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.

Sarah Chinn: California Sea Otter Scientist

Podcast Episode #44

Sarah is a Marine Physiologist at Sonoma State University studying both the lives and deaths of California’s sea otters. Follow along as Sarah and I discuss how there’s more to sea otters than just a pretty (and cute!) face. Her most recent research pinpoints End-Lactation Syndrome as a significant reason for mortality in adult female sea otters and the implications behind this.

Read Sarah’s latest scientific research paper, and to learn more about sea otters visit Friends of the Sea Otter, Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Geological Survey.

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.

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Kat Crabill: Turning plastic pollution into jewelry

Podcast Episode #42

Kat is a Hawaii-based jewelry maker sparking positive conversations about ocean plastic pollution with her jewelry company Nurdle in the Rough. She’s literally turning trash into treasure! Hear about the inspiration, care, and positivity behind each and every piece of jewelry this ocean-loving metal smith creates. And what amazing organizations she gives back to just to make an even bigger impact than she already is.

Follow Nurdle in the Rough on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, and visit nurdleintherough.com to see all of Kat’s amazing jewelry.

Sean Bogle: Vaquita conservation filmmaker

Podcast Episode #41

Sean is a wildlife conservation filmmaker and the director of Wild Lens’ latest award-winning film “Souls of the Vermilion Sea: Searching for the Vaquita”. Learn about the vaquita – the world’s smallest and most endangered marine mammal – and the complex situation that’s caused such a drastic population decline. With less than sixty vaquitas left, Sean and his team are utilizing film to raise awareness and document this conservation emergency.

Watch the film at vaquitafilm.com and follow Souls of the Vermillion Sea on Facebook. Visit wildlensinc.org to learn more and follow Wild Lens on Facebook and Twitter.