FOXBONE in RUCKSACK MAGAZINE
Over the past few months I’d organized a team of researchers to learn more about how Icelandic foxes are affected by their own diet. And before we set off for Iceland to traverse the mountain backbones of northern fjords to search for foxes by shores thick with eider down, I wanted us to have some context. Preserved from the quiet erasures of time and decay, the bones in the museum could tell us something about how these foxes were before the industrial revolution began turning glaciers to ghosts.
This is an international cross-disciplinary project. Our team consists of an early-career evolutionary biologist, a scientific journalist, and the leading fox expert in Iceland. We are brought together by a common goal to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pollutants. What we find may tell us if the pollution in the ocean is making its way back onto land and into the bodies of Icelandic residents.