Figure 1 Publishing

General Non-Fiction

Heart of the Coast

Biodiversity and Resilience on the Pacific Edge

“Reading Heart of the Coast was like opening an old scrapbook, reawakening memories of the roots of my life’s work. The waters may be cold, but the memories are warm.” —Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and author of Citizens of the Sea

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“Coastal archaeology, biological and physical oceanography, marine food-web research, “bioblitz” surveys, kelp forest ecology, sand-dune tracking with laser scanners: these are only part of what Hakai does.”

—Tyee Bridge

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Book Description

How do you dig up a 13,000-year-old footprint? Why are viruses vital to life in the ocean? How can you measure a glacier from an airplane? What is a zombie urchin?

Heart of the Coast brings questions like these to life in a deep exploration of the beauty, mystery and biodiversity of the Pacific coast.

Join researchers from British Columbia’s world-renowned Hakai Institute on expeditions to archaeological digs, the Klinaklini Glacier, the kelp forests off Calvert Island and beyond. Stunning photography illuminates the Institute’s discoveries and collaborations over the past decade, in a book that will inspire you with wonder and awe for life on the coastal edge.



The hidden life of kelp: How sea otters, urchins and starfish make ocean forests

National Observer

“After perusing the book, I got the impression that Heart of the Coast could have gone on for several hundred more pages, such is the wealth of knowledge and discovery that scientists are unearthing on a regular basis.”


How Archaeologists Found the Oldest Footprints in North America on BC’s Calvert Island

Western Living

“Tyee Bridge’s Heart of the Coast, Biodiversity and Resilience on the Pacific Edge is a magnificent book — robust hard cover, excellent index. It’s a celebratory exploration of The Great Bear Rainforest, the largest tract of temperate rainforest in the world.”

British Columbia Review

Heart of the Coast

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  • Hardcover
  • 8.25 × 9.75 inches
  • 192 pages
  • 978-1-77327-115-6
  • $37.99 CAD / $29.99 USD
  • October 2020