The Quirks and Quarks podcast is full of very interesting scientific material
Please go to their webpage to find a complete listing of many high quality audio programs:
http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/podcast.html. Also subscribe to the
podcast via their RSS feed: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirksaio.xml
As salubrious as the sea might seem, it's in pretty bad shape. In fact,
it's fair to say that the global oceans are in a state of crisis and
nobody is more aware of this than the scientists studying these troubled
UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography Explorations informs and educates the public, our alumni, the scientific community, and Scripps' friends and supporters about ongoing research and events.
Ocean Currents: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary was established in 1989 to
protect and preserve the extraordinary ecosystem, including marine
birds, mammals, and other natural resources of Cordell Bank and its
Please go to their webpage http://cordellbank.noaa.gov/
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Here are descriptions from their website of a few of their Audio programs:
Guest: Dr. Sarah Allen from Point Reyes National Seashore talks about
the elephant seal breeding season in full action at Point Reyes National
Seashore. Hear about their survival from being nearly extinct to their
booming growth rates and their unique adaptations to living in the
Put on your SCUBA gear, we're going diving, into the Flower Garden Banks
National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Texas.
2007 marks the 15th anniversary of the northernmost coral reefs in the
US. Perched atop salt domes 100 miles offshore of Texas, the Flower
Gardens maintain an amazing array of healthy coral reefs, visited by sea
turtles, whale sharks, and manta rays. Towards the end of the show,
we'll be talking with the founder of the San Francisco Ocean Film
Festival for an overview of the upcoming ocean film event.
Guests: Dr. William Gilly from Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford, CA and
Ken Baltz from NOAA Fisheries talk about the recent movement of Humboldt
squid up the coast of California, into Oregon, Washington, and even
Guests: Dan Howard and Maria Brown, Sanctuary Superintendents from
Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries in
California, discuss the draft Joint Management Plan while its open for
public comment in 2006.
Guest: Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation talked
about the alarming rate of plastics in the ocean. Plastic in the ocean
may be one of the most alarming of today's environmental stories.
Plastic, like diamonds, are forever! Because plastics do NOT biodegrade,
no naturally occurring organisms can break these polymers down.
Aloha! Guest Andy Collins from the newly designated Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument talks about some of the
healthiest and most extensive coral reef habitats in the world, and the
small atolls and islets that they surround. Claire Johnson from NOAA's
National Marine Sanctuary program also called in to highlight the recent
research cruise she returned from.
Guest: John Stern, co-founder of the Northeast Pacific Minke Whale
Project, talked about Minke whales in the Pacific. He discusses Minke
whale research, and the recent International Whaling Commission's annual
Guest: Dr. David Hyrenbach, with Duke University, visiting scholar at
University of Washington, Parrish Lab, School of Aquatic and Fishery
Sciences talks about how to research far ranging predators such as
seabirds and current tagging technologies. How do we learn about animals
we can't see every day?