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20: Humans Control Inches

Stuart and Carolyn talk with Dr. Adam Bechle of Wisconsin Sea Grant about lake levels: why are they so high? Will they stay that way? And what is a meteotsunami? If you get overwhelmed, don't forget you can keep on the bright side of life by rating, reviewing, and subscribing. Or not!

19: Secretive Marsh Birds

In this episode, Stuart speaks with spatial ecologist Dr. Joanna Grand from the Audubon Society about prioritizing Great Lakes wetlands for conservation and finds out what is, objectively, the best bird.

18: They Are Really Important

We speak with Dr. Maria Dittrich of the University of Toronto about the threats facing large lakes on a global scale.

17: Flip, Float, and Follow

We speak with Meg Dodson of the National Weather Service about derechos, water safety, and plants. Lots and lots of plants.

16: It’s Really Hard to Monitor for All of the Gross Stuff

Statistical models seem to rule our life...but what are they? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Madeline Magee of the Wisconsin DNR to understand how she uses models to predict water quality at hundreds of beaches. Things get fecal.

15: We’re Doing Everything in Plastic

We speak with Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza about chemistry, microplastics, and lots of garbage.

14: Take the Plunge

A deep dive with Stephanie Gandulla and Megan Gass about SCUBA in the Great Lakes, the Big Five Dive, and where to go to see lots of shipwrecks. Plus, vomiting.

13: It Smells Like Science

In this episode, Stuart speaks with Dr. Brian Roth about the development of the Great Lakes salmon fishery, the interaction between native and invasive fish species, and the spread of invasivecraw/crayfish throughout the region. Also, goby dogs.

12: You Never Lose Track of Your Old Friends

Live from the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Virtual Conference 2020. We interview IAGLR Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (and Carolyn Foley's old mentor) Dr. Jan Ciborowski.

11: An Empty Chunk of Fiberglass

Buoys, Part 2! In this episode, we speak with IISG's Jay Beugly about our Two Yellow buoys, discuss the relative merits of West Lafayette's donuts, and more.

10: A Lot of Different Kinds of Data

Buoys, Part 1! We speak with Kelli Paige of the Great Lakes Observing System about all of their data monitoring efforts and how our data needs have changed as our technology has changed. Plus: some really great life advice.

9: The Hamster Wheel of Rumination

More COVID! In past episodes, we've spoken about how to go outside in a way that's safe and responsible. But we haven't spoken about *why* to do it. In this episode, Dr. Ming Kuo discusses the many psychological challenges of social isolation and how nature can help to overcome them.

8: The Really Delicious Carbon

Microbes…they’re everywhere! Today, we chat with Dr. Rachel Poretsky about microbes in the Great Lakes and the important functions they serve in the food web. Plus, bad grocery analogies and worse metric conversions.

6: A Lot of This Is in Our Own Hands

We get another perspective on COVID-19 and outdoor recreation, this time from ER resident Dr. Frank Zadravecz.

5: We're All in This Together

COVID-19 and outdoor recreation, with Dr. Ron Hershow, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with the University of Illinois - Chicago School of Public Health. If you are looking for information about coronavirus and COVID-19, we encourage you to turn to reputable sources such as your state’s health department. Or, as our guest says, when Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks, perk your ears up.

4.5: The Role of Information Was Quite Limited

BONUS EPISODE!!! In this Researcher Feature, we speak with Zhao Ma, Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue, about her recent research into why people choose to adopt or not adopt water conservation best management practices.

4: That Long Fetch Setup

In which we discuss the polar vortex, lake effect, and drinking yellow snow with Tom Coomes of ABC57 in South Bend, Indiana.

3: It Would Have to Be the Perfect Rock

In this month's episode, we talk with author and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis about walking around the Great Lakes. How do you do it? One step at a time. Why do you do it? Well, that’s more complicated.

2: Limnologists Make up Lots of Words

We discuss the origin story of the Great Lakes and, because the show is 2/3 Canadian this month, hockey.