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44: Lakehouse of Terror I

Our Halloween special, with guest Geneva Langeland of Michigan Sea Grant.

43: We Weren't Shooting up from the Bottom

Hope (!) and Stuart speak with Dr. Kelly Robinson of the Michigan State University Quantitative Fisheries Scientist Center about her use of structured decision making in the Great Lakes, her time in a submersible, and the special joy of rotenone surveys.

42: I Need to Get More Lakes

Stuart speaks with Dr. Sapna Sharma about her large-scale work on lakes and lake ice and what that means for our climate and culture. How do you switch scales from thinking small to thinking big? Or are you just born that way? Plus the most interestingly named café of the year.

41: Clean Litter, Collect Data, and Capture Community Attention

Talking Trash with Dr. Rafaela Gutierrez of the University of Toronto Trash Team about their innovative research, education, and outreach project. Plus, Top 3 Tips for Reducing Trash in the Great Lakes!

40: DNA from the Cheeks

BONUS PLOVER EPISODE! Stuart and Carolyn speak with Dr. Francie Cuthbert, one of the world's preeminent plover experts, about piping plovers. This was recorded shortly after our last episode; in it we go more in-depth on plover biology before the conversation takes a slight tern (haha) to cormorants. Plus: poop!

39: Cottonballs with Toothpick Legs

Piping plovers in Chicago? Piping plovers in Chicago! Stuart speaks with Jillina Farkas about piping plovers: what are they, why are they endangered, and what can we do about it? Also, it turns out piping plovers are very cute. Especially the babies.

38: Taking Nutrients Down to the Bottom

In this episode, Stuart and Megan talk with Dr. Rob Mooney of the UW Center for Limnology about nutrients in the Great Lakes, classic rock, and pasties.

37: Seventy Scouts in an Enclosed Tube

Stuart and Carolyn speak with Cathy Green, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, about Wisconsin's maritime history including, somehow, submarines. Plus: BROOD X UPDATE, etc.

36: Change is Inevitable

Stuart and Carolyn speak with Vidya Balasubramanyam about lake level change and her work with municipalities to adapt to it. Tune in for an all-too-rare dose of optimism and a particular fact about donuts that, while true, we hadn't considered before.

35: Most Weather Weenies Will Probably Remember (re-air, new title)

Happy Independence Day, US Americans! This is a timely rebroadcast of TMATGL 17, "Flip, Float, and Follow" with Meg Dodson of the National Weather Service...but maybe it's new to you? We talk about weather forecasting, derechos, and water safety.

34: A Million Little Triangles

Stuart and Carolyn speak with Dr. Eric Anderson of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab about Enbridge Line 5, hydrodynamic modeling, and the novelty sodas of the 1990s.

33: Science Is a Team Sport

Carolyn and Stuart interview Dr. Hank Vanderploeg & Margaret Lansing, the Lifetime Achievement and Jack Vallentyne Award winners, from the (virtual) International Association for Great Lakes Research conference. What makes for good science collaboration? What makes for good science communication? What makes for a good canned meal in Eastern Europe? Tune in to find out!

32: What Had Been Safe Is Now Dangerous

Stuart and Carolyn speak with Dr. Chris Hauser of the University of Windsor about the effects of COVID-19 on beach drownings in the Great Lakes and Chris makes the case for investing in beach safety. With summer coming up, this is a good reminder to have fun, but be safe!

31: Bathed in Their Own Liquidy, Sugary Feces

Springtime is cicada time, and this year is a particularly big year for cicadas in much of the Great Lakes thanks to Brood X. In this episode, Stuart and Megan talk with Dr. Jessica Ware of the American Museum of Natural History about cicadas, their emergence, and their razor-sharp genitals. Plus, cicada sandwiches!

30: No, They're on the Phone

The TMATGL crew speak with Dr. Annie Scofield, Chief Scientist aboard the 180' R/V Lake Guardian, about the annual spring survey. They discuss the survey, how the survey data are used and what they can teach us about the Great Lakes, COVID protocols and, of course, sea shanties. It's a honking good time!

29: I Love a Good Collaboration

AIS prevention draft! Carolyn, Megan, and Stuart team up with a cast of experts to draft methods for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. Featuring Tim Campbell of Wisconsin Sea grant, Greg Hitzroth of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and Olivier Morrisette of Québec Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks. Plus... bonus commentary from Bonnie Willison and Sydney Widell, stars of the Introduced podcast!

28: Bald Eagle as a Proxy

In this episode, Stuart and Carolyn speak with Bill Route, a recently retired National Parks Service scientist and author of a new study on PBDE contamination in Bald Eagles. The news is somewhat good! But of course there are caveats! Plus, we unveil the new Teach Me About the Great Lakes Hotline, which you can call to tell us your Great Lakes Story: 765-496-IISG (4474). Give us a call and maybe we’ll play it on the air!

27: The Claws Have the Sweetest Meat

Double-length crossover episode! This episode is all about invasive species generally, and invasive crayfish specifically. We speak again with Dr. Brian Roth about his work on invasive crayfish and with IISG’s own Greg Hitzroth about the Invasive Crayfish Collaborative. Plus, in a special bonus, we speak with the hosts of Introduced, a highly produced, episodic podcast about invasive species from our colleagues at Wisconsin Sea Grant.

26: We position kids to think about, "Who are you asking?"

Megan, Hope, and Carolyn speak with Dr. Monica Miles about Freedom Seekers: The Underground Railroad, Great Lakes, and Science Literacy Activities. Dr. Miles shares how this cross-curricular set of activities for K-12 students was developed, underlines the importance of intentionally integrating different perspectives into educational materials, and reminds everyone to find the people that want to work with them.

25: Don’t Alienate People Who Need Your Help

Stuart and Megan talk with Dr. Ashley Bieniek-Tobasco about her research on risk communication. What is the role of risk perceptions in climate communication? Who can and should be talking about COVID in different communities? Dr. Bieniek-Tobasco also talks about her recent commentary in the Harvard Public Health Review on COVID misinformation, entitled “Pandemic of Racism: Public Health Implications of Political Misinformation “.

24: It Was Way Too Liquidy and Weird

For our FIRST ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!, we're having a plastic alternative draft! There are so many potential plastic alternatives, ranging from metal straws to plastic-free toothpastes and beyond. In this episode, the TMATGL team drafts plastic alternative products…which are their favorites? Where can people get started if they want to explore plastic alternatives? Tune in to find out!

23: What Allyship Looks Like in Action

In this episode, Stuart and Carolyn talk with Dr. Catherine Febria and Katrina Keeshig of the Healthy Headwaters Lab at U Windsor about their ecological work in stream headwaters and the value of incorporating indigenous allyship in their science work. Will things get tense when the talk turns to sandwiches? Tune in to find out!

22: It Tends to Get Louder During a Recession

Stuart talks with Dr. Camden Burd about the environmental political history of the Great Lakes region, screws up Gifford Pinchot's name, and finds out the secret history of Rochester, NY's best breakfast sandwich.

21: Fly-to States

Election Special! We discuss the Midwest as a political battleground and both the electoral importance and changing role of the Vice President with Dr. Chris Devine of the University of Dayton. Plus: the return of the euphemistic spit, Stuart gets maudlin, etc.

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.