Episodes

December 02, 2021

MCHH 342: UK leading light on oyster restoration

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk to their guest Dr. Bill Sanders, a professor at Heriot-Watt University, about oyster restoration in the UK.   This episode is sponsored by Coastal Futures – Innovation for Ocean...

November 30, 2021

MCHH 341: Learning science through outdoor experiences

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk to their guest Joshua Drew, and Assistant Professor from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry about studying abroad and experiential learning.   This episode is sponsored...

November 25, 2021

MCHH 340: Life of a Marine Mammalogist

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken have a fun conversation with their guest Michaela Kratofil from Cascadia Research. They talk about statistical analysis and what it's like to be a marine mammal scientist. This episode is sponsored...

November 23, 2021

MCHH 339: Ocean Carbon Cycle

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk to their guest Professor Joellen Russell, a famous oceanographer. She tells the MCHH crew about how the oceanic carbon cycle works and how it is being studied via robotic floats. Listen to the...

November 22, 2021

MCHH 338: Blue Health Coach

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk to their guest Lizzi Larbalestier about blue health coach.   This episode is sponsored by Coastal Futures – Innovation for Ocean Recovery, a virtual conference (January 18-20th,...

November 16, 2021

A Walrus in the UK?

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk to their guest Lizzi Larbalestier from the wildlife rescue organisation British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). She tells the MCHH crew about an unexpected Arctic visitor in the UK waters and...

November 11, 2021

Seal hospital - looking after injured seals

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk about what  the new seal hospital in Cornwall and how they care for injured seals. Their guest Lizzi Larbalestier from the awesome wildlife rescue group British Divers Marine Life Rescue....

November 09, 2021

What makes nature documentaries successful

In this episode, Dr. Scarlett Smash and Dr. Craken talk about what makes a nature documentary successful and have an impact, and what makes a documentary fail. This episode is sponsored by Coastal Futures – Innovation for Ocean Recovery, a...

November 04, 2021

MCHH 334: Coral Survives

In this episode, Dr. Scarlet Smash and Dr. Kraken talk about a project done in the Red Sea, four species of corals surviving in an ocean temperature of up to 32 degrees. Dr. Kraken shared that they can take some of those genes and produce medicine for...

November 02, 2021

MCHH 333: The Yangtze Finless Porpoise

You should know about this animal- it is cute and fascinating! Let's talk about an intensive conservation effort to preserve this species. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

October 28, 2021

MCHH 332: Can We Create A Noah's Ark?

How do we save marine species- can we collect them from the ocean and protect them from doom in captivity? A lot of people don't know what's going on with endangered porpoises and dolphins, but there are a few species that are headed rapidly for...

October 26, 2021

MCHH 331: Effective Nature Documentaries

We are talking about Blackfish and the behavioral change the film sparked. Specifically, we're discussing Dr. Craken's research plus a recent paper: "Nature documentaries are catalysts for change". This episode is sponsored by Coastal Futures –...

October 21, 2021

MCHH 330: What To Do When You See A Stranding

If you find an orphaned seal on the beach or stumble across another marine mammal emergency, do you know what to do? Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue walks us through good options. This episode is sponsored by Coastal Futures –...

October 19, 2021

MCHH 329: Strandings

We talk dolphin and whale strandings with Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Anyone can join the organization, whether they SCUBA dive or not, and Dan walks us through what the group does and what issues are important for marine mammal...

October 14, 2021

MCHH 328: Seal Hospital

Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue joins us to talk about the brand new seal hospital that just opened in the southwest UK! It's in the one of the busiest areas for seals in the UK- many pups wash up there for a variety of reasons. Now...

October 12, 2021

MCHH 327: Moms

Moms! A baby! Marine science careers! Listening to parents and their experiences and needs is our first step towards a better future for STEM professionals. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

October 07, 2021

MCHH 326: Reminiscence Movie: Science Check

Wikipedia's description of the plot for the 2021 movie Reminiscence starts with: "In the near future, climate change has caused the seas to rise and flood Miami. Extreme daytime temperatures have forced most of the population to live at night." Let's...

October 05, 2021

MCHH 325: Eco Travel

Fresh off of Awesome Con, Dr. Smash reflects on the carbon-conscious travel she did to get to and from the convention, plus the measures her hotel took that helped. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

September 30, 2021

MCHH 324: The Abyss movie science

We're still, still, still at Awesome Con. We know. Dr. Craken just finished being on a panel about The Abyss, as in the 1989 movie. We know it got a lot of people interested in ocean science, but... well, let's just talk about the science in the movie...

September 28, 2021

MCHH 323: Sex and Sea Life Funny Facts

We're still, still at Awesome Con! Dr. Smash just finished being on a Sex and Sea Life panel, so let us fill you in on some of the dirty, fun facts we talked about on that panel. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

September 23, 2021

MCHH 322: Aquaman movie science

We're still at Awesome Con! The science of Aquaman (2018 with Jason Momoa) is not great. So let's have some fun with why science would just destroy these characters and their world. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

September 21, 2021

MCHH 321: What is Awesome Con?

We are at Awesome Con!! Let us tell you about it, including how science plays a big role in this annual pop culture convention. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

September 16, 2021

MCHH 320: Why are Manatees Dying?

A sad topic today: more manatees have died in the first half of 2021 than any other year in Florida history. We talk about where and why this is happening and what we can do about it. Check out more episodes on our Speak Up For Blue Network website:

September 14, 2021

MCHH 319: The Dolphins of Barataria Bay, South of New Orleans

We went to New Orleans for work (and for fun) and talked to Dr. Naomi Rose about the poplutaion of dolphins that live in Barataria Bay. Along the way, we got into the history of land and water change in South Louisiana and the consequences of human...