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

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


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




She Tells Sea Tales by the Sea Shore

In this concluding episode of Season 1 (we have seasons now!), I’m talking with someone who is literally an expert on ocean storytelling. Dr. Kelly Bushnell explains how she managed to combine scuba diving and Victorian literature, and takes us on a journey from Greenland to the Salish Sea to the Galapagos. We chat feminism, the connections between colonialism and natural resource exploitation, and the narrative of climate change. As Kelly says, “when problems are caused by humans, they have...


Fill Your Boots

This month, join me and my dad, a wetland scientist, as we explore wetlands from all over the world. We have forests that are wetlands, wetlands that are mountains, bogs that catch on fire, and seasonal puddles that host a wild amount of life. Oh, and wetlands with 10,000-year-old people stuck in them.


Polyp to this Conversation

How are coral reefs, chemistry, and composting all connected? Tune in to find out! In this episode I chat with a new scientist friend who studies ocean acidification and coral reefs in the Florida Keys. From labs filled with experiments, to reefs of baby coral polyps, to a scuba dive trip, Amanda and I nerd out about one of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet.


Forever and Ever

This month we’re jumping into a massive freshwater ecosystem: the Everglades. And yes, “jumping in” is a literal statement. My friend Bree and I talk about the unique environment that is southern Florida, alligators, “the Grand Dame of the Everglades,” and more, all while tromping through mud and shin-deep water.


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...


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.


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....


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


On the Bright Side

If you ever wanted to know why the sky is blue, this is the episode to listen to. I talk with Dr. Brad Moser, a physics professor and fellow podcaster, about light. That’s a pretty broad topic, but we try to touch on as many fun facts and explanations as we can in 20 minutes. We also talk about aliens and glaciers, because it wouldn’t be Go Forth and Science if we didn’t throw in some weird tangents as well. To see pictures of Dr. Moser’s adventures mentioned in this episode, head on over...


Stuff You Otter Know

Sea otters. They're cute, they're cuddly... they're also wild animals so please don't actually cuddle them... and they've spent the last hundred years bouncing back from a near extinction. In this episode, I talk with Pam, a scientist and science communicator that has spent years knee-deep in their conservation efforts.


Getting Our Bearings

Are you ready for a winter of social distancing and hibernation? Well, North American bears are! Tune into this episode for tales of brown bears, black bears and polar bears from Jessie, a marine scientist and fan of genetics who now guides people around the bear paradise of Southeast Alaska.


Greener on the Other Side

Straying from the usual science-and-adventure theme of this podcast (because, let's be real, the election is coming up and who can't talk about it), in this episode we're going to hash out the big concept of environmental policy. My guest Tori worked with environmental laws in Congress for a year and describes what it was like to be a scientist in our government, how we can protect the natural places we love, and weighs in on some of her favorite outcomes of our country's political history.


It's a ShinDig

Aka that time we extracted dead fish from a butte. Tune in to learn about fossils with my adventure buds Katie and Matt! We chat about 50 million year old fish, their lives and deaths (and now rocky immortality), and the journey we had into the hills of Wyoming to find them.


The Real Rock Stars

In honor of Comet NEOWISE making its presence known this July, and the current Perseid meteor shower happening in the middle of August (you should definitely go check it out), this episode’s topic is comets! Dr. Martha Hanner is an astronomer who has spent time in Australia, Germany, and California. What do all those places have in common? Well, in each one she could be found with her eyes gazing up at the stars and her brain tapped into the technology we were sending into them.