“If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”
Welcome to the Ocean Memory Project. We are a collaborative network of researchers from across the Sciences, Arts and Humanities dedicated to exploring the intersection of Ocean and Memory, and advancing Ocean Memory as a new field of scholarship and creative expression.
As a sampling of our research directions, think of how environmental changes, whether on short or long time scales, may be recorded in ocean “memories” via genetic and epigenetic mechanisms within organisms or their larger networks or “pangenomes”, or in physical and chemical traits within the dynamic structure of the ocean itself. Consider that, if human cognitive memory can be defined as the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved, and that its role is to use that information to predict future outcomes, then the ocean’s capacity for telling its many stories is boundless. Using those stories to envision and chart the ocean’s future and enlighten its relationship to humankind can provide a way forward to protecting the planet’s health and ours. Read more.