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Season Three

The REEF Roundup crew recently had the privilege of attending the UN Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona. We met an incredible array of ocean heroes from scientists and policymakers to activists and innovators, all dedicated to creating a brighter future for the ocean.


This special episode is a sneak peek into our experience at the conference, highlighting the key themes, discussions, and solutions presented. We'll also be teasing some of our upcoming episodes, featuring four extraordinary...

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Farah Obaidullah is the founder of The Ocean and Us, the editor of the new book The Ocean and Us. She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Imperial College in London. With over 20 years professional experience, Farah has travelled the world, observing the beauty of the ocean and witnessing some of the most egregious practices happening at sea.

Among her achievements, Farah has executed campaigns to end destructive fishing, worked with affected communities, lobbied for ocean protection and been deeply involved in exposing fish crimes, including slavery and labour abuse at sea. Farah is currently campaigning for ...

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Ellie Casement, Fulbright researcher, roatan, coral, reef, scientist, marine, podcast, sea, ocean, conservation

Ellie Casement, Marine Biologist and Fulbright Researcher

At just 23, Ellie Casement is already making significant strides in the field of marine biology. A dive professional and passionate 'fish geek,' her dedication to oceanic conservation recently led to a remarkable year of research in Roatan, Honduras, supported by a prestigious Fulbright Independent Research Grant.


In Roatan, Ellie focused on the impact of the stony coral tissue loss disease epidemic on fish populations, particularly butterflyfish. Collaborating with renowned local NGOs such as the Roatan Marine Park, Healthy Reefs...

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Brianna Bambic, coral, reef, scientist, marine, podcast, sea, ocean, conservation

Brianna Bambic stands at the forefront of marine conservation as the leader of the Field Engagement team at the Allen Coral Atlas. Her notable career features a seven-year tenure as an Independent Researcher, highlighted by a National Geographic-supported virtual reality project on Belize’s Half Moon Caye National Monument.

This work showcases her ability to bring complex scientific concepts to the public. With an MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland, Brianna's expertise spans coastal and marine management, and science...

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Marina Garmendia, coral, reef, scientist, marine, podcast, sea, ocean, conservation

Marina Garmendia is a marine scientist, co-founder & CEO of Coralisma, a non-profit organization aimed at rebuilding coral populations in Mexico. With a background in professional diving, she recognized the urgency to address coral reef degradation.

In addition to her leadership at Coralisma, Marina is deeply involved in research to improve coral restoration methods. She is a graduate research assistant at the CRRAM Lab while pursuing her M.S in Marine Science at NSU. She has presented findings on coral microfragmentation at the 50th annual Benthic Ecology Meeting as well as at the 2022 International Coral Reef Symposium...

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Season Two

Nancy knowlton, coral, reef, scientist, marine, podcast, sea, ocean, conservation

Dr. Nancy Knowlton is a distinguished coral reef biologist known for her extensive work in marine science. Her academic journey began at Harvard University, from where she graduated before earning her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Professionally, she has held esteemed positions in various reputable institutions. Early in her career, she served as a faculty member at Yale University from 1979 to 1984. Post that, she joined the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama as a staff scientist and worked there until 1998. She also had a tenure at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego, where she...

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Shelpy thomas, Marine, coral, reef, scientist, marine, podcast, sea, ocean, conservation

Shelby Thomas is an experienced leader in marine conservation and restoration, serving as the CEO and Founder of the Ocean Rescue Alliance (ORA). Her academic background includes a master's degree in Marine Ecology and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Florida. She has also been a key participant in various marine restoration projects and previously worked as the head laboratory technician for AMEC Foster Wheeler in Gainesville.


As the CEO of ORA, Shelby has led several important initiatives, most notably the 1000 Mermaids....

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Dr. Raquel Peixoto is a leading scientist with a specialized focus on coral reef conservation. Her innovative research on probiotics investigates potential solutions to help coral reefs survive the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Peixoto has led several studies in collaboration with scientists from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Cornell University. The studies involved introducing beneficial bacteria to fragments of coral in aquariums... 

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Dr. Dirk Petersen is the executive director and the founder of SECORE International (SExual COral REproduction), a non-profit organization dedicated to coral reef conservation. Stemming from Petersen’s groundbreaking research on coral reproduction that started as an initiative in 2001, he established the organization as an NPO in 2015. Petersen's innovative findings have led to the development of techniques that harness sexual coral reproduction...

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Dr. Christian Wild (born 1974) is a German biologist and geographer, currently serving as a professor at the University of Bremen. His academic journey began with studying biology and geography at the University of Mainz and the University of Bremen, and later conducting his doctoral project at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen. Wild's expertise lies in the study of...

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Join us for a fantastic interview with Zack Rago as he touches on the importance of combining science with art, outreach, and storytelling. Most ocean advocates will be familiar with Zack from his involvement in the Chasing Coral documentry. In this episode you'll learn more about what he's up to now - still pushing to save the ocean for...

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Join us for a fantastic interview with Dr. Andrea Grottoli as she touches on many important topics, in particular the importance of ensuring that ocean science is turned into policy, and that the policy becomes action! 

Dr. Andrea Grottoli is a Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences and the former President of the International Coral Reef Society She is also the co-author on the recently released paper "Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge" calling for new commitments and actions by the world's policymakers to protect and restore coral reefs. The recommendations for policy action are to...

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Dr. Charlotte de Fontaubert is Global Lead for the Blue Economy at the World Bank, where she is responsible for guiding the Bank’s transition towards a Blue Economy approach, defined as the sustainable and integrated development of oceanic sectors in healthy oceans. She is also Program Manager for PROBLUE, a Multi-Donor Trust Fund launched in 2018, which aims to identify new ways to finance the transition to a blue economy. As a Senior Fisheries Specialist, she has co-authored some of the Bank’s seminal publications on fisheries and...

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Dr. Iris is a natural scientist, and an expert on sustainable, ecosystem-compatible fisheries and ocean risk management. Dr. Iris is also a voting member of the IUCN, which decides which species need to be protected globally. She engages in international lobbying and cooperation with other NGOs and working groups at the EU and around the world, and is a huge advocate and voice in the highest policy levels...


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In this episode we talk with Simon Young, a volcanologist who went diving in the aftermath of a volcano and hurricane, and realized the need for quick remediation of damage following a natural disaster. He now works for WTW, a risk advisory company, and is helping to pilot a new type of coverage, parametric insurance. Parametric insurance provides immediate compensation for "non-traditional asset classes" - among those coral reefs - which...


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Today we discuss the Ocean Agency, and their 50 Reefs Initiative. The Ocean Agency has been behind a variety of incredible projects, from the Chasing Coral documentary, to Google's underwater "streetview". Learn more today about their 50 REEFs Initiative, which used a combination of marine science, mathematical, and financial modeling...


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In this episode we discuss Coral Reef Monitoring. From the first marine biologists tracking the health of the reef, all the way to new satellites being launched by NASA we hope you'll agree that there have been lots of incredible developments, and that we're in a better position than ever to know what's happening to the world's coral reefs...


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Thank you for joining us for the launch of Season Two of the REEF Roundup podcast! Today we reflect on our favorite ocean stories from 2021, the research and developments that gave us hope. As we all know, when we lose hope, we lose the strength to keep working on important but difficult topics. Therefore, as we launch 2022, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some many ways that we are moving forward. 

You'll learn about progress being made on the 30 x 30 initiative, about incredible new techniques which utilize eDNA in the ocean, about new ocean species that were recently identified, and much more!

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Season One

Thank you for joining us for Season One of the REEF Roundup Podcast! We learned so much along the way and came away inspired by our incredible guests. We were honored to be joined by each one of them. 

We're hard at work to bring you a fantastic Season Two, which will be released in July, 2021. The format this time around will be a little bit different, as we will be focusing the entire season on one topic and integrating a variety elements to help you, our listeners, be more interactively involved in the production and direction of the show. More on that soon. Till then, please don't forget to subscribe so you won't ever miss an episode!

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Margaux research focuses on coral reef restoration and linking theory to practice to assist managers and practitioners in the design, implementation, and monitoring of their efforts...

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Rabbi Ed Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of Tikkun HaYam, Hebrew for “Repair the Sea”. It is the only Jewish environmental organization that focuses solely on the marine environment... 

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Mariana has been doing research and designing and implementing ocean conservation projects around the world...

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Bob was the manager at a tech company when he began developing a love for the ocean and wondering how he could do more to create positive change. That is when he discovered mineral accretion...

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Andrea is a Honduran marine biologist and SCUBA instructor currently working as the Community Outreach Coordinator...

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Daniela is from Honduras, she has had a love for the ocean her entire life. Some of her fondest memories are...

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