Eric Jay Dolin
Eric Jay Dolin
Queens, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Brown University|
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eric Jay Dolin (born 1961) is an American author who writes history books, which often focus on maritime topics, wildlife, and the environment. He has published fourteen books, which have won numerous awards.
Dolin grew up near the coasts of New York and Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University, where he majored in biology and environmental studies. After getting a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eric and his wife Jennifer live in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with their two children.
Dolin has worked as a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; an environmental consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton (MD) and Environmental Resources Limited (London); an intern at the National Wildlife Federation, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and for Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. on Capitol Hill; a fisheries policy analyst at the National Marine Fisheries Service; a technical writer for the National Transportation Safety Board; a PEW research fellow at Harvard Law School; and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at Business Week. Since 2007, he has been a full-time writer.
- A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes (Liveright, an imprint of W. W. Norton, June 2020)
- Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates (Liveright, an imprint of W. W. Norton, 2018, 400 pp., 120 illus., ISBN 978-1-63149-210-5
- Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse (Liveright, an imprint of W. W. Norton, 2016, 560 pp., 160 illus., ISBN 978-1-63149-250-1).
- When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2012, 384 pp., 102 illus., ISBN 978-0-87140-433-6)
- Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America (W. W. Norton, 2010, 464 pp., 90 illus., ISBN 978-0-393-06710-1)
- Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America (W. W. Norton, 2007, 480 pp., 90 illus., ISBN 978-0-393-33157-8)
- The Ph.D. Survival Guide (iUniverse, 2005, 140 pp., ISBN 0595350305)
- Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor - A Unique Environmental Success Story (University of Massachusetts Press, 2004, 240 pp., 40 illus., ISBN 1558494456)
- Snakehead: A Fish out of Water (Smithsonian Books, 2003, 266 pp., 58 illus., ISBN 1588341542)
- Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges (Illustrations by John and Karen Hollingsworth, Smithsonian Books, 2003, 258 pp., 200 illus., ISBN 1588341178)
- The Duck Stamp Story: Art-Conservation-History (co-author, Bob Dumaine, Krause Publications, 2000, 206 pp., 300 illus., ISBN 0873418158)
- International Environmental Treaty Making (co-authored with Lawrence E. Susskind and J. William Breslin; Program on Negotiation Books, Harvard Law School, 1992, 192 pp., ISBN 1880711028)
- Dirty Water Clean Water: A Chronology of Events Surrounding the Degradation and Cleanup of Boston Harbor (MIT Sea Grant College Program, 1990, 144 pp., ISBN 1561720011)
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Know your government) (Chelsea House Publishers, 1989, ISBN 0791008789)
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates was chosen as a "Must-Read" book for 2019 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; as a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author's Club; and it was selected by Goodreads as one of September's top five History/Biography titles recommended in their monthly New Releases e-mail.
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse was chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat Best Nautical Book of 2016.
When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top 100 nonfiction books for 2012; won a gold medal for history in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards; and was chosen by the Boston Author's Club as a "Highly Recommended Book."
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America won the 2010 James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association; a bronze medal for history in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards; and was awarded first place in the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Excellence in Craft Contest.
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History; the twenty-third annual L. Byrne Waterman Award, given by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for outstanding contributions to whaling research and history; a silver medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
The Duck Stamp Story: Art, Conservation, History (Krause Publications, 2000) won the Gold medal for books at the 2001 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.
Dolin has been awarded an E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship, Nantucket Historical Association (2005); a Martin Environmental Fellowship, MIT (1990–1991); a Switzer Environmental Fellowship (1990–1991 and 1989–1990)l and a C.V. Starr Fellowship for National Service, Brown University (1982–1983). And in 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented Dolin with a certificate recognizing his contribution to the joint award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC.
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- "Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Class of 1988". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Alumni News". Archived from the original on June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "EricJayDolin.com". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "W. W. Norton & Company". Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "W. W. Norton & Company". Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "W. W. Norton & Company". Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "Mass Book Awards". Massachusetts Center for the Book. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
- "2019". Boston Authors Club. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
- "Kirkus Reviews". Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- "2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards". Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- "New England Historical Association". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "Independent Publisher 2011 Award Announcement". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "Outdoor Writers Association of America Awards Page". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "Independent Publisher 2008 Award Announcement". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- "Sam Houston Duck Company". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "Verney Fellowship". Archived from the original on December 23, 2005. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- "Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation". Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.