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Meet Ido Sella: The Ecological Engineer Revolutionizing Coastal Infrastructure | Wave Makers

In this final episode of Wave Makers Tamara Kahn announces her transition to fulltime with Seaworthy Collective where she directs the Startup Studio and Incubator program, applications now open! She also celebrates another innovator working at the intersection of technology, regeneration, and ocean conservation. Tune in to hear how Dr. Ido Sella and a fellow Marine biologist, Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel (1975-2021), asked the right questions and founded ECOncrete Ido shares about the happy accident that led them to start this company and the relationships they’ve built to enable scaling of their solution. Plus, listeners can get informed on real-world applications and success stories of the ECOncrete team shaping and conserving areas where our human built environment meets the sea.

Jan 03
Under Ice Technology and the Blue Economy in the Great Lakes | American Blue Economy Podcast

In our final episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral, Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) meets with his former NOAA colleagues in the Great Lakes to explore under-ice technology and how ecological and oil spill monitoring are important tools for the Blue Economy in the region. Joining him are  Steve Ruberg, a research physical scientist focusing on winter AUV technology at NOAA’s GreatLakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL), Dr. Ashley Elgin, a research benthic ecologist also at GLERL, David Ruck, a documentary filmmaker formerly with NOAA and founder of Great Lakes Outreach Media Together, they discuss how winter time monitoring an important but difficult component of GLERL's long-time monitoring of the Great Lakes supporting recreation, fisheries, water quality, and more. Many thanks to our loyal listeners, and we wish you happy holidays, fair winds, and following seas in the years to come!

1h 8m
Dec 26, 2023
The Real History Behind Reversing the Chicago River | North Coast Chronicles

The Real History Behind Reversing the Chicago River with Mr. Dick Lanyan, who spent 48 years with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, where he became the executive director and ran the day-to-day operations - which addresses the industrial waste load equivalent for 9 million people. Very early in our American history, the potential for Chicago to be the center of an expansive water system, connecting the East and the West with its location on Lake Michigan and along the Chicago River, prompted the federal government to establish Fort Dearborn in 1803 where Chicago now sits. There is no shortage of written and digital stories about the Chicago River and how it was reversed almost 124 years ago on January 1, 1900. It is referred to as an engineering marvel – and certainly – it took engineering know-how and back breaking work to create this “Big Ditch.”  But, the story of Chicago’s challenges as a booming metropolis started way before the re-direction of the Chicago River and has everything to do with its location on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and the great Chicago population boom.  Further, Chicago's days of flooding are far from over related to climate change and its continued large population.

1h 2m
Dec 22, 2023
A Sea of Poetry: A Winter Solstice Special with Portland Poets Society | Sea Change

Tune into this special episode of the Sea Change Podcast to celebrate the winter solstice with Jenna, Portland Poets Society, and a sea of poetry! A special thanks to the contributors from the Portland Poets Society community and beyond for sharing their wisdom and art with us.

Dec 20, 2023
Holiday Traditions on the Waves: The Legacy of Chicago's Christmas Tree Ship | North Coast Chronicles

Dive into the remarkable tale of the Rouse Simmons, known as Chicago's original "Christmas Tree Ship," and explore how this early 1900s tradition continues to captivate hearts today. Join Dr. Theodore Karamanski and CAPT Scott Smith (USCG, ret) as they unravel the history of a trade where, as Dr. Karamanski puts it, "Sailing the lakes in November and December was literally participating in a lottery of death. But the profits could be considerable...” Uncover the legacy of a daring maritime tradition that brought holiday cheer and its enduring spirit in modern times, in this special holiday episode of North Coast Chronicles.

Dec 18, 2023
Marine Biomimetics, part two | World Ocean Radio

In these three episodes of World Ocean Radio we are exploring a recent publication entitled “A Forgotten Element in the Blue Economy: Marine Biomimetics and Inspiration from the Deep Sea,” authored by Robert Blasiak from the Stockholm Resilience Center in Sweden. The article identifies seven broad categories of biomimetic design: adhesion, anti-fouling, armor, buoyancy, movement, sensory, and stealth. In this 3-part series we'll discuss each with examples of application, technological invention, and as effective solution models for response to negative human intervention and climate change, and for ocean protection and conservation.

Dec 16, 2023
Shedding light on Bioluminescence | Shorewords!

Enjoy the Shorewords! podcast with Dr. Edith (Eddie) WIdder, author of Below the Edge of Darkness, marine biologist, and co-founder of Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA,  Eddie has spent years studying bioluminescence, which is light produced by living organism, and since most bioluminescent organisms are in the ocean, she has spent hundreds of hours in submersibles hoping to see flashes of light. Her podcast covers stories of her time under water and provides clear explanations of the current science on the hows and whys so many mid- and deep-ocean creatures blink and glow. 

Dec 15, 2023
Coastal Reflections: A Look Back at 2023 and Forward to 2024

In this wrap-up episode, the Going Coastal team – Jon, Marissa, and Deb – take a look back at 2023, reminiscing about the year's most impactful coastal topics and their favorite moments. They explore the potential of living shorelines as the future of coastal defense, focusing on natural and nature-based features and stressing the importance of accessible, shared scientific data for enhancing coastline resilience. As they give a sneak peek into what 2024 holds, including exciting topics and special guests, listeners are invited to join in for both a reflective journey and a glimpse into an exhilarating future for coastal science and engineering.

Dec 13, 2023
Mud Matters: Tracing the Carbon Carriers of the Ocean Floor

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham engage with NOAA scientists Doug George and Sara Hutto in a discussion about their groundbreaking research on carbon hotspots along Northern California's coast. The conversation delves into the significant discovery of carbon reserves on the seafloor, highlighting the role of marine sanctuaries in climate change mitigation and the importance of preserving these natural carbon sinks. The experts shed light on the relationship between ocean sediments and carbon sequestration, offering a novel perspective on the ocean's potential in addressing global warming. Tune in to explore how this discovery could reshape our approach to environmental conservation and climate policy.

Dec 11, 2023
Marine Biomimetics: Part One | World Ocean Radio

Over the next few editions of World Ocean Radio we will be discussing a recent publication entitled “A Forgotten Element in the Blue Economy: Marine Biomimetics and Inspiration from the Deep Sea,” authored by Robert Blasiak from the Stockholm Resilience Center in Sweden. The article identifies seven broad categories of biomimetic design: adhesion, anti-fouling, armor, buoyancy, movement, sensory, and stealth. In this 3-part series we'll discuss each with examples of application, technological invention, and as effective solution models for response to negative human intervention and climate change, and for ocean protection and conservation.

Dec 09, 2023
Casey Darling Kniffin: Ocean Advocacy in the Sunshine State | Sea Change

This episode features a prime example of the power of relationship-building and community-building in the world of ocean advocacy. Jenna and her guest, Casey Darling Kniffin, originally crossed paths during one of Healthy Ocean Coalition(HOC)'s Healthy Ocean Advocacy Academies. Following the Academy, Casey became an active and valued member of the HOC community, stepped into an ocean advocacy leadership role as Florida Oceanographic Society's Advocacy Coordinator, and now, as announced on the show, Conservation Policy Director for Florida Wildlife Federation. Casey is a driven changemaker whose leadership is very much needed in the conservation space. She's a true partner and visionary in this work, and Jenna is honored to call her a friend - and feature her story on this month's episode. 

Dec 08, 2023
Navigating the Future: Paul Scholz on NOAA's New Strategic Vision | Capitol Beach

On The Capitol Beach, host Derek Brockbank, speaks with NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Ocean Service (NOS), Paul Scholz, about the recently released NOS strategic plan. Paul has worked within multiple parts of NOAA, implementing programs and advancing NOAA’s operations, for nearly 30 years. He shares his excitement for where NOAA is heading and the current opportunities to improve NOAA’s service delivery to be more equitable, even as some of the coastal and ocean challenges get more dire with sea level rise and other climate impacts. Paul outlines what’s included in the NOS strategic plan and talks about how it provides guidelines for NOS to work with partners, increase coastal resilience in the U.S.; accelerate growth of the ocean enterprise and the blue economy;  conserve, restore, and connect healthy coastal and marine ecosystems; all while making equity central to the NOS mission.

Dec 06, 2023
Diving into Education: ROVs, Research Vessels, and Real-World Learning

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham embark on a journey exploring the intersection of marine education and environmental stewardship. Tyler shares his experiences with the Blue Robotics Education Initiative, highlighting his recent expedition aboard the NOAA research vessel Shearwater to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. This trip, part of the LiMPETS program, offered Tyler a unique perspective on how ROVs can revolutionize high school education beyond traditional robotics and engineering classes. The episode then shifts to a broader discussion on climate change adaptation with Peter sharing his latest thoughts on this critical issue. As the episode winds down, both hosts reflect on the year 2023, sharing their personal and professional growths and looking forward to another year of coastal and ocean dialogues in 2024.

1h 12m
Dec 04, 2023
We’re on a boat (figuratively and literally!) with Dr. Cherisse Du Preez | Ocean Decade Show!

In another first, this month’s episode of The Ocean Decade Show comes to you from on board the R/V Falkor as it’s undertaking an ultra fine-scale seafloor mapping expedition in the hydrothermal vent fields of the Eastern Galapágos Spreading Center. One of the members of this groundbreaking (or should we say, ground-mapping!) team is Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, a deep-sea explorer and marine biologist who works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Dr. Du Preez has been part of several endorsed UN Ocean Decade Actions and during this episode, we’ll dig into her penchant for exploration, the importance of working alongside Canadian First Nations tribal nations for her work, and the broader role Canada has been playing to ensure a successful Ocean Decade. 

1h 1m
Dec 01, 2023
Riding the Wave: Surfing, Science, and the American Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast

In the month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral, Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) a wave while discussing the contributions to the American Blue Economy. He is joined by big wave and professional surfing legend Ian “Kanga” Cairns, instructor in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at Oregon State University, Dr. Neeraja Havaligi, and owner and lead forecaster for the nearshore wave & weather forecasting company, Charlie Fox This diverse group will explore surfing contests, the travel industry's support to surf destination tourism, surfers as conservationists, and how the science of wave and weather prediction supports professional and amateur surfers all across America. Be sure to drop in to this show if you want to experience an epic ride!

1h 6m
Nov 30, 2023
Re-Examining the Storm that Sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald | North Coast Chronicles

Joining host Helen Brohl is Tom Hultquist, the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  On November 10, 1975 during a severe storm, the Great Lakes bulk cargo vessel sank with the loss of all 29 crew members in eastern Lake Superior about 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Michigan. The vessel sank quickly without sending a distress signal and, as we all know, the tragedy inspired Gordon Lightfoot to write his famous song. Was it the "perfect storm" or a typical "Gale of November?"  What did Tom and his colleagues learn when they used modern technology to analyze the more limited meteorological data from 1975?

Nov 29, 2023
BRIC by BRIC: Building Disaster Resilience with FEMA's New Funding Initiative | Capitol Beach

On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank hosts Camille Crain, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) section chief within Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division at FEMA. Only authorized 5 years ago, BRIC has quickly become one of the (if not the singular) biggest federal funding programs for resilience to natural hazards, in large part due to its funding coming directly from post-disaster funding. Specifically, 6% of Stafford Act disaster funding is now set aside for BRIC to improve resilience in communities . Even though BRIC is too new to have a fully a constructed project to its credit, the program is evolving to better support underserved communities, implement nature-based solutions, and provide technical assistance to communities unable to fully develop their own resilience project applications.  BRIC currently has a funding opportunity of $1 Billion (together with a $800 million opportunity from its “sister program”, Flood Mitigation Assistance), with state applications due to FEMA on Feb. 29, 2024.  All community applicants need to be part of state submissions, so individual applications will be due to their states’ hazard mitigation or emergency management office earlier. The next BRIC opportunity is anticipated for fall of 2024.

Nov 27, 2023
Two Steps Forward in a Changing Climate | World Ocean Radio

This week on World Ocean Radio Peter Neill examines two forward-looking government-proposed initiatives that offer opportunities for progress in climate policy, investment, resiliency and sustainability. The first is Bridgetown 2.0, proposed by the Prime Minister of Barbados, to urge UN member states to consider an ambitious finance-driven program of climate-change response and implementation; the second is an ambitious climate commitment by the State of California to reach 100% carbon-free by 2045, as part of their proven commitment to environmental protection and action.

Nov 25, 2023
The Next Wave: ASBPA's Student Achievers | Going Coastal

In this episode of the Going Coastal podcast, hosts Marissa Torres and Deborah Fernandes shine the spotlight on two exceptional ASBPA Student Award Winners: Cheyenne Twilley and Narayan Kumar. Cheyenne, awarded the Student Coastal Advocate Award, is recognized for her aspirations to deepen her understanding and influence in federal coastal policy and advocacy. This award enables her to intern with the ASBPA and become a key member of the Government Affairs Committee, where her passion for coastal issues can truly make an impact. Narayan, recipient of the Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award, is celebrated for his dedication to advancing coastal science. His award facilitates an internship with the ASBPA, offering him a pivotal role in the Science and Technology Committee. Join us as we delve into their journeys, explore their future plans, and discuss how these awards will shape their contributions to coastal science and advocacy.

Nov 24, 2023
Coastal Conversations: Unpacking North Carolina's Urgent Shoreline Issues | All Swell?

Join Genevieve Guerry and Kyra Hagge in this episode as they recap the Coastal Societies’ Forum, a discussion on North Carolina's coastal issues. This episode zeroes in on three critical areas: community shoreline protection, the impact of PFAs (forever chemicals), and strategies for offshore wind energy. Listen to perspectives from a diverse group of coastal professionals, including state employees, non-profit advocates, and scientists, who emphasize the importance of collaboration in tackling these challenges. For additional insights, explore the NC Coastal Federation at, Clean Cape Fear at, and the NC PFAS Network at Don't miss the discussion with Dr. Greer Arthur, Director of NC Collaboratory, featured in Episode 19, available at

1h 2m
Nov 22, 2023
The Rising Tide of Billion-Dollar Disasters: Analyzing the Surge

In the latest episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Mathew Sanders, a senior officer for Pew’s U.S. Conservation program, to discuss his illuminating article: "What’s Driving the Boom in Billion-Dollar Disasters? A Lot" This episode delves into the alarming increase in frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S., examining factors such as extreme weather, population migration, changes in land use, and ill-advised development. The discussion pivots around recent catastrophic events, including the devastating Maui wildfire and the record-breaking temperatures of 2023, providing a stark illustration of the challenges at hand. Sanders, with his deep expertise in state resilience policy, offers insightful analysis and potential solutions to these pressing issues. Tune in to understand how these disasters are reshaping our world and what can be done to mitigate their impact.

Nov 20, 2023
Insurance in a New Climate Era | World Ocean Radio

In this episode, Peter Neill discusses insurance. We are aware of the key role played by insurance, more so as we face increasing events of extreme weather destruction. Government agencies are signaling policy and coverage shifts, and there is a growing realization that existing policies and programs are not adequate to the new realities. Insurance is fundamental yet largely invisible until it is not there, and may be the driving force toward necessary change for the future.

Nov 18, 2023
The Sea vs. California: A Coastal Conversation with Rosanna Xia | Shorewords!

Join Lesley Ewing on Shorewords for a riveting conversation with Rosanna Xia, acclaimed author of "California Against the Sea." This episode delves into the urgent issues facing California's coastline, including erosion, flooding, and the challenges posed by rising sea levels. Rosanna brings her journalistic expertise and unique approach of immersive reporting to discuss the real-life impacts on communities at the edge of climate change. Plus, get an insider look at some of the innovative projects aimed at restoring and enhancing our coasts.

Nov 17, 2023
Meet Danielle Southcott: Master of Tall ships, Clean shipping and her own Destiny | Wave Makers

Wave Makers host Tamara Kahn is excited to delve into the story behind Danielle Southcott, founder of VEER Group, exploring the inspiration, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped her innovative venture. VEER is not just a clean shipping startup but a movement towards a more conscientious and sustainable way of moving goods globally. Danielle’s sincerity, passion and knowledge are the driving force. Tune in to hear about the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and impact Danielle aims to make on the shipping industry and our planet and why it matters to her and all of us.

Nov 16, 2023
Isabella Briseño Elalfi: Community Building, Systems, and the art of ArcGIS Storytelling | Sea Change

This episode features a fantastic discussion between Jenna and Isabella (Bella) Briseño Elalfi, recent graduate from Penn State University double majoring in Environmental Resource Management and Political Science. Bella's ArcGIS expertise was central to the development of the Voices of a Healthy Ocean story map platform, which is designed to take people on an audio visual advocacy journey and expand upon the Voices of a Healthy Ocean miniseries that was featured on this network during the summer of 2022. During this episode, the two chat about storytelling through story maps and dive into the power of community building, systems, and storytelling have on human and environmental health. 

Nov 15, 2023
Waves of Impact: The Evolution of a Coast Guard Veteran to Eco-Advocate

Join Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham in this rerun episode from November 15, 2020, as they host Peter Deneen, a former US Coast Guard officer, now turned environmental advocate. Dive into Peter's riveting journey from the disciplined life at the US Coast Guard Academy to his active service, and witness his transformative leap into environmental science. The conversation delves into how his experiences in the service shaped his perspective on environmental challenges and led to his current mission of fostering environmental optimism. Gain insights into his work with the Watershed Progressive and get introduced to his enlightening podcast, The Water Table. This episode promises to be a compelling blend of service stories, scientific discourse, and societal impact, exclusively on ASPN!

1h 54m
Nov 13, 2023
Megaphonics: Ocean Communication Heroes | World Ocean Radio

This week on World Ocean Radio we're talking about the megaphonics of ocean communications. How do we as communicators break through? How do we create messaging that resonates and reaches the millions of citizens whose lives are so dependent on the ocean’s bounty? We highlight two ocean heroes, Dr. Sylvia Earle and Sir David Attenborough, whose quiet successes have combined to reach millions worldwide.

Nov 11, 2023
Veterans on the Frontline of Coastal Conservation: A Veteran’s Day Tribute | Sea Change

In this special Veteran’s Day rebroadcast of the Sea Change Podcast, host Jenna Valente welcomes Whit Jones, the South Carolina Operations Director for Wounded Nature-Working Veterans. Delve into a captivating conversation about how veterans are leading the charge to heal our coastal ecosystems. Whit shares inspiring stories of veterans, boaters, and local volunteers banding together to tackle the pressing issues of oceanic trash and debris, ensuring the protection of vital wildlife habitats. Tune in to discover how service and stewardship go hand in hand in this poignant episode.

1h 18m
Nov 10, 2023
Navigating the Ocean's Energy Frontier: BOEM's Science-Driven Stewardship with Dr. Rodney Cluck

In this rerun, join hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham for a deep dive with Dr. Rodney Cluck, the Division Chief of Environmental Sciences at BOEM — the agency that shapes the energy landscape on the American Shoreline. With a shift in tides towards offshore wind energy, Dr. Cluck sheds light on BOEM's evolving mission, detailing the crucial role scientific research plays in guiding responsible offshore development. Discover the intersection of environmental stewardship and the burgeoning ocean economy as BOEM charts a course through the offshore wind surge. Tune in to uncover the scientific currents propelling the future of our nation's energy, right here on ASPN.

Nov 08, 2023
Innovations in Flood Defense: Upriver Solutions to Protect New Orleans

In this classic episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham dive into the evolving landscape of Louisiana's coast, confronting the challenge of shielding New Orleans from catastrophic Mississippi River floods. Dr. Devyani Kar from the Environmental Defense Fund joins the conversation to reveal groundbreaking research on how river diversions upriver can rejuvenate essential wetlands while mitigating the repercussions of the Bonnet Carré Spillway's frequent usage. Explore how Louisiana's pioneering coastal restoration efforts compare to other states and learn about Dr. Kar's work on employing nature-based defenses to lessen flood risks and chemical exposure from Galveston Bay's petrochemical facilities. Join us as we unravel these cutting-edge strategies poised to redefine coastal resilience.

1h 4m
Nov 06, 2023