Episodes
From shucking in oyster bars to his own private events and even for the President of the United States, Gardener Douglas truly is the Oyster Ninja. With his own mobile rawbar business and podcast, Gardner has garnered some amazing experiences around oysters. Gardner is super passionate about oysters and his work, and it really shows during our conversation today that encompasses everything from what oyster shucking is to farms and restaurants to oyster recycling and entrepreneurship. Show...
Published 10/20/21
If studying sound underwater sounds like a quiet activity to you, this episode is a must-listen. Dr. Denise Risch is a marine mammal ecologist currently with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) studying marine acoustics (sounds in the ocean) and the impacts with marine mammals like whales and dolphins. We chat about how her career has taken her from Europe, to the States, and then to the UK- all studying exciting creatures like orcas and other dolphins and whales. We also chat...
Published 10/06/21
Marine ecologist Aurora Ricart joins us on the show today. Aurora is a seagrass biologist studying the effects of this often overlooked part of our oceanic ecosystem. Starting off with corals, Aurora made a full-hearted leap into seagrasses during grad school, and hasn’t looked back. Today we chat about her amazing coral research in Mexico, how seagrasses combat climate change, and how you play a role in this underwater nursery.  Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)
Published 09/22/21
With a professional engineering license backing up a degree in ocean engineering, it may come as a surprise that Nick Muzia originally wanted to be a marine biologist. It wasn’t until he realized his aptitude in math, and a fateful discovery channel episode featuring submarines, that Nick decided to make the switch. In today’s episode, we chat about how my Midwestern husband discovered his love for the ocean and fascination with submarines. He also shares insight into what exactly an ocean...
Published 09/08/21
My guest today is Illegal Fishing and Transparency Analyst for Oceana, Emma Gee. I’ve been wanting to have someone on the show to chat about IUU fishing, and I’m so excited to share this episode with you! In today’s episode, we chat about how Emma’s non-marine biology degrees are helping to save the oceans, how we can look at historical ecology- what used to be in the ocean- and all about pirate fishing. Show Notes: marinebio.life/61 Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)
Published 08/25/21
Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle joins us on the show today. Sylvia is a marine biologist who has been deemed a Hero for the Planet and designated by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend. She has been a Nat Geo explorer since 1998, author of over a dozen books. Her TED talk has over 3m views. Sylvia led the first team of women living underwater, has thousands of research diving hours, and explored all over the world. She is also a personal hero of mine, and today's show is a true honor to...
Published 08/11/21
Andy Bramburger is a researcher with Environment and Climate Change Canada. In addition to the numerous scientific papers and publications, Andy’s work has also been featured in National Geographic. In this episode we chat about how something so tiny it can only be seen with a microscope influences the entire planet, and how we, in turn, influence it. Andy also breaks down the similarities and differences- surprisingly few- of oceanic work and working on the Great Lakes. Show Notes:...
Published 07/28/21
Jake Kheel is a sustainability innovator, sargassum-wrangler, and coral reef saver.  In addition to these illustrious titles, Jake also holds the titles of Vice President of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation and Vice President of Sustainability for Grupo Puntacana. He is also a TEDx speaker, and author of  “Waking the Sleeping Giant: Unlocking the Hidden Power of Business to Save Our Planet.” In this episode you’ll learn what it really means to have a career in sustainability (it doesn’t have to...
Published 07/14/21
Colin Howe is a tropical marine ecologist studying corals in the Caribbean. He is also the creator behind the Instagram and YouTube channels @MarineSci4life. In today’s episode, Colin breaks down the difference between a marine ecologist and marine biologist, what research at different career levels can look like, and the importance of experience. Colin also shares his coral research throughout the Caribbean, and why this dynamic ecosystem is his favorite to study, and how both corals and...
Published 06/30/21
Samantha Andrews is a marine ecologist, naturalist, professional science communicator, and founder of Ocean Oculus, a one-woman endeavour, supporting scientists, researchers, companies, NGOS, stakeholders, and everything in-between discover more about - and take better care of - this pale blue dot we call home. In today’s episode Samantha shares how she shifted her career from finance to ocean science, why she decided to pursue her PhD- and why she’s not giving up, and what science...
Published 06/16/21
Dr. Christine Figgener is the director of science and education at the Footprint Foundation and Costa Rican Alliance for Sea Turtle Conservation & Science (COASTS), founder of Nāmaka Conservation Science, and the researcher that filmed the sea turtle straw video. In today’s episode we chat about what brought Chris from Germany to study sea turtles in Costa Rica, why she prefers sea turtle research over whale research, and how one seemingly small action can create an entire...
Published 06/02/21
Nic Mink is a professor of environmental science and the co-founder and CEO of Sitka Salmon Shares, a direct to consumer, sea-to-table company. Join us as we chat about fish and fisheries, what a community supported fishery is, and why small, generational fisheries can be a good thing, and what you can do to help the fish that swim in the sea. Show Notes: marinebio.life/54 Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)
Published 05/19/21
Laura Smith is a marine biology PhD student currently hailing from Australia. In this episode, Laura  shares her stories behind the scenes aboard humpback whale boats, doing sea turtle research on the Great Barrier Reef, and how she found herself studying one of the most iconic fish in the sea.  Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)
Published 05/05/21
The first woman to command a federal vessel and the first woman Admiral in the NOAA Corps joins us on the podcast today. Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields (ret.) shares what the NOAA Corps is, why their work is vital to NOAA’s mission, and what it’s like to be...
Published 04/21/21
Join us for this wide-ranging episode. Today’s topics include: giant clams, red sea, great barrier reef, corals, imposter syndrome, and creative science. Melissa shares her frontline experience studying climate change on reefs, shares the beauty and...
Published 04/07/21
For this milestone episode, Laurie Bachelor is back on the podcast and we’re chatting about two of the biggest challenges our oceans face (overfishing and pollution) and how tending to your proverbial garden can save our planet.
Published 03/24/21
Elisama Menesez specializes in marine shipping for WWF Canada. In today’s episode, Eli shares how, growing up in Brazil, the ocean played an integral part of her life, and how she created a program that helps more people to connect with the sea. We also...
Published 03/10/21
Dr. Deborah Brosnan is the founder of Deborah Brosnan and Associates, a firm dedicated to finding smart solutions for environmental risks. Growing up in coastal Ireland, Dr. Brosnan knew she wanted to be a marine biologist from a young age. In today’s...
Published 02/24/21
Becoming a dolphin trainer is a dream job for many, including Nina Leipold. It wasn’t until after a pivotal internship actually training these amazing creatures that Nina realized she didn’t actually want to train them. She wanted them in the wild. Join...
Published 02/10/21
Bren Smith is a commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer, author of the book “Eat Like a Fish,” and the founder of GreenWave, a network of regenerative ocean farms found worldwide. Join us in today’s episode as we discuss how Bren decided to make the...
Published 01/28/21
Want to become a marine biologist but not sure where to start? Whether you're a student or a professional looking for a shift in careers, this episode has nuggets of where to look and how to get started.
Published 01/13/21
Angelique Brathwaite is a coral biologist and co-founder of Blue Finance, an organization shaping the seascape around protected areas in the ocean.  In today’s episode, we chat about what it’s like to be a coral reef scientist in the Caribbean, and what...
Published 12/30/20
Chris Debicki lives in the great white north of Canada and is the Vice President of Oceans North. Chris and Oceans North have played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine protected area in Canada. Chris wasn’t always in this role, however. He...
Published 12/16/20
Sarah Winter Whelan is an ocean lawyer with the American Littoral Society. In this episode, she shares how she discovered her passion for ocean policy, created a career out of it, and how policy shapes our ocean landscapes (and how you can get involved!)
Published 12/02/20
Marine biologist, tech guru, and all around ocean lover, Josh Pederson joins us on the show today. Josh shares stories of how he landed the dream job monitoring California’s kelp forests and creating some of the first marine science databases. Josh also...
Published 11/18/20