Chelsea Bennice: Octopus Scientist

Podcast Episode #56

Chelsea is a Marine Biologist studying the behavioral ecology of two different octopus species in South Florida that inhabit the same area. In order to see how these unique cephalopods coexist, she’s spending a lot of time underwater with them! In this episode Chelsea and I discuss her journey from growing up in Ohio to being an ocean scientist in Florida, what drew her to study these amazing masters of camouflage, and what surprising behaviors she’s observed during her PhD research at Florida Atlantic University.

Check out Chelsea as @theoctogirl on Instagram and Facebook to see photos and videos of the amazing octopus behavior she gets to observe, plus more info about her research.

Jim Ritterhoff: Force Blue Executive Director

Podcast Episode #53

Jim is the Executive Director of Force Blue, a non-profit organization uniting special operations veterans with the world of ocean conservation through mission therapy. Learn more about how Jim and his co-founders are putting the skills of these combat veterans to use, not only helping rebuild coral reefs, but rebuilding the confidence of our veterans. In a world where every topic seems bi-partisan, Force Blue is bringing communities on opposite sides of the spectrum together in extremely powerful and positive ways… all for the good of the planet.

Follow Force Blue on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Visit their website forceblueteam.org to learn more and watch their powerful video trailer.

Megan Cook: Nautilus Live and Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communicator

Podcast Episode #43

Megan is the Community STEM Program Coordinator at Ocean Exploration Trust. This fish-loving, science communication extrovert provides ocean exploration education to people around the globe via Nautilus Live. Hear about Megan’s journey becoming an ocean science communicator from growing up in Idaho and the incredible diversity of experiences she had as the 2012 Our World Underwater Rolex Scholarship recipient.

Follow Megan on Facebook and Twitter, follow Nautilus Live on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit nautiluslive.org and visit oceanexplorationtrust.org to learn more.

This week’s podcast episode is brought to you by Truli Wetsuits, wetsuits for the woman ocean adventurer. Find yours at truliwetsuits.com and be truli yourself in the water.

Autumn Blum: Founder of Stream2Sea

Podcast Episode #29

Autumn is the founder of Stream2Sea, a complete line of sunscreen and body care products that are safe for you as well as the ocean. Hear how this scuba diving, ocean loving, cosmetic chemist developed a line of products unmatched by any other in both quality, eco-consciousness, and scientific rigor. They allow you to explore the underwater world comfortably without damaging the ocean animals we care about like corals and fish.

Visit stream2sea.com to learn more and use promo code “oceanallison” for 10% off all products. Follow @stream2Sea on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kayla Ripple: Coral Restoration Foundation science manager

Podcast Episode #21

Kayla is the science program manager at Coral Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit working to restore coral reefs in the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. Hear how their innovative coral tree nurseries and out-planting techniques are providing hope for coral reefs worldwide.

Follow @coralrestoration on Facebook and Instagram, @coralcrf on Twitter, and visit the CRF website to learn more and subscribe to their newsletter.