Episodes

SUFB 1231: Teamseas - Should Ocean Conservancy be on the same campaign as the Ocean Clean Up?

Nov. 5, 2021

I received some great questions from some audience members about episode 1230 where I interviewed Dr. Virginia Schutte about the Teamseas campaign and why you might not want to support the campaign, but donate directly to an…

SUFB 1230: What you need to know about the #Teamseas fundraiser

Nov. 3, 2021

There are many fundraisers that occur throughout the year for the oceans and they are run by various organizations. Most of them have good intentions to help protect the Oceans. Some raise a lot of money and some not so much…

SUFB 1229: 300 Olive Ridley's Sea Turtles wash up dead along a Pacific Coastline

Nov. 1, 2021

There was an unfortunate situation along the Pacific Coast when at least 300 Olive Ridley's Sea Turtles washed up dead on the shore.  Experts say that cause of death was most likely drowning after getting caught in fishing g…

SUFB 1228: Are coral restoration organizations doing good for coral reefs?

Oct. 29, 2021

I answer a listener voicemail on today's episode. Laura asked if an organization's work, named Coral Vita, is worth supporting. She wanted to know if the work they do is helpful to coral reefs.  Coral Vita recently won the E…

SUFB 1227: How can science communicators better communicate climate change?

Oct. 27, 2021

I answer a listener question from a voicemail I received about how people who communicate science can get their message across to their target audiences about Climate Change.  There is a long history of messaging about clima…

SUFB 1226: Where do you begin to help protect the Ocean?

Oct. 25, 2021

I received a question from Josie Greenston who asked me (I am paraphrasing): Where do I begin with helping with the Ocean? There are so many things that are harming the ocean (climate change, over-fishing, plastic pollution,…

SUFB 1225: Home Sweet Home with the Zero Waste Family

Oct. 22, 2021

I see many people profess to go Zero Waste and I think it's great; however, I have trouble relating to them because they are oftentimes at different life stages than I am. They are single or a two-person household, which mak…

SUFB 1224: Measuring changes 5 Years after the Blob

Oct. 20, 2021

The Blob, a massive heatwave in the Pacific Ocean raised the average sea surface temperature by 2-4C and changed the distribution of some species.  The Blob raised the temperature in cooler waters as well as the direction of…

SUFB 1223: What would I do if I had to start to Sci Comm today?

Oct. 18, 2021

Last episode (Episode 1223), I spoke to Virginia Schutte and Bethann Merkel about their approach to Science Communication that they discuss on their new podcast called Meteor.  During the interview, I talked about how I just…

SUFB 1222: Meteor - the scicomm podcast that we didn't know we needed

Oct. 15, 2021

I am a huge advocate for science communication (scicomm). It's important for audiences to understand what science is doing for our society and how we are affecting it. However, scicommers like myself do not have a formal com…

SUFB 1221: Should biologists work for natural resource companies for scientific studies?

Oct. 13, 2021

There was a great article on Mongabay News (link below) that asked the question as to whether marine biologists should work for natural resource companies that would like to mine the deep sea.  It's a more complicated questi…

SUFB 1220: Tracking Happy Humpback Whales

Oct. 8, 2021

The one thing that I love about doing this podcast is the fact that I can talk to people who have done amazing things in Marine Conservation. Sometimes, people are supported by large organizations/companies that help them ge…

SUFB 1219: We need to talk about swim-with-dolphins in captivity programs

Oct. 6, 2021

A listener named Sydney Stauffer asked me to create an episode on my thoughts on swim-with-dolphin programs that are held with dolphins in captivity. She heard the episode with Stephanie Stack (e1214) about swim-with-whales …

SUFB 1218: Can environmental documentaries be successful for marine conservation?

Oct. 4, 2021

Did you hear the Brittany Spears may not be under conservatorship anymore and her father was removed as the head of said conservatorship? Wait...what? You are probably wondering what Brittany Spears has to do with marine con…

SUFB 1217: Tracking the critically endangered wedgefishes in Mozambique

Oct. 1, 2021

A study is underway in Mozambique to study the distribution ranges of two species of wedgefishes family (bottlenose wedgefish and bowmouth guitarfish) to help better manage their population.  The species are considered criti…

SUFB 1216: 63 Endangered South African penguins are killed by bees

Sept. 29, 2021

South African penguins are having a tough time with their population numbers. The IUCN lists them as endangered in the Red List due to lack of food from commercial fishing and the fact that their food source may have shifted…

SUFB 1215: Would you save a sea lion from Orcas?

Sept. 27, 2021

A viral TikTok video has sparked a debate on the app and on Twitter as to whether a woman working on a small ocean vessel should have made a sea lion go back in the water as three orcas were circling her boat. The sea lion l…

SUFB 1214: Do swim-with-whale tours impact humpback whale behavior in Hervey Bay, Australia with Stephanie Stack

Sept. 24, 2021

Swim-with-whale tour operators are popping up in various places around the world. The idea of getting in the water and swimming with humpback whales nearby can be a dream come true for many people; however, the tour operator…

SUFB 1213: Why similarities between this mass extinction and a previous one should motivate you to act on climate change

Sept. 22, 2021

We are entering the 6th mass extinction. When I tell people about the mass extinction, people are not too worried. I don't think they realize that we are already starting to see the effects of the mass extinction and that th…

SUFB 1212: Faroe Islands government to renew whale culling policies after 1400 white-sided dolphins killed

Sept. 20, 2021

The Faroe Islands government has announced that they will review their regulations of the dolphin cull after some whalers and critics thought that the last cull of 1400 white-sided dolphins was too numerous to use all of the…

SUFB 1211: Questions around the legality of killing 1400 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands circulate

Sept. 17, 2021

There was a cull of 1400 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands recently has some people wanting to know if it was legal.  Whaling of pilot whales and other small cetaceans is legal in the Faroe Islands as the local commu…

SUFB 1210: How climate change is playing a major role in the Canadian federal election

Sept. 15, 2021

The Canadian federal election is less than a week away before we find out who will lead Canada into a very different world than it was 18 months ago. There are many predominant issues at hand in this election such as the COV…

SUFB 1209: Beluga transfer from Marineland to Mystic Aquarium update and more on Bill S-203 (Cetacean Captivity Ban) with Kaitlyn Mitchell

Sept. 13, 2021

Kaitlyn Mitchell is a lawyer for Animal Justice, a non-profit organization that looks out for the welfare of animals in Canada.  Website: Kaitlyn came highly recommended as someone to interview on the Canadian side of the b…

SUFB 1208: MPA Guide to help Ocean Conservation

Sept. 9, 2021

All of the talks around protecting 30% of the world's oceans by the year 2030 have really put a focus on the quality of MPAs that exist and that will be designated in the future. MPA design and implementation are unique arou…