OCTOPOD

OCTOPOD

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An oceanic news and research podcast. Find out what’s happening in our oceans with us: Nick, Allie, and Raye!


There is a fire alarm going off in the ocean
Oct 11 • 22 min
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…
No touchy the sharky
Oct 4 • 12 min
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.
Control your butts
Sep 27 • 13 min
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.
Too much carbon!
Sep 20 • 11 min
Raye brings up America’s first planned offshore aquaculture set-up and Nick discusses a recent article on the Lyme Bay MPA. The two also celebrate a huge accomplishment for MarXiv!
Give us the good news, Nick!
Sep 13 • 14 min
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!
It’s snot all lost. With Iain Kerr
Sep 3 • 42 min
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.
Everyone is sailing except Allie
Aug 30 • 9 min
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…
It’s a plastic eat plastic world
Aug 23 • 13 min
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…
Raye raves about Rowan
Aug 16 • 16 min
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…
Boats, boats, boats and Monsanto
Aug 9 • 17 min
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,…
But what fish should I eat? With Tim Fitzgerald
Aug 6 • 31 min
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!
A teenager is smarter than us
Aug 2 • 11 min
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…
The future is in a data depot
Jul 26 • 17 min
In this somewhat upbeat episode, Nick and Raye update you on the ridiculousness of big publishing companies and share some fun news.
Do not pick up giant clams
Jul 19 • 21 min
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.
Mice are the chicken nuggets of the world
Jul 12 • 10 min
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…
Life can be over-whale-ming, so let’s be there for each other.
Jul 5 • 10 min
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!
Subsumed by fish and Fair Trade with Julie Kuchepatov
Jul 2 • 32 min
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…
Helping citizen scientists help you
Jun 28 • 22 min
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…
Making Palau-ances for Japan and depressing wall art
Jun 24 • 12 min
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…
MarXiv travels for Future Oceans
Jun 14 • 46 min
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…
Building nurseries out of nubbins
Jun 7 • 7 min
In this episode Allie monologues about recent research on heat tolerant corals and shares some good news about South African waters.
Trust in animals and hope for internet
May 24 • 10 min
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.
Some words are hard to say
May 17 • 13 min
In this episode Nick talks about a recent paper researching the meridionalization of fish in the Mediterranean and Raye discusses how NOAA should take some advice from NGOs.
Like us on Facebook because we post Octopus pics
May 10 • 20 min
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.
Don’t Touch Anything
May 3 • 10 min
Allie and Raye are talking in your ears today bringing you facts about how much do US coral reefs save us money as well as info on a hopeful antidote for a harsh sting.
Don’t forget your lionfish necklace!
Apr 26 • 14 min
Nick talks about spatial variation in lionfish and Raye brings up global warming and a new law aimed at supporting forage fish.
Aluminum helps save sea creatures, plastics do not
Apr 19 • 12 min
In this episode, Nick and Allie discuss baby fish eating plastics and amphipods with aluminum shields.
The ocean is loud! Do local citizens hear?
Apr 12 • 19 min
In this episode Raye and Allie are back to talk about ocean noise pollution and how management could improve with local ecological knowledge.
MarXiv Summary: The Ecosystem-Service Values of Italy’s Coastal Dunes
Apr 9 • 14 min
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…
Marine Protected Area Awareness
Apr 2 • 27 min
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…
Poop and P-Values
Mar 29 • 14 min
Allie and Nick talk dirty on bird poop loving corals and the antiquated use of p-values. Rate and subscribe!
People prefer happy news. Who knew?
Mar 22 • 16 min
Raye and Allie bring you this episode of OCTOPOD! Allie talks about how to succeed at twitter and Raye brings you an Australian news mash-up.
Look before you bite a bait ball
Mar 15 • 12 min
On this episode of OCTOPOD, Allie shares the story of somebody’s life-time and Nick describes a new MarXiv paper on the politics of migratory marine species.
Underwater Aesthetics and Seafood Fraud
Mar 8 • 21 min
Allie summarizes her new favorite paper on the aesthetic value of the GBR and Raye talks about seafood fraud.
MarXiv surpasses a million and Lake Erie cheers
Mar 8 • 23 min
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!…
Would you rather have a slow death by quicksand or move to New Jersey
Feb 22 • 13 min
Nick and Allie bring us our weekly news and literature, discussing use of imidacloprid on shellfish beds and how fishing communities can adapt in climate change driven waters.
Can anybody find me some Goby to love?
Feb 15 • 11 min
In this episode Allie talks about vulnerable fish in the aquarium trade and Raye brings up probiotics for corals.
Endangered, threatened, recovering, or slipping away: Does the ESA work
Feb 8 • 16 min
In this episode, Allie and Nick are back! Allie discusses the effectiveness of the ESA for marine mammals and sea turtles, while Nick brings listeners up to date on what’s been happening around OCTO.
A MarXiv Surprise with Sea Cucumbers Inside!
Jan 25 • 18 min
In this episode it’s Raye and Nick again. Nick describes some exciting MarXiv news and realizes he has commonalities with Raye over sea cucumbers.
Even Whales Get Earworms
Jan 18 • 20 min
In this episode, Raye and Nick discuss the insider revolt at Elsevier and then jest over musical oceanic earworms.
Corals, parrotfish, and the fight against property law
Jan 11 • 19 min
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.
Bad bamboo & big plans for 2019
Jan 3 • 17 min
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…
Jellyfish live in deathtraps. You’re welcome.
Dec 20, 2018 • 12 min
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…
The One About the Ocean Cleanup Project
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
Episode 21 has Raye and Nick talking realities of the Ocean Cleanup Project. Agree? Disagree? Let us know!
Algal Blooms and IPAs
Dec 7, 2018 • 17 min
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 Summary: Capture of pregnant sharks, skates, and rays can induce abortion
Dec 3, 2018 • 9 min
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…
MarXiv Summary: Fully-protected MPAs can enhance effectiveness of biodiversity protection for their
Dec 3, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Happy birthday, MarXiv!
Nov 30, 2018 • 14 min
It’s episode 19 with Allie and Nick! Allie talks about confused acid fish, while it’s MarXiv’s one year anniversary so Nick is reopening applications for MaXiv ambassadors! Happy birthday MarXiv!
Chill Chile fish follow trendy topics
Nov 16, 2018 • 11 min
It’s Raye and Nick for episode 18! We cover a recent news update about heating oceans, aggressive farmersfish, and discuss a MarXiv summary on google trending words in Chile.
It’s a wicked world
Nov 9, 2018 • 17 min
Episode 17 is all about problems and solutions. Raye talks about the newest initiatives to save the southern resident killer whales, and Allie discusses modern slavery in fisheries. Plus, more.
Can you hear the heat?
Nov 2, 2018 • 15 min
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…
How can we restore marine ecosystems?
Oct 19, 2018 • 12 min
Allie and Nick discuss the latest issue of the MEAM newsletter, which interviewed global experts on the field of marine ecosystem restoration.
Self-Archive and Educate
Oct 12, 2018 • 24 min
Allie and Raye bring up topics surrounding education (tools and projects), while Nick informs listeners on the importance of repositories, plus…murder??
Plastics are reliable, our planet is not
Oct 5, 2018 • 17 min
In the unlucky #13 episode, it’s just the girls. Allie discusses a Japanese deep-sea plastics database that’s been around since the 80s and Raye wonders how to get people to care about Climate Change.
Rethinking recycling and other re-news
Sep 28, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode we discuss revaluation. Revaluating sea-level rise, migration, turtles, recycling, and science itself.
Women, microbes, and more
Sep 17, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode Allie describes why women are important in fishing communities, Raye becomes a little too excited about microbes, and Nick discusses the EU’s plan S.
A simple solution
Sep 5, 2018 • 13 min
In episode ten, Nick describes two MarXiv summaries, while Allie shares literature on the High Seas, and Raye brings a sad but hopeful note with news on the Salish Sea residential orca pods.
Sound, sand and bodies: whats happening in the ocean
Aug 3, 2018 • 16 min
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.
Do you really know p-values?
Jul 11, 2018 • 20 min
If you’ve ever taken a statistics class you most likely have learned about p-values. But were you actually taught what they really mean? Special guest Mike Hay from OCTO explains.
We laugh a lot, we cry a lot
Jul 5, 2018 • 16 min
The seventh episode from us octopodians details the revamping of certain legislative bills, and discusses the newest MPA News which focuses this month on marine debris! Among other topics. Enjoy!
Is everything a lie?
Jun 27, 2018 • 16 min
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.
It’s a money thing
Jun 22, 2018 • 19 min
In episode 5 of OCTOPOD, Allie and Nick discuss new information about Australia’s GBR “Rescue Fund,” and bring up the importance of trust and money.
The debate over large vs. small MPAs
May 21, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Culturomics for conservation
May 16, 2018 • 9 min
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…
Snotbot and social capital
May 11, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Oceanic metaphors and bungholes
Apr 20, 2018 • 13 min
Who benefits from aquaculture, anyway? + Marine Metaphors. Come learn what’s happening this week at OCTO (Open Communications for the Ocean) in our very FIRST podcast.