Sadly due to a lack of funding we are closing down OCTOPOD. We are have greatly enjoyed being a podcast in your rotation and hope you all find new ways to keep abreast of ocean news and literature. We didn't want to leave you without some recent info though so here are the links to what we spoke about in the episode.
Polluted stormwater is fouling L.A. beaches. Little has been done about it, report finds
Offshore Wind May Help The Planet — But Will It Hurt Whales?
We like to think that someday this podcast may return, so we are saying goodbye for now and keep on keeping on!
We had the awesome opportunity to record a podcast at the Northwest Straits Commission conference this year and we are so excited to share the talented and passionate people who help preserve and protect the Northwest Straits marine ecosystem. This episode features a mash-up of 9 interviews from a variety of roles and locations within the initiative. We focused on citizen (or community) science and in this episode we hope you all discover a new way to take action in your communities!
Links to all of the Marine Resources Committees
REEF Environmental Education Foundation
Jason Morgan from the Northwest Straits Foundation
Pete Haase from Skagit County MRC
Alan Clark from Clallam County MRC
Ron Thom from the Northwest Straits Commission
Emily Bishop from Jefferson County MRC
Phil Green from San Juan County MRC
Susan Tarpley from Snohomish County MRC
Eleanor Hines from Whatcom County MRC
Gwendolyn Hannam from Island County MRC
Elsa Schwartz from Island County MRC
In this interview episode Allie and Raye welcome Joshua Manning to the podcast. Josh is a doctorate student at Florida State University doing some interesting research on coral reefs and the organisms who live with them. This episode covers Josh's research and how it is going with that whole PhD thing.
Links mentioned in the episode:
The McCoy lab website: http://www.marecology.com/
Josh's website: https://joshuacmanning.wixsite.com/coralreefecology
Lab Instagram: mccoy_marine_ecology
Josh's Instagram: coralecoguy
Raye and Allie get a little political (sorry) about President Trump's actions to leave the Paris Climate Accord, but then bring it back to happy news about social media helping confirm the adorable presence of pygmy seahorses in Taiwan. Raye also shares a food-for-thought article about the importance of including locals in marine protected area planning.
This episode is hosted by Allie and Nick (with a special guest appearance by Mike Hay who is OCTO's data scientist). Allie shares some new research on when we can expect the arctic ocean to be ice free for part of the year, hint hint it's soon. Allie also shares an article on a new tool that recently came out called Spyglass that helps fisheries enforcement officials (or you) track criminal fishing around the world. Nick then explains some research about using artificial neural networks to track fishing vessels and Mike Hay jumps in to explain what a neural network is.
Read the latest issue of The Skimmer HERE
See the upcoming OCTO hosted webinars HERE
Raye and Nick are back talking some good and bad news. Raye discusses a recent article by National Geographic on climate change advancing arctic viruses and Nick brings some good news from New Zealand along with some very interesting works in the UK and among corals.
In this interview episode Allie and Raye speak with two member's of the Cyan Planet team, Julia Jung and Tom Sanborn. Cyan Planet is an immersive media (think virtual reality) organization that focuses on marine conservation and science communication. Imagine being underwater and a dolphin, but also in a comfortable chair very much on land and able to breathe. That will soon be a possibility.
Follow along with Cyan Planet's work on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
In this episode (recorded on Halloween) we focus on the deep sea (spooooky). Allie shares some research on bioluminescent organisms in the benthic zone (the floor) of the deep sea and Nick plugs some great deep sea networks and news organizations. He also shares some recent news about the continuing environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the lack of monitoring almost a decade after the disaster.
Be sure to check out:
INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems) DOSI (Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative): http://www.indeep-project.org/
Deep Sea News: https://www.deepseanews.com/
In this episode Nick is back from the dead to tell us that research works, even if it's only to tell bad news, and to inform us on the latest in publishing scandals with Science on a paper about Microplastics. Raye is also in to give you the low-down on some ocean literature, news, and events. Enjoy!
CORRECTION: Nick means to say NAS the National Academy of Sciences is a government mandated monopoly, not AAAS. Apologies for the confusion. Acronyms!
Allie and Raye interview their colleague Sarah Carr in this special interview episode. Sarah Carr is the editor of The Skimmer as well as the coordinator for the EBM Tools Network. Sarah shares how she got into marine science and what the latest lead article of The Skimmer is all about.
In this episode Allie and Raye discuss a recent photo shared by the Ocean Cleanup Project and why it's causing some well deserved Twitter outrage then tell you all to do the supposedly obvious and leave great white sharks alone.
Allie shares some recent research about cigarette butt pollution. Raye continues the talk about trash and spills the tea about plastic in our tea and in our sea ice. She also shares an opportunity to volunteer in Antarctica studying microplastic.
Raye is back! In this episode Raye describes some freshwater news on plastics in the Great Lakes and the loss of large freshwater animals, while Nick gives you some happy news about California's MPA system!
An interview with Iain Kerr of SnotBot and Ocean Alliance starts with Pharrell Williams, whale snot, and drones then dives into some of the sadder things happening to our oceans and how we can make a difference together.
In this episode we discuss a giant raft of pumice making it's way to Australia, manta ray friendships, a traditional whale hunt possibly starting again, an almost official new Marine Protected Area, and 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg who just sailed across the Atlantic.
In this episode we talk a lot about plastic. Nick shares that recycling is kind of a sham and Allie shares some news about microplastics being found in snow in remote areas and a new report by the World Health Organization that basically says we know nothing. Allie also shares a new research article about ship strikes causing whale deaths.
In this episode Allie discusses recent research (now available free on MarXiv) about sediment effects on critters and Raye tells you about a wonderfully written article about a plastics summit, some good news for coral reefs, and a recent interview she did on her hometown radio station.
In this episode Allie shares some feel-good news followed by some new research about sharks and fishing vessels. Nick moves a bit away from ocean news to share some news about a recycling plant shuttering, faculty making some threats for a good reason, and Monsanto getting up to no good.
Raye and Allie interview Timothy Fitzgerald who works in the Oceans Program of the Environmental Defense Fund and focuses largely on sustainable fisheries. He also did some cool stuff with sharks in the past!
In this episode we share that a new country now tops the charts for the most deaths of environment defenders, corals might like sea level rise over the short term, a teenager won a bunch of money for a new process that could help clear our water of micro-plastics (also see here), and The Skimmer by OCTO is out for this month.
In this episode, Raye and Allie discuss a new literature item about the perceived impacts of SCUBA diving and share some news and information about a "ghost fleet" in Maryland and about a gaping hole in the Green New Deal. Hint it's blue.
Nick and Allie host this episode and they share how pride month isn't actually over in the ocean since now we know how some fish change sex, the orcas came back finally, and the government is no longer going to drop tons of poison on an island. Mostly good news in this episode, enjoy!
Raye and Nick are back to bring you recent news and reports. Raye talks about Japan's commercial whaling program and Nick discusses two recent reports from the European Marine Board. Enjoy! And, please visit our show notes to read the full articles!
In this special interview episode Allie and Nick speak with Julie Kuchepatov, who works as the Seafood Director at Fair Trade Certified, about her interesting path into that career and why Fair Trade and certification programs are important for both communities who fish and consumers.
In this episode Allie dives into a recently released journal article on using photos and citizen scientists to conduct research and Raye struggles to speak... but also tells us about some new indicators that could be used to help manage overfishing. Finally we invite you to join Team OCTO for the Plastic Free EcoChallenge!
This episode features Allie and Nick talking about lots of recent happenings in the marine world. We mention Palau making some changes to their protected area plans, a world record for an underwater clean-up event, THC in the Puget Sound, a cool new way to visualize climate change, and some issues with where to put dead whales.
In this episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Nick bring you a sneak peak to what Raye will be presenting on at the IMBeR Future Oceans 2 Conference in Brest, France. Listen to the full episode to get caught up on the history behind our current academic publishing system.
Raye and Nick are back again to bring you a variety of news! Raye stays on the topic of animals reporting an invasive-mussel sniffing dogs and fish dependent penguins, while Nick dives into a NOAA / NASA partnership that lightens darkened vessels.
Allie and Nick are your hosts for this episode of OCTOPOD. Allie discusses recent research about science communication on social media and Nick informs us on 5G broadband and the horrors of ResearchGate.
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mita Drius about her recent research quantifying the ecosystem services provided by coastal dunes along the Italian Adriatic coast. Her team’s results show that while more people are benefiting from the services provided by these dunes, these same people are putting additional pressures on the habitats. You can read the full-text of these research results in the MarXiv archive.
In this special episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Allie interview Tharaka Sriram founder of Ocean Education. She recently traveled to 17 countries in 11 months to learn about the management and effectiveness of marine protected areas. Listen to learn more about her story!
In this episode Raye discusses current news with Lake Erie officially becoming humanized, while Nick brings up some amazing MarXiv news! Also, a plea for help. What are some ways we can get researchers to share their literature on MarXiv? Let us know! Comment on the episode or on Facebook or Instagram (@OpenOCTO),
In this episode Allie describes a fascinating new paper that can be found on OpenChannels and MarXiv! Then, Raye and she try to understand property law. Did their masters degrees in Marine Policy teach them this? Listen to find out.
The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news again, because it broke: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/updates/wilson-to-return-to-port-for-repair-and-upgrade/
Think your bamboo cloth is green? Turns out, probably not. It's most likely rayon, which isn't that great for the ocean at all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayon
Allie gives a sneak-peak at all the new OCTO services coming online in 2019. We're also re-naming the MEAM newsletter to "The Skimmer" -- if you have content you'd like to see covered, contact Sarah Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, are there academic papers you'd like to read but can't access? Give the MarXiv Bookmarklet a try: https://www.marxivinfo.org/request. We'll contact the author to ask that they share a copy in MarXiv so you (and the world) can access the paper for free, legally, forever and ever.
Allie chats about jellyfish discrimination (https://oct.to/109) and Nick chats about not-at-sea compostable-plastics (https://oct.to/108).
Also, Allie says "Keep an eye on your inbox if you use one of OCTO's services for an update on what is changing and what new projects OCTO has in store for 2019 and 2020."
On the recent salish shes we at OCTO discussed what it is we do and how we all ended up loving and living near the salish sea. More info at https://oct.to/110.
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Raye and Allie host episode 20 of OCTOPOD. Allie talks about the harmful effects of algal blooms on shellfish in the UK, while Raye brings up both good new and some bad. Additional mentions at the end for an upcoming webinar and volunteering to become a MarXiv ambassador!
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Kye Adams about his recent research which shows that fishing capture of pregnant elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) can cause these animals to abort their young. The findings suggest that gear restrictions and seasonal closures around the breeding season might be warranted in areas where endangered elasmobranchs are prevalent.
You can download a PDF of this MarXiv Summary at https://marxiv.org/8k245
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mirta Zupan and Emanuel Gonçalves about their recent research, which shows that neighboring fully-protected areas can enhance the effectiveness of partially-protected areas. The research also shows that weakly-regulated marine protected areas (MPAs) are not effective at protecting biodiversity.
You can download a PDF of this MarXiv Summary at https://marxiv.org/8vhgd
It's Allie and Raye again with episode 16. The world is heating up and human's are unsure what to do! At least there's relaxing sounds of algae (or eelgrass) to listen to in this episode as we give a brief shout-out to Montana State University's Acoustic Atlas.
In the ninth episode of OCTOPOD we discuss the latest in vessel noise on marine mammals, beach nourishment, and the newest in fish tracking technology. As well as, Nick brings up some MarXiv summary classics.
Nick and Allie discuss the ocean clean-up project and what it actually means. What ecological "law" is and how aquatic mammals are being used to catch other animals. All this and more in Episode 6 of OCTOPOD.
Allie and Nick are joined by John Davis, Editor of OCTO's MPA News newsletter, to discuss the May 2018 issue of MPA News focuses on "the continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field." You can read the new issue of MPA News for more information on this topic at https://mpanews.openchannels.org/mpanews/issue/may-2018-196.
We also cover a new MarXiv Summary which will be available soon at https://www.marxivinfo.org/summaries.
Raye and Nick discuss the May 2018 issue of the Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) newsletter, which focuses on culturomics. Learn how scientists are mining social media, like Flickr and Facebook, to aid marine conservation efforts.
You can read the full issue of MEAM at https://meam.openchannels.org/meam/issue/may-2018-117.
This week's episode of OCTOPOD fills you in on some cool news, like Snot Bot, Australia's pledge for funding to rescue the Great Barrier Reef, and Hawaii's ban on coral-harming sunscreens. Learn more from the OC Overview at https://www.openchannels.org/news/oc-overview/oc-overview-week-april-30-2018.
We also covered two new MarXiv summaries: one focusing on social capital in fisheries, and the other on tourists' willingness to pay fishers not to fish in an MPA. Learn more about this research at https://www.marxivinfo.org/summaries.