behrman, Assistant Public Historian at the American Institute of Physics The Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics has put together a new virtual exhibit which takes visitors on an interactive journey across the world’s oceans aboard the Research Vessel Vema. Formerly a luxury yacht, the R/V Vema became… Read More New Web Exhibit on the Research Vessel Vema

The Abyss: Resurrecting Deep-Sea Biology in the Mid Twentieth Century

Author: Eric L. Mills Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) Abstract After the publication of the last Challenger Report in 1895, deep-sea biology fell out of favor with marine biologists. It was replaced by embryology and physiology in… Read More The Abyss: Resurrecting Deep-Sea Biology in the Mid Twentieth Century

The Origin of Oceans

Alfred Wegener’s theory of “continental drift” directs attention to the origin of the continents, and in Wegener’s first publication on the topic this emphasis was reflected in the title: Die Entstehung der Kontinente (1912). By 1915, Wegener’s thinking had already evolved to an understanding that the “origin of continents,” was also, of necessity, the “origin… Read More The Origin of Oceans

Fisheries Politics Masked as Science

Is Maximum Sustainable Yield a tool of science or of diplomacy? For the world’s fish populations, the concept has stood for years as a working blend of economic goals and conservation principles. The word “sustainable” lends it a particular respectability in our environmental age. It purports to answer the burning question about how many fish… Read More Fisheries Politics Masked as Science