Category: Science

Bringing science to adventure and adventure to science! We tell tales of the world around us and the people who are exploring it.

November 12, 2021

Let the sealebrations begin!

Ever wonder what happened to that entangled whale you heard about in the news, or that harbor seal you saw on a beach in pretty rough shape? Well in this episode we’re getting an inside look at a marine wildlife hospital. Casey Mclean is the executive director of Sealife Response + Rehabilitation + Research, a nonprofit dedicated to, yup you guessed it, the response, rehabilitation and research of marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Her work with wildlife and veterinary medicine has taken her all over the country, saving injured animals, and this past spring she opened up a hospital in Washington to care for even more of them. We talk about harbor seal pups, sperm whales, oil spills, and the challenges of being a land mammal caring for ocean mammals.

October 8, 2021

If a seagull flies over the sea, what flies over a bay?

It’s time to get your binoculars out and your birding hats on, we’re heading out into the field. In this episode, I’m in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, sailing through storms and looking for cool birds. Kevin, the resident birder of the trip, walks us through how to ID birds we’re unfamiliar with, tells us fun facts about sea birds, and even whistles his best bird call: a chickadee asking for a cheeseburger.

September 10, 2021

The Zombie Apocalypse

Sea stars have been battling a disease outbreak for a decade on the western shores of the U.S. It effects many species, hits them quickly, and has even sent the sunflower star plummeting into “critically endangered” territory. And the way this disease works is a sea star’s very own version of a zombie apocalypse, with otherwise healthy limbs strewn across beaches and populations gone in just a few short weeks. So, if you’re a fan of zombie dramas, welcome to the real-life version of that. Whoever started the rumor that zombies are afraid of water clearly wasn’t a marine biologist.

The guest for this episode is Dr. Drew Harvell, an ocean disease scientist who has studied everything from corals, to sea grass to sea stars. She walks us through what we know about this sea star epidemic and what things might look like in the future.

August 13, 2021

Earth Without Art is Just “Eh”

This episode we’re talking about science communication, and more specifically, climate change art. Jill Pelto is a watercolor artist that takes data about wildfires, melting glaciers, or ocean temperature changes and incorporates them into beautiful watercolor landscapes of the subject. She also moonlights as a climate scientist and has regularly found herself in places like Antarctica and the glaciers of Northern Washington. So if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to paint in below-freezing temperatures, this is your episode.

July 9, 2021

Mama Shark… do do dodo do do

More sharks! More sharks! This episode we switch coasts over to Florida and chat with a shark scientist about the research she does on sharks big and small. We talk about how Abby got hooked on sharks when she saw one demolish a sea turtle, how shark embryos have superpowers, how rare shark bites actually are, and of course, about her awesome research relating to light pollution in our ocean.

June 11, 2021

Baby Shark… do do dodo do do

Imagine you are out surfing on some great waves in the Pacific Ocean. The day is beautiful, the company is wonderful… and then you see a shark. What would you do? In this episode, we hear from Ben Furbee, a friend of mine who essentially slipped out of the womb and onto a surfboard. He’s seen lots of sharks in the wild, and has some epic stories about encounters he’s had with these often-misunderstood creatures. Ever wondered how fast a shark swims? Or which species is the Baby Yoda of the sea? Tune in to find out.

May 14, 2021

To Bee or Not to Bee

Heads up, the correct response is definitely “to bee.” With Spring in full swing, bees are starting to come back into our lives after their winter hiatus and I figured I’d bring in some people to get us hyped on these little creatures. In this episode we have Paul, a beekeeper, and Penny, a master gardener, and they’ll share a ton of rad information about the lives of bees and the gardens that make them happy.

April 9, 2021

Filled to the Brim with Stone

We’re journeying into the small parts of our planet for this episode. Jesse Walters is a geologist studying sulfur, and he walks us through what it’s like to be a sulfur atom, from the oceans to the mantle, to the inside of our noses. We talk about rocks, bacteria, history, and traveling the world to get a glimpse of the inside of it.

March 12, 2021

A Turn Around the Sun

March 2020 is when I finally admitted that this podcast was actually happening, so Happy 1st Birthday to Go Forth and Science. I’ve had an amazing group of guests here with me over the past year, and there have been quality moments that haven’t made the editing cut in the final episodes. But don’t you worry, this is the episode where you’ll get to hear some of those. Get ready for bloopers, tangents, fun facts and many, many laughs.

February 13, 2021

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

In this episode I interview Heather Clifford, a scientist who studies glaciers, climate change, and the climates that existed on our planet in the past. She’s traveled all over the world, and most recently went to Mt. Everest to help a team of scientists and explorers discover just how people and climate change are impacting the mountain. We talk about mountains, pollution, 2.7 MILLION YEAR OLD ICE, and the wonders of wool clothing.