Episodes
There are many issues that are facing this world that have science-based solutions that are not getting solved and it's because people are taking swipes at scientists in every field, but is it because scientists and conservationists don't seem accessible to the public; therefore, I am going to tell you about my favourite tool: podcasts are a great tool to reach the public.   In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you how podcasts can help connect...
Published 05/11/22
Climate change consequences have been talked about for decades and people have been ignoring them, but know those consequences are happening and people are paying the price; therefore, it's time to talk about their impact and how we can move forward with better action.   In today's episode, I am going to be talking about the record low lake levels of the Lake Mead /Colorado River system and how that could affect the drinking water supply for over 20 million people.   Links: Holding...
Published 05/09/22
It is really difficult to find a job in marine science and conservation lately so many early career scientists search for internships before full time or temporary jobs, but is an internship in their best interest? I am a huge proponent of getting a job over an internship when possible.   In this episode, I discuss why early career scientists should focus on search for jobs instead of internships.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course:...
Published 05/06/22
Science Communication is one of the most important parts of conservation as it is responsible for getting complex information to your audience, but people are used to simple sound bites rather than long explanations; therefore, SciCommers need to adapt and get their points across easily.   In today's episode, I am going to be discussing how to get your point across while holding your audience's attention.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course:...
Published 05/04/22
Everyone loves food, you can tell by the number of restaurants that are in a city/town/village. There is a food network with chef battles and mouth-watering dishes. Many cultures use food as a way to socialize and build relationships. But do you ever worry about how the future of our food will be secured in a time when the world will be changing? Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions is looking at how blue food security will be affected by a number of changes including the...
Published 05/02/22
We own a lot of stuff and we love to buy stuff, but that stuff leads to a life of waste and builds on our impact on the oceans; therefore we need to move towards a net zero impact.   In today's episode, I am going to provide you with an example of an organization that is moving towards net zero...the Toronto Zoo, and how the entire organization is working together to get to net zero.   Wild For Life Podcast: Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3KfYm7q Spotify: https://spoti.fi/39axsRD   ...
Published 04/29/22
Earth day has come and gone. It's a day to reflect on how we treat the planet and many people, workplaces, and so forth work to do a clean-up in parks or other areas within their communities, but does that do the trick? Is Earth day enough to help get people to act for a better planet?   Today, you will be learning how you can leverage Earth Day to help the planet.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out...
Published 04/27/22
We know the problems that many of the common single-use plastics cause in the ocean and we also know that there are plenty of people working to create policies to ban these plastics, but there are more microplastics being used and are entering the environment; therefore, Joe Barnes and Elisa Davey (graduates students from American University) are going to let you know about some of the microplastics and how they are getting into the ocean.   Connect with Elisa Davey: Instagram:...
Published 04/25/22
When you hear about the issues that are facing the ocean you want to help and you will do whatever you can to help the ocean, but sometimes your effort, although well intended, does not hit right; therefore, in this episode, I am going to tell you how you can maximize your efforts by doing the best actions to save the ocean.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers...
Published 04/22/22
Governments at various levels have the authority to zone land for different purposes such as parks and commercial/residential zoning and the government departments will work together to provide the best outlook for the area, but the way departments refer to an entity such as a habitat, may differ in how it's treated and could cause differences in how it is treated.   Register for the "Building an online community through audio storytelling": https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx Facebook Group:...
Published 04/20/22
Countries first started to map the Arctic Ocean to show that their northern continental shelf extended far enough to lay claim to the world's northernmost oil deposits and it became a race for sovereignty, but researchers took advantage of the funding to discover and explore the Arctic Ocean bottom; therefore, the researchers were able to discover that the Arctic ocean bottom is changing and it is because of warming temperatures.   Link to Article:...
Published 04/18/22
Graduating with a Marine Biology degree is a great accomplishment and new graduates are ready to start looking for a job with eagerness, but they quickly realize that there aren't many jobs available for new graduates...with little experience; therefore, I am going to tell you how you can stand out from the crowd and get a job after graduating. Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG ...
Published 04/15/22
Building a connection to the ocean is crucial to getting people interested in conserving the ocean. Marine theme parks that hold orcas, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are often advertised as ways to build the connection between people and the ocean; however, what cost are we willing to spend on building the connection.  Marine mammals are not healthy in captivity and it's time that we end this experiment.  Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: ...
Published 04/13/22
Smoking has been banned in most indoor public buildings and restaurants to increase the health of all people forcing smokers to move their habits outside but smokers now discard their cigarette butts on the street where they end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Therefore, more policies need to be implemented and enforced so that we keep the oceans clean. Links: 1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721034550 2) ...
Published 04/11/22
Erin Smith, Chief Sole Officer, joins me on the podcast to discuss her journey navigating the tech world to taking over and growing a thriving social enterprise that cleans up flip flops that are washed up on the beach and pay artisans to create beautiful animal pieces from them.  Buy one of their pieces and use the code SPEAKUP for 15% off. If you spend more than $250, you will receive a bracelet made by Masai women.  Connect with Ocean Sole Africa: Website: https://oceansoleonline.com/ ...
Published 04/08/22
There were two memes that inspired me to think about how we, as marine biologists, promote our field to aspiring marine biologists. We tell everyone that being a marine biologist is a great profession and brings great adventure, but we leave out some details that may help younger people make a valuable decision as to whether they should pursue their passion. It seems as though we are misleading aspiring marine biologists. Therefore, this episode was created to help you understand the...
Published 04/06/22
A recent oil spill that covers 18,000 square meters of the coast of Lima, Peru may result in a fine of $37 million dollars, but is it enough? The Spanish company (Repsol) involved is not new to these offenses as it is the fourth time an oil spill has occurred in the area. Oil companies are made of money and they may not be happy about forking over millions of dollars to pay a fine, but they can afford it.  I think they should be sanctioned where they cannot do business for months or even...
Published 04/04/22
Pat Shnettler joins me on the podcast to tell me the story of what led him to co-found 12 Tides, a sustainable seafood business that sells nutrient-rich kelp chips to people who want a tasty snack that is ocean safe.  Buy 12 Tides Kelp chips here: https://12tides.com/ Connect with 12 Tides: https://www.instagram.com/12tides/ Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 
Published 04/01/22
Have you ever had someone say to you that they are over the bans on plastic straws or changing their behaviour to help the ocean is too hard? It's a frustrating experience, but it tells us that people are not educated on ocean issues and may not want to be. However, we need to make sure the right information is out there so that people who want to be educated on the ocean can do their part.  In this episode, I discuss how we can change our SciComm approach to blend in better on digital...
Published 03/30/22
We often wait too late until we change the bad things we do in society. Climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet and we are still debating on whether it's real.  Now, a study showed that microplastics are in the human bloodstream so are we going to do something more radical about plastic pollution so this doesn't become a bigger problem than the crisis it already is? Link to article: https://bit.ly/3iGHWK7 Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf ...
Published 03/28/22
You grow up wanting to be marine biologists and pursue the tough road through their undergraduate and graduate careers, but after you graduate, you can’t find a job, therefore you get extremely frustrated and sad, or maybe worse, you give up. In this episode, I am going to show you why there is hope for you and your career by offering you one piece of advice that helped me when I was in your position. Join the Marine Science & Conservation Careers Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI ...
Published 03/25/22
Many scientists love communicating their science to the public and they know that science communication is the key to improving conservation, but when they do SciComm they tend to not be their authentic selves causing their audience to disengage. Therefore, in order for SciComm to be effective scientists must connect with their audience by being themselves. In this episode, I provide advice and reasons why you should be yourself and the benefits that go along with it when doing SciComm. ...
Published 03/23/22
Mass bleaching is happening more often for longer periods of time every year causing more damage than in previous years and it looks as though coral reefs will change in composition unless something is done to help them adapt, but climate change is not a switch that can be turned on and off. Therefore, certain adaptations will need to be taken in for the survival of coral reefs as we know them. In this episode, I am going to tell you about a study that tests whether corals can be trained to...
Published 03/21/22
Climate change is rearing its ugly head in many forms, including wildfires, mass coral bleaching, major glaciers and ice sheets melting, and an increase in major storms. the damage of climate change consequences are costing governments billions upon billions of dollars forcing the same governments to develop policies to help curb greenhouse gas emissions. The governments are also calling on individuals to change the way they behave to also help reduce their footprint. One change is to buy an...
Published 03/18/22
Indigenous conservation success may not be the same for Western scientists and conservationists, yet we often approach conservation in Indigenous communities with our own preconceived notions of conservation success.  Angelo Villagomez joins me on the podcast to discuss what Indigenous-led conservation means and how it is important to include it in marine conservation.  Link for Angelo: Twitter: https://bit.ly/3tkzerf Website: https://www.angelovillagomez.com/ Website:...
Published 03/16/22