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Blue Earth

By Future Frogmen
The Blue Earth podcast is a show focused on ocean awareness and conservation. Season One's host is Future Frogmen's Founder, Richard E. Hyman, former Cousteau diver, ocean lover and conservation activist. Guest speakers include explorers, scientists. ocean farmers and more. They discuss their work and issues facing our ocean.
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Exploring the Scientific Potential of An Ancient Underwater Forest
Today Dan Distel comes on to discuss the Underwater Cypress Forest, an impressive new discovery that could lead to new medicines and scientific  discoveries. Distel is a researcher and scientist that works with Shipworms, another topic we discuss heavily. Listen in to see what Dan has to say! Follow us on Twitter @BlueEarthPod You can find Dan's current project, the Ocean Genome Legacy, at https://www.northeastern.edu/ogl. 
41:59
June 1, 2021
Sculpture Reefs: Underwater Art That Help to Save Our Coral
This week we interview Jolyon Collier, an artist and co-founder of Counting Coral, a non-profit that works hard in an attempt to preserve and spread awareness about Coral Bleaching and the destruction of an important aquatic resource. His team creates beautiful sculptures that act as artificial reefs and can be used to boost the environment, economy, and welfare of these areas.  To learn more or donate visit https://www.countingcoral.com. You can find us on Twitter @BlueEarthPod.  
45:49
May 26, 2021
Sandra Clopp Talks Extreme Diving, Shark Tooth Hunting, and Adventuring in the Modern Era
Today's episode introduces Sandra Clopp to the Blue Earth podcast! She talks about her wide range of skills, from her amazing diving stories to her fascination with Megalodon Teeth and the business of discovering them. Sandra is a fun conversationalist and a great diver and we're incredibly lucky to have her on.  You can find her on Twitter @ScubaDiverNYC or on her website. You can find us on Twitter @blueearthpod or on the Connecticut Scuba Academy website.
33:18
May 18, 2021
Underwater Robots and the Impact of Biological Intelligence
Today we sit down with Mark Patterson to discuss his autonomous underwater robots and how they're benefiting the world of science. We get into the interconnection of Engineering and Science, the concept of Biological Intelligence, and more! Check out the Marine Science Center here. Follow us on Twitter @blueearthpod.
47:21
May 11, 2021
Living in the Deep: Fabien Cousteau Discusses His Underwater Research Station
In this episode we're joined with Fabien Cousteau, a researcher and explorer who has explored the ocean for his entire life. Fabien has been working hard to get funding for Proteus, which he claims will be the "ISS of the Ocean". He is working on a long-term living facility that would put scientists and divers under the waves for months at a time. We discuss the project as well as his other explorations under the sea. Fabien's website: https://www.fabiencousteauolc.org Find us on twitter @BlueEarthPod.
44:07
May 3, 2021
Aquatic Education: A New School of Thought
Peter Solomon joins us today to discuss the Sound School, a specialized high school that focuses on providing young people with a unique and quality education to prepare them for the world of water. The students learn about what it means to work in an aquatic environment and are prepared for a host of careers, from scientific research to the technology behind aquaculture. Peter has been with the Sound School for his entire teaching career and has helped to grow multiple programs into what they are today. Join us to discover what the future of education could be. Follow us @blueearthpod on Twitter. Find the Sound School at http://sound.school.
41:06
April 26, 2021
Wasted Water: The Impact of Human Waste on Marine Environments
Today's episode features Dr. Stephanie Wear, a marine ecologist and spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy. She has spent her career researching and developing new strategies to reduce threats to coral reefs and ocean ecosystems and paying special attention to how the fates of reefs and people are intertwined. She has worked to make a difference in many communities and strives to bring attention to how our waste impacts our water, and on our impact to the world's coral reefs.  You can find us on Twitter @BlueEarthPod.
51:14
April 19, 2021
A Human's Footprint: Bringing Our Ecological Impact Down to Size
Brian Helmuth joins us today to discuss the impact of humankind on the creatures and habitats of our ocean. Brian is a professor at Northeastern University and a researcher that focuses on exactly how climate change is affecting those who live in and around the water. Today's topics cover everything from weather forecasting to the Underwater Cyprus Forest and a whole lot more. You can find Brian on Twitter @Aquanaut1967 and at his website: https://helmuthlab.cos.northeastern.edu. Find us on Twitter @blueearthpod!
46:22
April 12, 2021
Making New Waves: Introducing the Connecticut Scuba Academy
Today’s episode ushers in a new age for the Blue Earth Podcast, bringing back former host Richard Hyman to discuss the podcast and Future Frogmen as the Connecticut Scuba Academy takes over both as a parent nonprofit. Tom Montuori, CSA President, speaks on the future of the show and more. Today’s episode welcomes Jon Sherburne, longtime producer, as Host. Follow us on Twitter @BlueEarthPod Connecticut Scuba Academy: https://ctscuba.org
40:31
April 5, 2021
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink : Sustainable Ocean Management
Hear how Dr. Kathryn Mengerink and her team at the Waitt Institute work in partnership with governments, NGOs, and ocean experts across the globe to develop and implement comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management.
56:52
March 30, 2021
Sound Family Ties: A Multi-Generational Oyster Farm
Jonathan Waters and his daughter, Emilie Waters Harris are renowned Oyster Farmers from the Thimble Islands in Connecticut.  Hear the story of how they both moved away for a period of time, but were both drawn back to the beauty of the Sound.
48:52
March 23, 2021
Citizens of the Ocean
Peter Neill is an author and an editor on environmental and ocean issues, and the founding Director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place for education and information exchange on the health of the ocean. Hear Peter’s commitment to building an expansive global community of Citizens of the Ocean to promote and conserve marine resources for the future of all mankind. Find us on Social Media @FutureFrogmen or www.futureforgmen.org
35:09
March 16, 2021
Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland
What does it take for individuals, communities and systems to adapt to change? Hear Dr. Matthias Kokorsch’s community resilience framework that lays out six key parameters for community and social resilience. Find us on social media @FutureFrogmen or on our website www.futurefrogmen.org
42:51
March 12, 2021
The Path To A Smaller Carbon Footprint
Hannah Bacon is walking over 2,000 miles from California to Virginia Beach because she was terrified after reading, The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells.  After evaluating her own carbon footprint, Hannah is on a mission to raise awareness about climate change and to support the Sunrise Movement for immediate climate action.
37:05
March 2, 2021
Diving Into Happiness with Brendan De Grim
Brendan De Grim, Dive Safety Officer for The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut was fascinated by diving at an early age.  Learn about his journey when he decided to follow his heart and turned his passion for diving into his occupation.
52:55
February 23, 2021
Cottage City Oysters: A Labor of Love
Brothers Dan and Greg Martino are on a mission to grow the best oysters in the most eco-friendly, sustainable way.  Come hear their story and why their work growing Cottage City Oysters is a labor of love.
44:29
February 15, 2021
Advocating for Ocean Literacy
Dr. Syma Ebbin explains why it is important to build Ocean Literacy and why we should bring science and the humanities together so we can embrace different perspectives in order to make progress in our fight against climate change.
37:51
February 9, 2021
Student Spotlight: An Ocean Ambassador and Future Leader
Who volunteers at Future Frogmen? Students like Halle Berger who was chosen this year for Sea Grant’s John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. Having received her Master’s in Oceanography from UCONN she is now going for her Ph.D.  Come hear her story and how Future Frogmen fosters future leaders to protect our ocean.
23:44
February 1, 2021
Pivoting in a Pandemic: Project Oceanology's Shift During COVID-19
Dr. Molly Jacobs from Project Oceanology talks about how pivoting activities to adapt to Covid-19 has helped her organization reframe how to nurture student and public interest for marine sciences while capitalizing on new opportunities for outreach.
41:08
January 25, 2021
Finding a New Frontier with a Kelp Farmer
Today we speak with Jonathan McGee, who created New England Sea Farms after a tv show sparked his interest in growing kelp. Jonathan talks about his kelp farming business and background, as well as why Kelp production is so important. Follow us on social media @futurefrogmen!
39:37
January 18, 2021
Paths Converge to Purpose: Mitigating Climate Change
This episode follows Dr. Emma Cross, a marine scientist who grew up in the United Kingdom and has traveled the world researching the impacts of climate change on marine organisms. Her story is one that demonstrates how the paths we take in life can lead to our purpose. Hear how she is exploring innovative ways to mitigate climate change in a sustainable way that can also sustainably feed humanity. You can find us on social media @FutureFrogmen or at our website www.futurefrogmen.org
41:51
January 11, 2021
The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau
We finally return with a new episode of the Blue Earth Podcast, which will be airing every week starting with this episode! We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we'll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.  What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution. You can find us on all social media @FutureFrogmen, and on our website www.futurefrogmen.org
35:50
January 4, 2021
An Inclusive Approach To Ocean Sustainability
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast features Dr. Colleen Bielitz, who oversees strategic initiatives and outreach for Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. On January 4th, 2021 Colleen will take the helm as our new host, for season two of the Blue Earth podcast. She brings to the show an impressive record as an education leader and constructive disruptive innovator. Collen is  passionate about social justice, gender equality, and resolving social problems in sustainable and efficient ways, including ocean ecosystems, and shares exciting developments about the Blue Economy and a precious estuary known as the Long Island Sound. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org. Look for Future Frogmen on social media @futurefrogmen.
57:44
November 30, 2020
Climate Change Impact On Marine Species
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is from our video vault. We’ve repurposed it for you to hear. The virtual panel of graduate students and postdocs from Northeastern, Stony Brook and UConn discuss their research on how climate change impacts the species that they personally study, e.g. dungeness crabs, blue mussels, sea scallops, atlantic silversides, and plankton. You’ll hear a few references to slides that they showed but we think the narrative alone is quite good and you’ll receive plenty of great content. We postponed the originally scheduled UN’s World Oceans Week date due to our support of the STEM Walkout. The panel expresses their thoughts on addressing systemic racism within STEM. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
01:06:13
November 23, 2020
Predicting the Ocean’s Future
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast features Dr. Samantha Siedlecki of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences. Dr. Siedlecki works in the Coastal Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory at UConn’s Avery Point Campus. A beautiful waterfront campus in Groton, Connecticut, located on the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Thames River. She is an accomplished biogeochemical oceanographer who is focused on investigating the coastal ocean, and forecasting scenarios, including the impact of ocean acidification on many species such as Dungeness Crabs and sea scallops. Importantly, Dr. Siedlecki also works with coastal communities, particularly fisheries, in order to help them plan for the future and to be more resilient. Dr. Siedlecki shares how she became curious about and attracted to the ocean, her subsequent education, past and new projects on both the east and west coast of the U.S., what it means to be an Advisor to graduate students, her thoughts on the state of the ocean and its future, and what we as individuals can do to help the ocean. For more information check out https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/person/samantha-siedlecki/ and futurefrogmen.org. Look for Future Frogmen on social media @futurefrogmen.
44:05
November 16, 2020
How Does A Town Ban Single-Use Plastics?
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a story about a young man, a lifeguard, who didn’t like seeing the trash on his beautiful beach and decided to do something about it. Andrew Colabella, a driven individual, explains how he teamed with others to propose and enact ground-breaking legislation that successfully banned single-use plastics in a town of about 28,000 people; Westport, Connecticut’s restaurants and businesses. Westport is the same town that 11 years earlier was the first town east of the Mississippi to ban plastic bags. Brilliant! If you listen, like other towns have done, you can do this in your very own town. The Westport ordinance is even available to you as public information. For more information check out https://p3-wpt.org and futurefrogmen.org. Look for Future Frogmen on social media @futurefrogmen.
01:08:50
November 9, 2020
Solving Environmental Issues With Economic Tools
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast features Dr. Patrick Heidkamp, Professor of Geography, and the current Chair of the Department of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. Southern has a new Werth Center For Coastal and Marine Studies, which is quite impressive. Check it out at https://www.southernct.edu/ccms Patrick shares his journey, which illustrates that it’s not always a straight line and the trip along the way can teach valuable lessons and perspectives. His observations and practices, driven by human rights and environmental advocacy, coupled with pragmatic economic solutions are examples of how as he says, we can innovate our way out of environmental problems. Patrick also talks about Southern’s Project Blue and international Coastal Transitions Conference. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
01:09:60
November 2, 2020
Biodiversity In The Living World
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Dr. Wade Worthen, Professor of Biology at Furman University. As a community ecologist he uses insect communities as model systems. His views on biodiversity are important and enlightening. It’s the story of a man who in his youth couldn’t get enough of the neighborhood’s wooded wonderland. As he grew, so did his curiosity about the natural world. The family physician became a role model to learn more about science. Wade earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell and Masters and PhD from Rutgers University. He shares personal and academic observations about the precious aquatic ecosystems within inland waterways and estuaries.. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
59:18
October 26, 2020
Inspiring Hope For Coral Reefs
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Ken Nedimyer, a CNN Hero for “Defending The Planet”. It’s a story about a former commercial fisherman who proactively worked with state and federal groups to ensure a sustainable future. His observations about reefs in jeopardy led to possible ways to save them. He became an innovative coral reef advocate and coral reef nursery innovator, not only in the Florida Keys but around the globe. Ken moved to Florida as a boy, he fell in love with the ocean and its many creatures. After earning his degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University, he headed south to the Keys and never looked back. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
58:28
October 19, 2020
The Art of Eco-Friendly Yachting
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Andy McNab. Andy’s youth was in New Zealand, by the ocean, where he frequently surfed and sailed. In 1979, aboard a 36-foot lightweight trimaran, he and some friends departed New Zealand on a five-month sail to San Francisco. Along the way they saw miles of unattended long line buoys. Also, even then, as they sailed through the Southern Pacific Gyre, which is today also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there was a remarkable amount of marine debris. Andy’s career is in boat building and yacht construction. He shares personal insights into how the industry’s mindset and practices are changing in order to reduce its environmental impact. From biofouling to construction materials, underwater noise levels to plastic waste, and boat deconstruction and recycling, the yachting industry seems to finally be promoting a more sustainable “cradle-to-grave” mindset. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and look for @futurefrogmen on social media.
47:57
October 13, 2020
"Into The Planet": With Jill Heinerth
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Jill Heinerth, a world famous underwater explorer. Jill’s specialty is cave diving. She photographs, films and writes about her journeys “Into The Planet”. https://www.intotheplanet.com Her awards and recognitions include the William Beebe Award from the Explorers Club, and being the first Explorer in Residence and recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. If you enjoy this episode, click here to check out a different video conversation that we had with Jill.  For more information please subscribe to our newsletter https://www.futurefrogmen.org/connect and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
46:37
October 5, 2020
Future Water Resources: From a Climatology Perspective
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Alexandre Tuel. It’s audio from a previous conversation that our host, Richard Hyman had with Alex. The two met when in 2019, when Alex invited Richard to be the Keynote at MIT Water Night. At that time Alex was the President of the MIT Water Club, and a  PhD Candidate at MIT, studying hydrology, climatology, and water.  Dr. Alex Tuel has graduated and is back in France conducting research.  He discusses how our climate, particularly precipitation, has changed and will continue to change, impacting rainfall in various regions around the globe. For more information please check us out at https://www.futurefrogmen and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
16:58
September 30, 2020
Where Diving Can Take You: The Career Of A Diving Doctor
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Dr. Nicholas Bird. Nick takes us inside the intriguing world of hyperbaric medicine. Essentially born for the treatment of divers’ decompression sickness, today it goes way beyond diving, to treating diabetes, wounds and other ailments. Nick looks at life through a thoughtful lens. His career includes med school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, being a Major in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom and deputy commander of the hyperbaric and wound care center at Travis AFB, and CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Divers Alert Network. For more information subscribe to our newsletter https://www.futurefrogmen.org/connect and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
55:19
September 28, 2020
Diving Into Life: Talking To A True Adventurer
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Clay Wilcox. He’s a friend of our podcast host, Richard Hyman, Clay is an accomplished SCUBA diver, U.S. mountain bike champ, commercial aviation pilot, and he’s quite the chef! Get this...as a teenager he spent a summer working in Martha Stewart’s kitchen! It so happened that Clay was mid-way through commercial diving school in New York, when he got a chance to board the famed ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau’s ship, Calypso…as a fill-in cook. That eventually led to becoming a Cousteau diver. For more information subscribe to our newsletter https://www.futurefrogmen.org/connect and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
01:21:06
September 21, 2020
Brain Food: The Chemical Finding Its Way Into Your Food And Beverages
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Brian Adams, President and CEO of the Brain Institute of America. He simplifies an explanation of developing biomarkers for neurological disorders and malignancies of the brain, and ties the risks of BPA and other chemicals found in plastic food containers, bottles and even inside cans. For more information subscribe to our newsletter https://www.futurefrogmen.org/connect and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
55:36
September 14, 2020
Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author. Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck. Richie has traveled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic. For more information subscribe to our newsletter https://www.futurefrogmen.org/connect and look for us on social media @futurefrogmen.
01:33:40
September 7, 2020
Finding Your Own Voice
This episode is a conversation with John St. Augustine, one of America’s top talk radio hosts with over 14,000 episodes and 5,000 guests. He’s an accomplished author, public speaker and environmentalist. Today John’s work includes the Life 2.0 podcast, which can be found on Podbean and wherever you listen. Richard and John had a mutual friend in the deceased gifted songwriter and singer John Denver. John shares stories about Living an Uncommon Life, the title of one of his books. They also discuss “Earth Matters”, including ocean acidification and plastic. The Blue Earth podcast can be found at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you like to listen. For more information check out futurefrogmen.org and @futurefrogmen on social media.
01:21:35
August 31, 2020
Dark Water & Indigenous Vision
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with Souta Calling Last, The Executive Director of Indigenous Vision and an environmental justice advocate,  Souta is a Native American, of the Blackfeet and Blood tribes. She shares amazing influential stories from when she was a child and how they shaped her commitment to environmental stewardship. Souta has extensive experience in groundwater monitoring, watershed health, and community participatory-based research, and has extensive knowledge about water quality, water treatment and mining contamination clean-up. She believes that land and Indigenous people are inextricably linked, and that sustainable land management must include Indigenous perspectives. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth wherever you get your podcasts.  For information about Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org. We're also on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
01:06:16
August 25, 2020
Hair of a Mermaid, Soul of a Gypsy
That’s how Breezy Grenier describes herself. This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with Breezy. She’s on the go but we caught up with her just after she got her new 200 ton Captain’s license, and before the Downeast Challenge sailing race from Marblehead, Massachusetts to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Breezy is a multidisciplinary ocean scientist by education, and also an accomplished mariner, educator and business entrepreneur. A modern day explorer with the ocean being her home, workplace and playground. She shares stories about being at sea, including both the Arctic and the Antarctic, and what it was like aboard NOAA’s Okeanus Explorer. She said that unfortunately she sees plastic most everywhere she goes, even in the middle of the ocean. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen. For information about Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org. We're also on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
35:31
August 19, 2020
Pure and Plentiful Water: Maintaining Hope For A Cleaner Tomorrow
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with Father Andrea Vicini, S.J. of Boston College. He is Professor of Moral Theology and Professor of Bioethics. He holds numerous degrees including an M.D. from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. from Boston College. His research interests include moral theology, bioethics, genetics and environmental issues.  Future Frogmen’s President, Richard Hyman, first met Father at Fairfield University, where he lectured on “Saving the Earth: Ethics, Health Care, and the Common Good". Richard was impressed by Father Vicini’s ability to relate to the common man, and his concern for the earth and environmental sustainability. Given today’s humanitarian crisis, and forced migrations as a result of sea level rise and other impacts, we thought it was important to repurpose our 2019 video conversation with Father Vicini, and share it with you on Blue Earth. Our guest host for this episode is Donald M. Kerwin Jr., the Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York. Mr. Kerwin writes and speaks extensively on immigration policy, refugee protection, access to justice, national security, and other issues. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen. For information about Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org. We're also on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
43:44
August 3, 2020
Helping Aquaculture Farmers Sea Crystal Blue
This episode of Blue Earth features a Southern Connecticut State University Masters student, who pitches a technology-based service that helps kelp farmers. Kelp grows in underwater forests, in shallow oceans, including in this case, Long Island Sound. Future Frogmen hosted this Shark Tank-like event In celebration of 2020’s World Oceans Week. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen, e.g. Apple, Google, Spotify and more. For info on Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org, and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
14:59
July 31, 2020
Brewing A Kelp-Based Revolution
This episode of Blue Earth features two Southern Connecticut State University students, who each pitch an early stage business idea for a product that uses kelp. Kelp grows in underwater forests, in shallow oceans, including in this case, Long Island Sound. Today's ideas include an all-inclusive Kelp Festival and a Kelp Kombucha drink.  Future Frogmen hosted this Shark Tank-like event In celebration of 2020’s World Oceans Week. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen, e.g. Apple, Google, Spotify and more. For info on Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org, and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
18:02
July 29, 2020
Kelp: Creating Green Products From Our Blue Ocean
This episode of "Blue Earth" features two Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) students, who each pitch an early stage business idea for a product that uses kelp. This is the first of three episodes being released this week that all focus on blue ways to make some green. This episode focuses on two very different items that create a lot of waste. The proposed products, both use kelp, which grows in underwater forests, in this case, in the Long Island Sound. Future Frogmen hosted this Shark Tank-like event In celebration of 2020’s World Oceans Week. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen, e.g. Apple, Google, Spotify and more. For info on Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org, and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
22:28
July 28, 2020
Predatory Plastic: How the Same Stuff That Pollutes Our Water Pollutes Your Body
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with John Scott, Senior Chemist at the University of Illinois’, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. He is focused on emerging contaminants such as microplastics, and is member of the Center’s Applied Research on Industrial and Environmental Systems (ARIES). John speaks about his research on microplastics, including sizes, shapes, and materials, plus chemical composition and absorption, field studies, how much we have yet to learn, and COVID-related PPE waste. John was on a panel that Richard moderated at the 2019 MIT Water Summit. They along with representatives of the EPA and NOAA discussed the Health and Ecological Impacts of Plastic. Look for more episodes of Blue Earth at https://anchor.fm/blueearth or wherever you listen. For info on Future Frogmen check out www.futurefrogmen.org, and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
40:55
July 22, 2020
Environmental Action & Activism in 2020
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with David Helvarg, an author, journalist, and environmental activist. He is also the founder and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign.  David shares positive constructive thoughts and ideas about topics including “50 Ways To Save The Ocean”, the Ocean Climate Action Plan, why your individual vote does matter, and the relationship between the environment and racial justice. David is a friend of Future Frogmen. Richard organized Connecticut’s delegation at David’s last Blue Vision Summit held in Washington D.C., which included most state’s delegations meeting with their Congresspeople on day two, “Hill Day”. Future Frogmen will definitely be involved in the next Summit in D.C. Look for more episodes and information about us at www.futurefrogmen.org and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
47:56
July 13, 2020
Ocean Cleanup: A Classroom Conversation
This episode of Blue Earth is a Q&A between Demi Fox, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Northeast Regional Coordinator, and an 11 th grade science class at The Grauer School in Encinitas, CA. Topics include the sources of marine debris, zero waste initiatives, recycling, the value of taking small steps and changing mindsets. Demi is a friend of Future Frogmen. Her previous conversation with Richard can be viewed here. She received her B.S. in biological science from Florida State and Master of Environmental Management degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. You can find more episodes and information about us at www.futurefrogmen.org and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
36:52
July 7, 2020
Conserving and Restoring Migratory Fish Habitats
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation with Steve Gephard, a Supervising Fisheries Biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Fisheries Division. He manages: 1.) The Diadromous Fish Program: Promoting conservation and restoration of fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater, such as salmon, shad and eels. 2.) The Habitat Conservation and Enhancement Program: Protecting fish habitat through permit reviews and actively seeking to restore habitat, including providing landowners with technical assistance on matter such as dam removal. Check out our website at www.futurefrogmen.org and find us on social media @futurefrogmen. 
59:43
June 29, 2020
The Scourge of Plastic: A Conversation with Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Ms. Dianna Cohen, the Co-Founder and CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a nonprofit organization.  Dianna is also a visual artist, who primarily uses plastic bags as material. She has spoken at the United Nations and numerous international conferences, including the MIT Water Summit, where we met Dianna last year. Dianna studied Biology, Art, and Film at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and holds a BA in Fine Arts. You can find us at www.futurefrogmen.org and most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
43:06
June 24, 2020
Ecological Restoration in the Long Island Sound Region
This episode of Blue Earth is a conversation about Ecological Restoration in the Long Island Sound region. The Sound is a 120-mile long tidal estuary between Long Island, NY to the south and Connecticut to the north. It’s fed by both fresh water tributaries and saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean. Gwen MacDonald and Alex Krofta, both from Save The Sound discuss ecological restoration and share insights into water monitoring, fishways (ladders), green infrastructure, rain gardens, urban restoration, dam removal and more. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Linkedin @FutureFrogmen, or visit our website futurefrogmen.org to see blog posts, stay up to date on events, and listen to more podcasts!
01:07:48
June 18, 2020
Dungeness Crabs: Predicting Vulnerability to Climate Change
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Ms. Halle Berger. Halle is a valuable volunteer at Future Frogmen. She will soon graduate from the University Connecticut with a Masters in Marine Science. Her undergraduate studies were in Marine Biology at Northeastern University. Halle’s expertise is the study of Dungeness Crabs and the Impact of Climate Change upon this species. We hope you enjoy this informative conversation. Give us a follow on social media: We’re on every platform @futurefrogmen, or find us at www.futurefrogmen.org.
23:56
June 11, 2020
Ellen Cuylaerts, Professional Photographer & Curator of the 2020 U.N. World Oceans Day Photography Competition
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Ms. Ellen Cuylaerts, our Belgian friend who currently lives in Grand Cayman. Ellen is a brilliant wildlife photographer, who shoots both underwater as well as on land (and ice). Ellen shares how a bit later in life she became interested in diving and photography, how she overcame a fear of water, what it is like to suffer from decompression sickness (the bends), and why she likes exploring and photographing in frigid water. Ellen is the Curator of the 2020 United Nations World Oceans Day Photography Competition. We are presenting this episode as part of our partnership with The Friends of the United Nations World Oceans Day. The episode was adapted from the Future Frogmen organization's video Conversation Series.
01:07:60
June 5, 2020
Mental Health and Water: Blue Mind with Wallace J. Nichols
This inaugural episode of the Blue Earth Podcast takes a look at keeping a healthy mind by being in and around water. Our guest, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, is a well known neuroscientist, activist and author of the book Blue Mind.  The episode was adapted from the Future Frogmen organization's video Conversation Series. Future Frogmen is a nonprofit organization and public charity that fosters ocean ambassadors and future leaders. To learn more, visit FutureFrogmen.org and follow @futurefrogmen on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Snapchat.
59:54
May 29, 2020