Navigation Links
New 'Naked Scientists' series investigates our oceans
Date:8/24/2010

The University of Cambridge's "Naked Scientists" are launching a new series of podcasts this week entitled "Naked Oceans".

These monthly, half-hour podcasts, funded by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), investigate various topics of ocean science and conservation. They are presented by Helen Scales and Sarah Castor-Perry, both members of the Naked Scientists team and Alumni of the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology.

With the help of expert guests, they aim to make people aware of the importance of vital ocean environments and the threats they are under. As well as looking at the better known habitats and species of the ocean, Naked Oceans plans to spotlight some of the often overlooked but equally important aspects of marine life.

The shows are aimed at anyone with an interest in marine nature, from children to scientists. The podcasts are available for free on itunes, on the Naked Oceans and Save Our Seas websites.

With 80% of the world fisheries now overexploited or depleted, and more than 400 oceanic "dead zones" where there is no oxygen or life in part due to waste water and farm runoff, marine conservation is increasingly important. At present less than 1% of the ocean is protected from human activity despite of our reliance on it for food, livelihoods and even climate regulation. Naked Oceans aims to bring the situation to the public attention and offers listeners practical advice on what they can do to help ocean conservation.

Episodes include discussions with top researchers and rundowns of the latest news in marine science and conservation. There are also field reports and other highlights include the "critter of the months" feature, in which an expert must answer the question "If you were a marine critter, which would you be, and why?"

Listeners are encouraged to send in questions to the show via email, Facebook and twitter and are also invited to go on the special "Marine Science" section of the Naked Scientists Forum. On the Naked Oceans website there will be further information about the topics covered in the shows, including links and access to relevant research papers.

The first episode of the series, from July, focuses on oil spills and their impact on the ocean environment. Robinson Fulweiler from Boston University and Amy Hirons from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida discuss the potential impact of the recent Gulf of Mexico spill.

This month's episode considers climate change in the oceans. David Barnes from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and David Thomas from Bangor University will be talking about climate change in the antarctic and the arctic. This show will also include a report from the cold room at the BAS, where creatures from the Southern Ocean are kept for study.

The third show, which will be online in September, will examine the science of tracking sharks. Guests will include Mahmood Shivji from the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Centre and the Guy Harvey Research Institute in Florida, who will talk about using genetic tools to track the shark fin trade. Future episodes will look at topics such as whaling, pollution in the oceans and overfishing.

To launch the series, highlights from the first two episodes will feature in a special marine-themed episode of The Naked Scientists' weekly, one-hour podcast, available from Tuesday 24th August.


'/>"/>

Contact: Helen Scales
helen@helenscales.com
University of Cambridge
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NSU scientists receive BP money to research oil spills impact
2. Smithsonian scientists help create first frozen repository for Hawaiian coral
3. Sturgeon, paddlefish scientists from North America to meet Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Montana
4. Rice sociologist finds male scientists regret parenthood decisions more than female counterparts
5. Scientists find new twist on drug screening to treat common childhood cancer
6. Scientists uncover Achilles heel of chronic inflammatory pain
7. Scientists successfully use human induced pluripotent stem cells to treat Parkinsons in rodents
8. Scientists reveal new targets for anti-angiogenesis drugs
9. Scripps Research scientists uncover possible cocaine addiction trigger
10. Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say
11. Scientists discover oldest evidence of human stone tool use and meat-eating
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/12/2016)... WearablesResearch.com , a brand of Troubadour Research & ... Q1 wave of its quarterly wearables survey. A particular ... a program where they would receive discounts for sharing ... "We were surprised to see that so many ... CEO of Troubadour Research, "primarily because there are segments ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 First quarter 2016:   ... compared with the first quarter of 2015 The gross ... M (loss: 18.8) and the operating margin was 40% (-13) ... Cash flow from operations was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) , ... is unchanged, SEK 7,000-8,500 M. The operating margin for ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... CHICAGO , April 15, 2016  A ... companies make more accurate underwriting decisions in a ... offering timely, competitively priced and high-value life insurance ... health screenings. With Force Diagnostics, rapid ... and lifestyle data readings (blood pressure, weight, pulse, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... Parallel ... clinical trials, announced today the Clinical Reach Virtual Patient Encounter CONSULT module ... circle with the physician and clinical trial team. , Using the CONSULT module, patients ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- Regular discussions on a range of subjects including policies, debt ... said Poloz. Speaking at a lecture to the ... pointed to the country,s inflation target, which is set by ... "In certain areas there needs to ... goals, why not sit down and address strategy together?" ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... UAS LifeSciences, one of the leading ... UP4™ Probiotics, into Target stores nationwide. The company, which has been manufacturing high ... its list of well-respected retailers. This list includes such fine stores as Whole ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. ... microbial tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: