The Coastal Affection

The sea is swallowing up coastline after coastline, until it reaches your special beach, then in the blink of an eye it is gone. Just like the Australian coastline, many other coastlines around the world are experiencing erosion.

Regrets

This narrative considers the struggle to hold on to memories of fading island ecosystems.

NIU: The Tree of Life – An Island Fable for Today and Tomorrow

An Island fable about the coconut tree, for today and tomorrow. The story explores how the coconut tree has become ornamental in Hawai'i, especially in Waikiki and around Honolulu, instead of being a source of food and water. Coconut trees without coconuts. Symbols of lost identities. Exotic images as a backdrop for semi-naked tourists lounging on the beach.

2013.07.17

A reflection on a moment of togetherness with an Åga (Mariana Crow), a critically endangered species that is now found only on the Island of Rota.

Bananas – Going, Going, Gone?

An essay on the history of diseases in bananas in Australia, exploring questions of memory, diversity, and loss in the colonial and monocultural space of the plantation.

This is How Our Horizon Will Look

Swish, plop, bibbidi bop,   This is how our Horizon will look — the ocean brings a family together, all waves collapsed against each other, revealing our culture.   This is how...

Fiji Petrel

A brief history of the extremely rare Fiji Petrel, which until 1984 had been presumed extinct for over a century.

Hawaii’s Emptying Skies

Among Hawaii's species extinctions since the early 19th century are twelve specialist nectar-eating, pollinating birds. By gathering images of all twelve, and their stories, this work seeks to generate a sense of this loss.

Achatinella fulgens

In this moving essay on the Hawaiian tree snail Achatinella fulgens, Michael Wang explores the history of the species' decline and the unique portal that it offers into the cultural and biological richness of these islands.

Words of Life

In Australia's Northern Territory, and elsewhere, Indigenous vocabularies do more than identify species. They also communicate a range of important ecological information. As linguist Nicholas Evans writes here, they can direct us to what is unique and key in a species.