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.

Emily Callahan & Amber Jackson: Rigs 2 Reef Exploration co-founders

Podcast Episode #6

Emily and Amber co-founded Rigs 2 Reef Exploration, an initiative working to preserve the biodiverse ocean ecosystems beneath California’s offshore oil rigs.┬áHear how these two ocean advocates are bringing attention to this misunderstood and controversial issue in partnership with Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue.

Follow Rigs 2 Reef on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Watch their Science Sea TV episodes, and check out their website to learn more!