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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, by Juli Berwald
Jellyfish have been swimming in our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal that lives on the planet. Yet until recently, jellyfish were largely ignored by science, and they remain among the most poorly understood of ocean dwellers. Driven by questions about how overfishing, coastal development, and climate change were contributing to a jellyfish population explosion, Juli Berwald embarked on a scientific odyssey.
Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless is the story of how Juli learned to navigate and ultimately embrace her ambition, her curiosity, and her passion for the natural world. She discovers that jellyfish science is more than just a quest for answers. It’s a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share.