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So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist is your go-to resource if you've ever dreamed of exploring the ocean's depths, considered becoming a marine biologist, or want to learn more how to protect the world's oceans. This podcast dives into ocean science, conservation, sea stories, and explores ocean careers. Bring out your inner Jacques Cousteau, and discover the world beneath the waves.
 
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Film-maker, broadcaster, photographer, and outdoor swimmer Calum Maclean joins us on the podcast today. Calum is a host on the BBC Social, and has his own wildly popular YouTube, Instagram, and now TikTok channels. His new book, “1001 Outdoor Swimming Tips” is written to get people out in and excited about being submerged in nature. Today’s episode…
 
Entrepreneur, marine biologist, educator, and dive instructor, Danél Wentzel joins us on the show. Danél shares her journey from landlocked farmland in rural South Africa to becoming an instructor with over 600 dives under her belt, four minute breath holds, and her own show and company. As a self proclaimed “freelance marine biologist” Danél has s…
 
Past SYWTBAMB intern Aislinn Olthoff joins us on the show today! Inspired by nature around her and Jane Goodall, Aislinn took a gap year after high school in order to figure out where her interests lie. A pivotal volunteer opportunity working with elephants in Asia firmly pointed her to her degree in Wildlife Conservation. Not one to sit idylly by,…
 
With an undergraduate, two masters under her belt, Constance Schéré is currently working on her PhD studying MPAs. In this super wide ranging episode we chat about how Constance went from a history degree to studying marine science and then conservation, how growing up next to a marine protected area influences her work now, and how she’s brought i…
 
Isobel Yeo is a marine volcanologist, which means she studies volcanoes underwater. Volcanoes are found everywhere, and we really don’t know that much about them. Today, Izzy and I chat about why it can actually be easier to study space than the ocean, and what field work really looks like including playing with ROVs and seeing fish with feet in th…
 
If you’ve listened to episode 2 of the podcast, you’ve already heard Jessica’s story and the genesis of her research. Today, we start right where we left off in that episode. Jessica shares a few of her many exciting projects including identifying and describing a third species of manta, tagging the mantas, and future projects with guitarfish. We c…
 
IT guru at PEW Charitable Trusts, Dawn Borg Costanzi joins us on the SYWTBAMB podcast. Her job? To help track international fisheries. Which wasn't what she thought she would do initially. Originally, Dawn was going to go into software design. In this episode, we chat about how the fishing world captivated Dawn’s interest and how she’s navigated wo…
 
Brandon Doheny is a marine scientist, diver, and sailor. Our conversation today ranges from crazy two hundred plus foot dives to eDNA sampling to teaching technology to identify sea creatures. Currently Brandon is on an extended sailing trip with his family, sailing from California to New Zealand, so of course we chat a bit about this adventure. Sh…
 
We’re diving into the wonderful world of seaweeds! My guest today is Allison Poklemba, environmental educator, botanist, and herbalist. Allison shares how plants have fascinated her from a young age, why her move across the country for university was the financially responsible choice, and how she incorporated both botany and herbalism into her car…
 
Dr. Andia Fonnegra Chavez studies sponges and their interactions on reefs at Florida Atlantic University.. In today’s fascinating conversation, Andia shares her story falling in love with the ocean growing up in Colombia, and how she ultimately ended up in the States. We chat about how sponges are important members of the reef building and maintena…
 
Valeria Vergara is a senior research scientist at Raincoast Conservation Foundation where she co-directs the Cetacean Conservation Research Program. Her main focus? Beluga Whales. Originally hailing from Argentia, Valeria studied canids- specifically coyotes and foxes- during her undergrad and masters degree. It wasn’t until her PhD that she switch…
 
Kristy Bredin is an herbalist, educator and owner of Mermaid botanicals. She lives in the San Juan Island in Washington State. In this episode, you’ll learn what herbalism is, how seaweed is the ancestor to all land plants, some of the magical powers of marine algae, and what a day in the life of an ocean herbalist looks like- tide pools are involv…
 
Winnie Courtene-Jones is a researcher at the University of Plymouth in their International Marine Litter Research Unit. We had such a fun conversation today starting with Winnie’s volunteer position studying dolphins off the coast of Wales. Winnie shares her graduate research of, essentially, watching hermit crabs duke it out, and how she definitel…
 
Steve Burton has what most people would consider to be the dream job. As the Director of the Marine Mammal and Stranding Assessment program at Harbor Branch, Steve’s job is to work with dolphins and whales. In addition to responding to animals in distress, he also gets to conduct population assessments, the scientific way of describing going out on…
 
Harri is an aquatic animal biologist and ecologist which is a broad way to describe his work monitoring fish patterns and their implications with our changing climate, and spending time at camp tagging whales. We have a fun conversation today covering topics ranging from tropical sharks to arctic fish and even narwhals. Harri has some great insight…
 
Jim Sullivan has had a fascinating career starting with the smallest, and quite possibly the mightiest, organism in the sea, phytoplankton. From doing ground-breaking scientific research, including anti-submarine warfare research, to inventing new oceanographic equipment to leading an oceanographic institute, Jim has had quite the diverse career. I…
 
Sindia is a paleoclimatologist, which means she studies how the earth used to look, millions of years ago, in order to better understand what may be going on with our current climate. Sindia is a past Sir Keith Murdoch fellow, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, and currently teaches and conducts research at Cardiff University in the UK. In today’s ep…
 
Bill Francois is a physicist, marine scientist, fisherman, and author. In his premiere book, Eloquence of the Sardine, Bill dives into the world of mythology, legends, and basic science, bringing to life fascinating stories from the underwater realm. In today’s show, Bill shares how he won a National French show competition and the prize of a book …
 
Kate Morrison is the strategic partnership director for the Ocean Foundation. Her job? Match-making. Kate is the magician that connects science and conservation efforts to the sources of funding with similar intentions and goals. In today’s episode, we chat about Kate’s winding path, starting as a marine bio major and the shift from science to ulti…
 
As a senior program associate with The Ocean Foundation, Kaitlyn Lowder supports the International Ocean Acidification Initiative. Despite growing up in a landlocked desert, Kaitlyn always knew she wanted to become a marine biologist. She pursued her dream of becoming a marine scientist, despite growing up in a landlocked desert, and was the recipi…
 
Finnish sailor, marine scientist, and science communicator, Annukka Pekkarinen joins us on the show today. Growing up sailing the archipelagos of Finland, the ocean has influenced her life in a big way. In this episode, we chat about Annukka’s PhD research studying pygmy blue whales (don’t worry, they’re still huge), how her research evolved and ho…
 
From shucking in oyster bars to his own private events and even for the President of the United States, Gardener Douglas truly is the Oyster Ninja. With his own mobile rawbar business and podcast, Gardner has garnered some amazing experiences around oysters. Gardner is super passionate about oysters and his work, and it really shows during our conv…
 
If studying sound underwater sounds like a quiet activity to you, this episode is a must-listen. Dr. Denise Risch is a marine mammal ecologist currently with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) studying marine acoustics (sounds in the ocean) and the impacts with marine mammals like whales and dolphins. We chat about how her career ha…
 
Marine ecologist Aurora Ricart joins us on the show today. Aurora is a seagrass biologist studying the effects of this often overlooked part of our oceanic ecosystem. Starting off with corals, Aurora made a full-hearted leap into seagrasses during grad school, and hasn’t looked back. Today we chat about her amazing coral research in Mexico, how sea…
 
With a professional engineering license backing up a degree in ocean engineering, it may come as a surprise that Nick Muzia originally wanted to be a marine biologist. It wasn’t until he realized his aptitude in math, and a fateful discovery channel episode featuring submarines, that Nick decided to make the switch. In today’s episode, we chat abou…
 
My guest today is Illegal Fishing and Transparency Analyst for Oceana, Emma Gee. I’ve been wanting to have someone on the show to chat about IUU fishing, and I’m so excited to share this episode with you! In today’s episode, we chat about how Emma’s non-marine biology degrees are helping to save the oceans, how we can look at historical ecology- wh…
 
Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle joins us on the show today. Sylvia is a marine biologist who has been deemed a Hero for the Planet and designated by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend. She has been a Nat Geo explorer since 1998, author of over a dozen books. Her TED talk has over 3m views. Sylvia led the first team of women living underwater…
 
Andy Bramburger is a researcher with Environment and Climate Change Canada. In addition to the numerous scientific papers and publications, Andy’s work has also been featured in National Geographic. In this episode we chat about how something so tiny it can only be seen with a microscope influences the entire planet, and how we, in turn, influence …
 
Jake Kheel is a sustainability innovator, sargassum-wrangler, and coral reef saver. In addition to these illustrious titles, Jake also holds the titles of Vice President of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation and Vice President of Sustainability for Grupo Puntacana. He is also a TEDx speaker, and author of “Waking the Sleeping Giant: Unlocking the Hidde…
 
Colin Howe is a tropical marine ecologist studying corals in the Caribbean. He is also the creator behind the Instagram and YouTube channels @MarineSci4life. In today’s episode, Colin breaks down the difference between a marine ecologist and marine biologist, what research at different career levels can look like, and the importance of experience. …
 
Samantha Andrews is a marine ecologist, naturalist, professional science communicator, and founder of Ocean Oculus, a one-woman endeavour, supporting scientists, researchers, companies, NGOS, stakeholders, and everything in-between discover more about - and take better care of - this pale blue dot we call home. In today’s episode Samantha shares ho…
 
Dr. Christine Figgener is the director of science and education at the Footprint Foundation and Costa Rican Alliance for Sea Turtle Conservation & Science (COASTS), founder of Nāmaka Conservation Science, and the researcher that filmed the sea turtle straw video. In today’s episode we chat about what brought Chris from Germany to study sea turtles …
 
Nic Mink is a professor of environmental science and the co-founder and CEO of Sitka Salmon Shares, a direct to consumer, sea-to-table company. Join us as we chat about fish and fisheries, what a community supported fishery is, why small, generational fisheries can be a good thing, and what you can do to help the fish that swim in the sea. Show Not…
 
Laura Smith is a marine biology PhD student currently hailing from Australia. In this episode, Laura shares her stories behind the scenes aboard humpback whale boats, doing sea turtle research on the Great Barrier Reef, and how she found herself studying one of the most iconic fish in the sea. Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)…
 
The first woman to command a federal vessel and the first woman Admiral in the NOAA Corps joins us on the podcast today. Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields (ret.) shares what the NOAA Corps is, why their work is vital to NOAA’s mission, and what it’s like to be the first. Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)…
 
Join us for this wide-ranging episode. Today’s topics include: giant clams, red sea, great barrier reef, corals, imposter syndrome, and creative science. Melissa shares her frontline experience studying climate change on reefs, shares the beauty and wonder that are giant clams, and discusses the importance of her endeavor to bring the emerging crea…
 
Elisama Menesez specializes in marine shipping for WWF Canada. In today’s episode, Eli shares how, growing up in Brazil, the ocean played an integral part of her life, and how she created a program that helps more people to connect with the sea. We also chat about the importance of the social and managerial aspect of marine science, and how shippin…
 
Dr. Deborah Brosnan is the founder of Deborah Brosnan and Associates, a firm dedicated to finding smart solutions for environmental risks. Growing up in coastal Ireland, Dr. Brosnan knew she wanted to be a marine biologist from a young age. In today’s episode she shares what coastal sustainability looks like and why living shorelines are some of th…
 
Becoming a dolphin trainer is a dream job for many, including Nina Leipold. It wasn’t until after a pivotal internship actually training these amazing creatures that Nina realized she didn’t actually want to train them. She wanted them in the wild. Join us today as she shares the story behind this revelation, and how she created, and became, the Me…
 
Bren Smith is a commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer, author of the book “Eat Like a Fish,” and the founder of GreenWave, a network of regenerative ocean farms found worldwide. Join us in today’s episode as we discuss how Bren decided to make the leap from commercial fishing in some of the world’s most hostile fisheries to aquaculture and, ulti…
 
Angelique Brathwaite is a coral biologist and co-founder of Blue Finance, an organization shaping the seascape around protected areas in the ocean. In today’s episode, we chat about what it’s like to be a coral reef scientist in the Caribbean, and what it takes to protect the ocean. Angelique also shares some of the instrumental local outreach she’…
 
Chris Debicki lives in the great white north of Canada and is the Vice President of Oceans North. Chris and Oceans North have played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine protected area in Canada. Chris wasn’t always in this role, however. He was a criminal lawyer before he made the career shift into marine science. In today’s episode, Chri…
 
Sarah Winter Whelan is an ocean lawyer with the American Littoral Society. In this episode, she shares how she discovered her passion for ocean policy, created a career out of it, and how policy shapes our ocean landscapes (and how you can get involved!) Support the show (http://patreon.com/marinebiolife)…
 
Marine biologist, tech guru, and all around ocean lover, Josh Pederson joins us on the show today. Josh shares stories of how he landed the dream job monitoring California’s kelp forests and creating some of the first marine science databases. Josh also shares insights into what a career shift may look like, and how he stays connected to the ocean …
 
Ever wondered why your resume isn’t getting noticed, or why you’re not landing the interview? Or maybe you’re just starting out, and are unsure of how to even put together a resume and cover letter. This episode is designed to give you concrete, actionable steps to implement during your job application process- regardless of industry. Support the s…
 
Dr. Chelsea Bennice, aka Octogirl, is a true field biologist and octopus researcher. Join us as Chelsea dives into the world of these tentacled creatures, their mating behaviors, and how she spent over 400 hours underwater studying them. Chelsea also shares some excellent tips for aspiring grad students, and how anyone can become involved in octopu…
 
Dr. Edie Widder is a three time TED speaker and the first person to film the giant squid. During her career, she has logged over 400 deep sea submersible dives. Her work has been featured in BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and National Geographic television productions. Join us as she unveils her journey to marine biology, how she filmed the giant squi…
 
Dr. Cara Field is one of only 30 veterinarians in the United States with a specialty in aquatic marine medicine, and the Medical Director at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito California, the world’s largest marine mammal hospital and education center. Join us as she tells the tale of her career from her undergraduate work studying elephant seal…
 
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