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The Natural Selection Podcast

The Natural Selection Podcast

By The Natural Selection
The podcast bringing you the latest work and research within the conservation sector, making conservation accessible for all.

Produced by the Bioscience MSc Students at the University of Exeter.
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Ep 7: Using lights to mitigate fisheries bycatch with SafetyNet Technologies

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Ep 11 (2): Sinking into Seaspiracy with Dr. Bryce Stewart
If you have seen Seaspiracy, you will want to listen to this. And if you haven't? You need to listen to this. Dr. Bryce Stewart, marine ecologist and fisheries biologist from the University of York, joins us to discuss the controversial Netflix documentary and offers us some much needed ocean optimism.
September 05, 2021
Ep 11 (1): Navigating UK fisheries in post-Brexit seas with Dr. Bryce Stewart
The UK fishing industry was close to causing a no-deal in the Brexit negotiations. But what does Brexit really mean for our UK fisheries and why do we need to care? Listen now to find out with co-hosts Emily and Jimmy interviewing Dr. Bryce Stewart, marine ecologist and fisheries biologist from the University of York.
September 05, 2021
Ep 10: Reconnecting people and nature with Peter Wohlleben
Sacha and Amelia talk to forester and best-selling author Peter Wohlleben about his newest book, The Heartbeat of Trees. We discuss Peter's journey into forestry and role as a "tree translator", the importance of forests and how we can protect them.
July 05, 2021
Ep 9: Planting trees to reach carbon neutrality with 9trees
9Trees is a conservation project which fights climate change and improves biodiversity by planting 9 trees for each subscriber each year to balance their carbon footprint. This week on the Natural Selection Podcast, Ellie and Daihan sit down with Ash Kent and Michael Cunningham, the founders of 9Trees, to talk about how planting trees can help to reach carbon neutrality and enhance biodiversity. We hope you enjoy listening!
May 16, 2021
Ep 8: The human dimension of shark management with Claire Collins
Caroline and Amelia talk to PhD student Claire Collins about the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to shark management. In this episode, we discuss Claires recently published paper, which explores human perceptions and compliance towards the 2012 Thresher shark blanket ban in Sir Lanka. She highlights the importance of working with fishers and local collaborators when making management decisions and fills us with hope for the future of shark conservation. Help us prolong the heyday for sharks by tuning in and sharing this episode! 
April 11, 2021
Ep 7: Using lights to mitigate fisheries bycatch with SafetyNet Technologies
SafetyNet Technologies are a team of engineers and business planners collaborating with scientists to turn their theories into usable devices, such as LED systems, with the aim of making fishermen's lives easier and commercial fishing more sustainable. This week on the Natural Selection Podcast, Francesca and Rob sit down with Dan Watson, the Co-Founder and CEO of SNTech and Tom Rossiter, the Sales Lead at SNTech. We hope that you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed the conversation!
March 28, 2021
Ep6: Reintroducing beavers to Britain with Sophie Pavelle
Rob talks to Sophie Pavelle about the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver to the UK. We discuss the story of beavers in Britain so far, how important collaboration is to reintroductions and why it’s important to recognise both the positive and negative changes that come along with beaver reintroductions. Tune in, enjoy and join the beaver believers!
March 14, 2021
Ep 5: Fighting the illegal chimp trade with Jenny Desmond
Listen up! For our next podcast, we will be chatting all things chimp with the inspiring Jenny Desmond, co-founder of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection, and star of BBC Two documentary ‘Baby Chimp Rescue’.  Tune in to hear the Desmond’s story - how they came to create the first chimp rescue centre in Liberia, their fight against the illegal wildlife trade and the importance of education initiatives in changing public perception. 
February 28, 2021
Ep 4: Putting peatlands front and centre with Josh Styles
Emily talks with Josh Styles, a highly distinguished Botanist, science communicator, and champion for some the UK’s most threatened plants and habitats. Josh talks about our severely threatened peatlands, their importance, and how they are being restored. Listen now to find out how “we can make peatbogs sexy”! We challenge you not to fall in love with peatlands by the end!
February 14, 2021
Ep 3: Greenpeace International: Jennifer Morgan, IED
This week on the Natural Selection Podcast, Caroline and Jimmy sit down with Jennifer Morgan, the International Executive director of Greenpeace International. Jennifer is a leading expert on climate issues and civil society advocacy, recently voted by Apolitical as one of the world’s top 20 most influential people in climate policy.  This week Jennifer chats to us about Greenpeace, her hopes and fears for the future of our planet, and shares valuable advice for any young climate activist that is looking to kickstart a conservation career. We hope that you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed the conversation!
January 31, 2021
Ep 2: Stopping the spread of invasive species with Chris Sharpe
And we are back, with our first guest of the new year, Chris Sharpe. Chris Sharpe has been a volunteer with Falmouth Marine Conservation for 3 years and is the lead coordinator for the Pacific Oyster surveys around the Cornish coastline.   Chris chats to us about the impact of Pacific Oysters on the natural marine environment in Cornwall, how they are managed and discusses methods for more sustainable harvest.
January 17, 2021
Ep 1: New year, new team !
Welcome to our first episode of 2021!  Listen in to meet the new committee taking over for 2021, learn more about what The Natural Selection podcast is all about and get excited for all the great content we have in store for this year.
January 09, 2021