Natalie McIntosh is a 16 year old high school student living in London, Ontario. From a young age she was fascinated by the ocean, but was becoming increasingly concerned about the threats surrounding it, in particular the pollution created from discarded fishing gear (aka ghost gear). This is what inspired her to create Nautical Waters, an organization that aims to tackle the growing issue around ghost gear.

We were able to speak with Natalie about how Nautical Waters got started and her passion for advocacy around ocean conservation.

All of Natalie’s platforms can be found at: https://linktr.ee/NauticalWaters

Learn more about Nautical Waters using these links:

Moronke Harris is an Oceanography graduate student in the Juniper Lab at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) who has returned to academia after working in industry on climate engineering and intergovernmental (Canada, USA, Russia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea), multi-vessel research expedition planning. She is fascinated with deep-sea exploration, biogeochemistry, microbiology, and sea-floor mapping. Beyond academic pursuits, she is a science-communication enthusiast and avid visual artist ‘The Imaginative Scientist’.

We had a great time speaking with Moronke about hydrothermal vents, a deep-sea ecosystem filled with mysterious marine life in some of the toughest places on Earth. We also discussed her thesis, which focuses on informing current discussions about implications that may result from deep-sea mining of sulphides at hydrothermal sites through the development of a ‘microbial landscape modelling’ methodology.

All of Moronke’s platforms can be found at: https://linktr.ee/imaginativesci

Research and science: @moronkeharris

Visual artistry and science communication: @imaginativesci

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Katherine is a program specialist at Ocean Wise, and she is also a big fan of fish! In this episode, Katherine provided an overview on aquaculture, including what it is, and its positive and negative impacts on our environment. She also discussed her previous experience at a research center studying plant-based diets for a hardy fish species named tilapia, and a salmon farm in Norway.

All of Katherine’s platforms:

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Ryan works at the federal government of Canada as a marine planner, and is also continuing his masters research part time, which focuses on coral reef conservation and mapping. We were fortunate enough to speak with Ryan about the vast diversity and distribution of coral species and their importance to ocean life, as well as his responsibilities with helping create marine protected areas for Canada’s ocean ecosystems as a marine planner.

All of Ryan’s platforms:

Twitter: @Eagleson_R (https://twitter.com/eagleson_r)

Instagram: @reagleso (https://www.instagram.com/reagleso/)

Additional resources:

Ryan’s graduate research with mustard hill corals: https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/16132

Parks Canada website on Marine Protected Areas: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/amnc-nmca

Map of Canada’s Marine Protected Areas: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/conservation/areas-zones/index-eng.html