Humankind has lived along coastal habitats throughout history. Life in coastal and maritime settings has led to great creativity in the development of economic systems dependent on littoral and marine foodstuffs. People who live in coastal settings also develop unique systems of knowledge, beliefs, practices, and worldviews. Maritime Adaptations is a graduate seminar that examines archaeological and ethnographicstudies ofhuman life in marine and coastal settings through time and in different geographic settings across the globe. We will also examine the loss of cultural heritage and the destruction of many coastal due to climate change and rising sea levels.