Dr. Iliana Baums: Coral scientist studying the shallows and the deep sea

Podcast Episode #51

Iliana is an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University studying the evolution and ecology of corals – both in the shallow waters as well as in the deep sea. In this episode we discuss our recent ECOGIG expedition studying the continued impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea corals and their surrounding ecosystems, what motivates Iliana to study corals, and the importance and excitement of exploring the deep sea.

Learn more about this research by visiting ecogig.org as well as Iliana’s lab website. You can also follow her on Twitter @TheBaumsLab.

Beth Brady: Marine Biologist Studying Manatee Acoustics

Podcast Episode #49

Beth is a Marine Biologist in South Florida conducting cutting edge research on manatee acoustics. She’s working to understand what exactly are manatees saying? In this episode, we discuss how Beth records the noises these manatees make, why this research is so important, and the current state of manatee populations in Florida. Plus you’ll get to hear two great audio clips of manatee sounds from below the surface! Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

To learn more about Beth’s research watch “Sounds of the Manatee”, a film by Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Dakota and Cambria: Youth Leaders of “Heirs to Our Oceans”

Podcast Episode #48

Dakota Peebler (11) and Cambria Bartlett (12) are founding members of Heirs to Our Oceans, a youth-led ocean conservation organization. These water loving kids are making a film and creating a movement in order to inspire people around the world to take better care of the ocean they are inheriting. In this episode we discuss the importance of humor in conservation, optimism in the face of a struggling ocean, and what motivates these Heirs to care.

Follow @heirstoouroceans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit their website heirstoouroceans.com to watch their film trailer and learn more!

Shannon Switzer Swanson: Ocean Photojournalist & Nat Geo Adventurer

Podcast Episode #47

Shannon is an ocean scientist, photojournalist, and conservationist working to share her stories with the world – on topics ranging from storm water pollution to the global aquarium fish trade. She was recently honored as one of National Geographic’s 2017 Adventurers of the Year. In this episode we discuss the importance of curiosity, Shannon’s interest in photography and writing, and how her definition of adventure has no boundaries.

Connect with Shannon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Dr. David Shiffman: Shark Conservation Biologist sharing Why Sharks Matter

Podcast Episode #45

David is a shark conservation biologist at the University of Miami, using an interdisciplinary approach to being a shark scientist. With over twenty-eight thousand followers on Twitter, David is utilizing social media and blogging to spread the message of Why Sharks Matter. Hear David and I discuss his shark conservation research, his use of social media in science communication, and his outspoken relationship with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Photo credit: Christine Shepard.

Follow David @whysharksmatter on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit southernfriedscience.com to read his blog posts.