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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!
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!
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.
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.
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 “.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We speak with Dr. Maria Dittrich of the University of Toronto about the threats facing large lakes on a global scale.
We speak with Meg Dodson of the National Weather Service about derechos, water safety, and plants. Lots and lots of plants.
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.
We speak with Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza about chemistry, microplastics, and lots of garbage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We get another perspective on COVID-19 and outdoor recreation, this time from ER resident Dr. Frank Zadravecz.
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.
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.
In which we discuss the polar vortex, lake effect, and drinking yellow snow with Tom Coomes of ABC57 in South Bend, Indiana.
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.
We discuss the origin story of the Great Lakes and, because the show is 2/3 Canadian this month, hockey.
We learn all about microplastics and discuss an interesting business plan for the Chicago area.