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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

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

10/8/2021
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.

Duration:00:26:55

The Zombie Apocalypse

9/10/2021
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....

Duration:00:20:23

Earth Without Art is Just "Eh"

8/13/2021
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...

Duration:00:16:05

Mama Shark... do do dodo do do

7/9/2021
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.

Duration:00:18:51

Baby Shark... do do dodo do do

6/11/2021
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...

Duration:00:39:23

To Bee or Not to Bee

5/14/2021
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.

Duration:00:19:42

Filled to the Brim with Stone

4/9/2021
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.

Duration:00:20:10

A Turn Around the Sun

3/12/2021
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.

Duration:00:15:46

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

2/13/2021
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.

Duration:00:22:48

On the Bright Side

1/15/2021
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...

Duration:00:23:19

Stuff You Otter Know

12/11/2020
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.

Duration:00:17:24

Getting Our Bearings

11/13/2020
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.

Duration:00:18:16

Greener on the Other Side

10/16/2020
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.

Duration:00:31:28

It's a ShinDig

9/11/2020
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.

Duration:00:19:53

The Real Rock Stars

8/13/2020
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.

Duration:00:12:28

How many rights are left?

7/17/2020
Right whales are mysterious animals, even for those of us who know about them. In this episode, my right-whale-enthusiast-friend Kevin comes on to share that mystery with all of you. Tune in to learn about these massive whales, their history, and the adventures Kevin has had while searching for the North Pacific right whale, the rarest whale in the world.

Duration:01:04:43

Claim to Flame

6/13/2020
To get us all psyched for summer campfires, but also wary of this year's wildfire season, we're here to talk about the red-orange flames that we love and hate. In this episode I bring on my firefighting bro-in-law and we chat about fire science, the history of fires, and both urban and wildfires.

Duration:00:25:04

An ImportAnt Topic

5/15/2020
Ants. They're everywhere. They bite. They eat our food. Do they even do any good for the world? The answer is yes. Ants are an important part of our ecosystems, even if they always get on our nerves. And they're insanely intelligent creatures. So sit back as my friend Angela and I talk about ants from our U.S. gardens to the jungles of Panama.

Duration:00:19:06

Let's Get Down to Pacifics

5/8/2020
What lives out in the open ocean? Besides sea monsters of course. Tune in to hear the answer from my crewmate Briana, a fish biologist who studied animal behavior out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from land.

Duration:00:17:25

Under Pressure

5/1/2020
In this episode, my friend Ryan and I talk about how low pressure zones can create high pressure scenarios... aka storms. We discuss different kinds of storms, how we categorize them, and what it's like to be out in them. There's also a mention of pirates and sea robots, because why not.

Duration:00:23:54