Climate Change

Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave.

Protecting a sunken ancient world

How the formation of a new national park in the Bahamas was driven by science Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave. Photo courtesy of Brian Kakuk Probing the contours of some of the world’s most dangerous underwat...
Declining cabbage palm forest

Coastal forests retreat as sea levels rise

Turtle Creek; Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. © Photo courtesy of Jennifer Seavey That sea levels are rising is hardly new news–they have been doing so since the end of the last major glaciation some 18,000 years ago. The current rate of rise, a lit...
Karen Walker

Shedding light on ancient climate change

Florida Museum archaeologist Karen Walker displays a southern quahog clam shell and other specimens from Pine Island. Using isotopic information extracted from...
carnivorous mammal jaw

Ancient global warming resulted in carnivorous mammal’s evolution

About 55 million years ago, a warming event that swept the globe had a profound effect on mammals. A Florida Museum of Natural History study in the December 2010 print edition of the Journal of Mammalian Evolution describes a new species of carniv...