Download Radio Show The December 19th show featured a conversation with Jen Cedarleaf and Victoria Vosburg. We spoke about the upcoming Christmas Bird Count (happening on January 2nd) and some of the adventures, activities, and observations of the past year. If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel free to leave … Read more
Download Radio Show The December 5th show featured a conversation originally recorded and aired in Fall 2019. I spoke with Leslie Harris, a polychaete specialist based at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Leslie has an infectious enthusiasm for all things polychaete, and we spoke about their diversity of life history and form, … Read more
Download Radio Show The November 21st show featured a conversation with Ian Hewson, of Cornell University. We spoke about his work investigating causes sea star wasting, current work looking at the microbiome of local sea cucumbers, and a bit about the natural history of viruses in marine environments. See more about this work on his … Read more
Download Radio Show The November 7th show featured a conversation with Jackie Hildering, also known as the Marine Detective. Originally recorded and aired Fall 2019. If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on the page I’ve set up for that purpose.
The October 24th show featured a conversation with Sarah Gravem, a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University who is studying the impacts of sea star wasting on marine communities. Our conversation focused on sunflower sea stars (Pycnopodia helianthoides). They suffered a major population decline due to the wasting disease. Up to 90% of the population (perhaps 6 billion individuals) is what has been estimated for the total loss. This has had ripple effects down the food chain as these starfish are major predators of kelp eating grazers such as sea urchins. In some locations (such as Sitka Sound), it appears populations may be beginning to recover. This provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role these keystone predators play in the development, maintenance, and/or recovery of kelp forests and other related marine communities.
Download Radio Show The October 10th show featured a conversation with Kitty LaBounty. We spoke about last week’s storm, and other storms we’ve experienced as well as Kitty’s birding experience in Gambell earlier in the year. At the end of the conversation, Kitty mentioned a couple of Alaskan places offering talks over zoom that may … Read more