Juli Berwald



Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. A science textbook writer and editor, she has contributed to many science textbooks and written for The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in Austin with her husband and their son and daughter.

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“It's tempting to think that when we look at the world, we see what's in front of us, but in reality we can see only what our eyes allow us to see.

Progress occurs when opposite sides engage with each other rather than talk past each other. Debate and disagreement done right force us to find new ways to answer questions, to look for mistakes, to reevaluate how we understand the world we share.

We have reached a point in history when we impact the chemistry and biology of our planet. We are that powerful. But we are also endowed with gifts of even greater power. We have the capacity to communicate, to learn quickly, to change course, to create and re-create, to make decisions for the health of the oceans, to speak up. We can protect this stunning planet we all share if we grow a collective spine.

As humankind, we have emerged from the youth of civilization. We have struggled through our pubescence and reached the moment when our youthful good looks and passion are colliding with our need to grow up. Our collective emotions are still hot, however. Our dancing turns too simply to fighting, often for the wrong reasons. We fall in love easily, but often with things that don't matter or even harm us, things that numb us to the thousands of ever more discernible darts we are shooting at our own planet. This can lead to terrible mistakes, even self-destruction.”
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“She’d been so brutally stung by box jellyfish on her third attempt that she almost died. Her arms, legs, back, and neck were lashed by the fiery tentacles of box jellies, which caused her to feel as if her entire body was dipped in hot oil. Over the phone, Diana told me about the incident: “If you are going to go out in the open ocean, all kinds of things are going to be out there, known and unknown, and you are just going to have to accept that as part of the sport and the adventure that you’re a part of. But I must say, when I was stung by those box jellyfish. . . . I wouldn’t ever wish that on my worst enemy. It was the stuff of science fiction.”
Juli Berwald, Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

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