Hear true stories of marine research! In each episode of "Two Sea Fans," Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their partners have fun and educational conversations with hosts Joe Nickelson and Hayley Rutger, who love communicating marine science to help listeners become more ocean-literate. New episodes are available every two weeks. Download episodes free by searching "Two Sea Fans" in the iTunes store.

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Getting schooled by two awesome marine educators

Getting schooled by two awesome marine educators

Since 1968, passionate ocean educators have been joining the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA). This episode features two of our favorite FMSEA friends — Jason Robertshaw of Mote’s Virtual Learning Program and Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski of EarthEcho International — sharing how they train teachers in safe, legal collection of aquatic organisms and lead multiple efforts focused on conservation and ocean literacy. What is ocean literacy anyway? What ocean topics are “hot” among educators right now? Why is Joe so good at answering ocean trivia questions? Do FMSEA educators really have THAT much fun at their conferences? Tune in to find out! Educators can register for the May 2-5 FMSEA conference in Crystal River at: fmsea.org Mote Marine Laboratory's education programs mentioned today include Virtual Learning (seatrek.tv) and Teacher Professional Development (mote.org/teacher) EarthEcho International, earthecho.org, features monitorwater.org and stemexplore.org. Please rate and review Two Sea Fans in the iTunes Store or Apple podcast app. It really helps! In those apps, you can also download episodes free.  

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On the front lines of a coral disease epidemic

On the front lines of a coral disease epidemic

The world's third-largest barrier coral reef is losing its battle with an unprecedented coral disease outbreak, and Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are determined to do something about it. Dr. Erinn Muller, Science Director of Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration, is on the front lines of the response to the stony coral tissue loss disease outbreak on the Florida Reef Tract. She updates hosts Hayley and Joe on the intensive efforts by Mote and numerous partners to study the disease and investigate how coral restoration can help the reef bounce back.

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From elephants to otters - veterinary stories

From elephants to otters - veterinary stories

Veterinarian Dr. Whitney Greene has worked with “all creatures great and small” – more than 100 species ranging from tiny frogs to massive elephants. She joined Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in 2018 to apply her skills with marine veterinary medicine for the care of sea turtles, manatees, sharks and other species. Before working with Mote, she served as Staff Veterinarian at Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts. In this episode, she tells hosts Joe and Hayley about some of her most challenging and rewarding veterinary cases, and she shares how aquarium and zoo vets have to think outside the box to treat a diverse array of species. If you enjoy "Two Sea Fans," please rate and review the program in the iTunes store or Apple podcast app, and share your favorite episodes with friends. The sea fans thank you!

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Big questions about ‘baby’ fish

Big questions about ‘baby’ fish

Today we meet Dr. Lee Fuiman, who investigates how fish "make a living" during the early parts of their lives. He is especially interested in how the diets of adult fish can influence their babies, or larvae. Dr. Fuiman was recently selected as the new William R. and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement, an award from Florida State University and Mote that will support his collaboration with Mote scientists studying sportfishes and aquaculture (fish farming). Dr. Fuiman, Director of the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the Marine Science Institute of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will spend four of the next six months based at Mote’s Sarasota County campuses, exchanging knowledge related to his focus on larval fish ecology and physiological ecology. His research includes a focus on improving fisheries stock enhancement efforts - a goal near and dear to Mote scientists. Mote's "Two Sea Fans" hosts Hayley and Joe were delighted to learn that Dr. Fuiman produces the podcast and radio production "Science And The Sea," whose recent episode "Changing Eggs" highlights a redfish study Dr. Fuiman discussed here on "Two Sea Fans." Read the Jan. 22, 2019, news release about Dr. Fuiman's work with Mote.

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Happy 2019! A year’s worth of recaps and updates

Happy 2019! A year’s worth of recaps and updates

Happy New Year from “Two Sea Fans” hosts Joe and Hayley! This year-in-review episode recaps and updates many of Mote Marine Laboratory’s stories from 2018. From the challenges of red tide and coral disease to the highlights of shark-tagging expeditions, sea turtle nesting and cool ocean chemistry studies, this special episode will help you catch up on the life and times of our favorite working marine Lab, its public Aquarium, and the amazing humans and animals that make it a special place. Please rate and review "Two Sea Fans" in the iTunes store or Apple podcast app — you'll really make our year!

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Marine life & contaminants: What doesn’t kill you might make you weaker

Marine life & contaminants: What doesn’t kill you might make you weaker

Marine animals run across many harmful, environmental contaminants. If they survive exposure, are they really "out of the woods," or will their health (and even their offspring's health) change? Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist Dr. Dana Wetzel investigates the presence and impacts of contaminants — including oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico — as one key focus of her Environmental Laboratory for Forensics based at Mote’s Sarasota, Florida, campus. In this episode, hosts Joe and Hayley ask Dr. Wetzel about the questions her lab is working to answer, including the latest steps in long-running research in partnership with Dr. Kevan Main, focusing on oil exposure in fishes.

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White shark scientists strike gold

White shark scientists strike gold

Mote Senior Scientist Dr. Bob Hueter returns to discuss a highly successful research expedition focused on great white sharks off Nova Scotia. Seven white sharks were caught, tagged, sampled and released, supporting 15 projects by 25 scientists at 18 institutions, during this expedition conducted by the organization OCEARCH with Hueter as Chief Expedition Scientist during late September-early October 2018. Hueter discusses where the white sharks have been tracked, what other scientific questions are being asked about them, what conservation and safety questions scientist must answer as white shark populations rebound, and what it was like to work with a whopping, 15-foot-plus, white shark nicknamed “Luna.” Track white sharks tagged during OCEARCH expeditions at: ocearch.org

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Mote Aquarium past, present and future

Mote Aquarium past, present and future

Dan Bebak joined Mote Aquarium as an intern, and over decades he's advanced to lead its operations as Vice President of Mote's Education, Aquarium & Outreach Division. In this episode, he shares his memories from the early Aquarium along with Mote's vision for the Aquarium's future, which is tied closely to the future of the expanding research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Bebak and his colleagues are working hard toward a rebirth of the current Aquarium - as Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) - at a new mainland location easily reached by residents and visitors to Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida. The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will be an awesome new learning hub where science is the attraction. Tune in to hear about the process of creating it!  

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Taking stock of fisheries enhancement

Taking stock of fisheries enhancement

When a fishery declines, can you release fish to aid its recovery – without unintended consequences? Mote Senior Scientist Dr. Ken Leber investigates how to raise and release fishes in ecologically sound ways, a process known as responsible stock enhancement and codified by Leber and colleagues. Learn how stock enhancement took hold in the U.S., why it became a research focus at Mote, how Leber has advanced responsible practices around the globe, and what Florida sportfish was the favorite of William R. Mote, the benefactor and namesake of Mote Marine Laboratory.

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