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An oceanic news and research podcast. Find out what's happening in our oceans with us: Nick, Allie, and Raye!

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Our OCTOPOD adieu

December 13th, 2019


Sadly due to a lack of funding we are closing down OCTOPOD. We are have greatly enjoyed being a podcast in your rotation and hope you all find new ways to keep abreast of ocean news and literature. We didn't want to …

Conference Conversations with the Northwest Straits Commission

December 10th, 2019


We had the awesome opportunity to record a podcast at the Northwest Straits Commission conference this year and we are so excited to share the talented and passionate people who help preserve and protect the Northwest …

He's PhDiving to learn more about coral reefs

December 3rd, 2019


In this interview episode Allie and Raye welcome Joshua Manning to the podcast. Josh is a doctorate student at Florida State University doing some interesting research on coral reefs and the organisms who live with …

America says goodbye, Taiwan says hello (to seahorses)

November 29th, 2019


Raye and Allie get a little political (sorry) about President Trump's actions to leave the Paris Climate Accord, but then bring it back to happy news …

Coming soon to a pole near you... open water

November 22nd, 2019


This episode is hosted by Allie and Nick (with a special guest appearance by Mike Hay who is OCTO's data scientist). Allie shares some new research …

What do viruses, New Zealand, and 3D printed corals have in common? This podcast!

November 15th, 2019


Raye and Nick are back talking some good and bad news. Raye discusses a recent article by National Geographic on climate change advancing arctic viruses and Nick brings some good news from New Zealand along with some …

Virtually bringing the ocean to you with Cyan Planet

November 5th, 2019


In this interview episode Allie and Raye speak with two member's of the Cyan Planet team, Julia Jung and Tom Sanborn. Cyan Planet is an immersive …

Happy Halloween from the deep sea

November 1st, 2019


In this episode (recorded on Halloween) we focus on the deep sea (spooooky). Allie shares some research on bioluminescent organisms in the benthic …

Just be better!

October 25th, 2019


In this episode Nick is back from the dead to tell us that research works, even if it's only to tell bad news, and to inform us on the latest in …

There is a fire alarm going off in the ocean

October 11th, 2019


Allie and Raye interview their colleague Sarah Carr in this special interview episode. Sarah Carr is the editor of The Skimmer as well as the …

No touchy the sharky

October 4th, 2019


In this episode Allie and Raye discuss a recent photo shared by the Ocean Cleanup Project and why it's causing some well deserved Twitter outrage  then tell you all to do the supposedly obvious and leave great white …

Control your butts

September 27th, 2019


Allie shares some recent research about cigarette butt pollution. Raye continues the talk about trash and spills the tea about plastic in our tea and …

Give us the good news, Nick!

September 13th, 2019


Raye is back! In this episode Raye describes some freshwater news on plastics in the Great Lakes and the loss of large freshwater animals, while Nick gives you some happy news about California's MPA system

It's snot all lost. With Iain Kerr

September 3rd, 2019


An interview with Iain Kerr of SnotBot and Ocean Alliance starts with Pharrell Williams, whale snot, and drones then dives into some of the sadder things happening to our oceans and how we can make a difference …

Everyone is sailing except Allie

August 30th, 2019


In this episode we discuss a giant raft of pumice making it's way to Australia, manta ray friendships, a traditional whale hunt possibly starting …

It's a plastic eat plastic world

August 23rd, 2019


In this episode we talk a lot about plastic. Nick shares that recycling is kind of a sham and Allie shares some news about microplastics being found in snow in remote areas and a new report by the World Health …

Raye raves about Rowan

August 16th, 2019


In this episode Allie discusses recent research (now available free on MarXiv) about sediment effects on critters and Raye tells you about a …

Boats, boats, boats and Monsanto

August 9th, 2019


In this episode Allie shares some feel-good news followed by some new research about sharks and fishing vessels. Nick moves a bit away from ocean …

But what fish should I eat? With Tim Fitzgerald

August 6th, 2019


Raye and Allie interview Timothy Fitzgerald who works in the Oceans Program of the Environmental Defense Fund and focuses largely on sustainable …

A teenager is smarter than us

August 2nd, 2019


In this episode we share that a new country now tops the charts for the most deaths of environment defenders, corals might like sea level rise over …

The future is in a data depot

July 26th, 2019


In this somewhat upbeat episode, Nick and Raye update you on the ridiculousness of big publishing companies and share some fun news.

Do not pick up giant clams

July 19th, 2019


In this episode, Raye and Allie discuss a new literature item about the perceived impacts of SCUBA diving and share some news and information about a …

Mice are the chicken nuggets of the world

July 12th, 2019


Nick and Allie host this episode and they share how pride month isn't actually over in the ocean since now we know how some fish change sex, the orcas came back finally, and the government is no longer going to drop

Life can be over-whale-ming, so let's be there for each other.

July 5th, 2019


Raye and Nick are back to bring you recent news and reports. Raye talks about Japan's commercial whaling program and Nick discusses two recent reports from the European Marine Board. Enjoy! And, please visit our show …

Subsumed by fish and Fair Trade with Julie Kuchepatov

July 2nd, 2019


In this special interview episode Allie and Nick speak with Julie Kuchepatov, who works as the Seafood Director at Fair Trade Certified, about her …

Helping citizen scientists help you

June 28th, 2019


In this episode Allie dives into a recently released journal article on using photos and citizen scientists to conduct research and Raye struggles to …

Making Palau-ances for Japan and depressing wall art

June 24th, 2019


This episode features Allie and Nick talking about lots of recent happenings in the marine world. We mention Palau making some changes to their protected area plans, a world record for an underwater clean-up event, THC …

MarXiv travels for Future Oceans

June 14th, 2019


In this episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Nick bring you a sneak peak to what Raye will be presenting on at the IMBeR Future Oceans 2 Conference in Brest, …

Building nurseries out of nubbins

June 7th, 2019


In this episode Allie monologues about recent research on heat tolerant corals and shares some good news about South African waters.

Trust in animals and hope for internet

May 24th, 2019


Raye and Nick are back again to bring you a variety of news! Raye stays on the topic of animals reporting an invasive-mussel sniffing dogs and fish dependent penguins, while Nick dives into a NOAA / NASA partnership …

Some words are hard to say

May 17th, 2019


In this episode Nick talks about a recent paper researching the meridionalization of fish in the Mediterranean and Raye discusses how NOAA should …

Like us on Facebook because we post Octopus pics

May 10th, 2019


Allie and Nick are your hosts for this episode of OCTOPOD. Allie discusses recent research about science communication on social media and Nick informs us on 5G broadband and the horrors of ResearchGate. 

Don't Touch Anything

May 3rd, 2019


Allie and Raye are talking in your ears today bringing you facts about how much do US coral reefs save us money as well as info on a hopeful antidote …

Don't forget your lionfish necklace!

April 26th, 2019


Nick talks about spatial variation in lionfish and Raye brings up global warming and a new law aimed at supporting forage fish. 

Aluminum helps save sea creatures, plastics do not

April 19th, 2019


In this episode, Nick and Allie discuss baby fish eating plastics and amphipods with aluminum shields. 

The ocean is loud! Do local citizens hear?

April 12th, 2019


In this episode Raye and Allie are back to talk about ocean noise pollution and how management could improve with local ecological knowledge.

MarXiv Summary: The Ecosystem-Service Values of Italy’s Coastal Dunes

April 9th, 2019


In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mita Drius about her recent research quantifying the ecosystem services provided by coastal dunes …

Marine Protected Area Awareness

April 2nd, 2019


In this special episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Allie interview Tharaka Sriram founder of Ocean Education. She recently traveled to 17 countries in 11 months to learn about the management and effectiveness of marine …

Poop and P-Values

March 29th, 2019


Allie and Nick talk dirty on bird poop loving corals and the antiquated use of p-values. Rate and subscribe!

People prefer happy news. Who knew?

March 22nd, 2019


Raye and Allie bring you this episode of OCTOPOD!  Allie talks about how to succeed at twitter and Raye brings you an Australian news mash-up.  

Look before you bite a bait ball

March 15th, 2019


On this episode of OCTOPOD, Allie shares the story of somebody's life-time and Nick describes a new MarXiv paper on the politics of migratory marine …

Underwater Aesthetics and Seafood Fraud

March 8th, 2019


Allie summarizes her new favorite paper on the aesthetic value of the GBR and Raye talks about seafood fraud. 

MarXiv surpasses a million and Lake Erie cheers

March 8th, 2019


In this episode Raye discusses current news with Lake Erie officially becoming humanized, while Nick brings up some amazing MarXiv news! Also, a plea for help. What are some ways we can get researchers to share their …

Would you rather have a slow death by quicksand or move to New Jersey

February 22nd, 2019


Nick and Allie bring us our weekly news and literature, discussing use of imidacloprid on shellfish beds and how fishing communities can adapt in climate change driven waters. 

Can anybody find me some Goby to love?

February 15th, 2019


In this episode Allie talks about vulnerable fish in the aquarium trade and Raye brings up probiotics for corals. 

Endangered, threatened, recovering, or slipping away: Does the ESA work

February 8th, 2019


In this episode, Allie and Nick are back! Allie discusses the effectiveness of the ESA for marine mammals and sea turtles, while Nick brings listeners up to date on what's been happening around OCTO. 

A MarXiv Surprise with Sea Cucumbers Inside!

January 26th, 2019


In this episode it's Raye and Nick again. Nick describes some exciting MarXiv news and realizes he has commonalities with Raye over sea cucumbers. 

Even Whales Get Earworms

January 18th, 2019


In this episode, Raye and Nick discuss the insider revolt at Elsevier and then jest over musical oceanic earworms. 

Corals, parrotfish, and the fight against property law

January 11th, 2019


In this episode Allie describes a fascinating new paper that can be found on OpenChannels and MarXiv! Then, Raye and she try to understand property …

Bad bamboo & big plans for 2019

January 3rd, 2019


The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news again, because it broke: 

Think your bamboo cloth is green? Turns out, probably not. It's …

Jellyfish live in deathtraps. You're welcome.

December 20th, 2018


Allie chats about jellyfish discrimination ( and Nick chats about not-at-sea compostable-plastics ( 

Also, Allie says "Keep an eye on your inbox if you use one of OCTO's services …

The One About the Ocean Cleanup Project

December 14th, 2018


Episode 21 has Raye and Nick talking realities of the Ocean Cleanup Project. Agree? Disagree? Let us know!

Algal Blooms and IPAs

December 7th, 2018


Raye and Allie host episode 20 of OCTOPOD. Allie talks about the harmful effects of algal blooms on shellfish in the UK, while Raye brings up both …

MarXiv Summary: Capture of pregnant sharks, skates, and rays can induce abortion

December 3rd, 2018


In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Kye Adams about his recent research which shows that fishing capture of pregnant elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) can cause these animals to abort their young. …

MarXiv Summary: Fully-protected MPAs can enhance effectiveness of biodiversity protection for their

December 3rd, 2018


In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mirta Zupan and Emanuel Gonçalves about their recent research, which shows that neighboring …

Happy birthday, MarXiv!

November 30th, 2018


It's episode 19 with Allie and Nick! Allie talks about confused acid fish, while it's MarXiv's one year anniversary so Nick is reopening applications for MaXiv ambassadors! Happy birthday MarXiv!

Chill Chile fish follow trendy topics

November 16th, 2018


It's Raye and Nick for episode 18! We cover a recent news update about heating oceans, aggressive farmersfish, and discuss a MarXiv summary on google trending words in Chile.

It's a wicked world

November 9th, 2018


Episode 17 is all about problems and solutions. Raye talks about the newest initiatives to save the southern resident killer whales, and Allie …

Can you hear the heat?

November 2nd, 2018


It's Allie and Raye again with episode 16. The world is heating up and human's are unsure what to do! At least there's relaxing sounds of algae (or eelgrass) to listen to in this episode as we give a brief shout-out to …

How can we restore marine ecosystems?

October 19th, 2018


Allie and Nick discuss the latest issue of the MEAM newsletter, which interviewed global experts on the field of marine ecosystem restoration.

Self-Archive and Educate

October 12th, 2018


Allie and Raye bring up topics surrounding education (tools and projects), while Nick informs listeners on the importance of repositories, …

Plastics are reliable, our planet is not

October 5th, 2018


In the unlucky #13 episode, it's just the girls. Allie discusses a Japanese deep-sea plastics database that's been around since the 80s and Raye wonders how to get people to care about Climate Change.

Rethinking recycling and other re-news

September 28th, 2018


In this episode we discuss revaluation. Revaluating sea-level rise, migration, turtles, recycling, and science itself.

Women, microbes, and more

September 17th, 2018


In this episode Allie describes why women are important in fishing communities, Raye becomes a little too excited about microbes, and Nick discusses the EU's plan S.

A simple solution

September 5th, 2018


In episode ten, Nick describes two MarXiv summaries, while Allie shares literature on the High Seas, and Raye brings a sad but hopeful note with news …

Sound, sand and bodies: whats happening in the ocean

August 3rd, 2018


In the ninth episode of OCTOPOD we discuss the latest in vessel noise on marine mammals, beach nourishment, and the newest in fish tracking …

Do you really know p-values?

July 11th, 2018


If you've ever taken a statistics class you most likely have learned about p-values. But were you actually taught what they really mean? Special guest Mike Hay from OCTO explains.

We laugh a lot, we cry a lot

July 5th, 2018


The seventh episode from us octopodians details the revamping of certain legislative bills, and discusses the newest MPA News which focuses this month on marine debris! Among other topics. Enjoy!

Is everything a lie?

June 27th, 2018


Nick and Allie discuss the ocean clean-up project and what it actually means. What ecological "law" is and how aquatic mammals are being used to …

It's a money thing

June 22nd, 2018


In episode 5 of OCTOPOD, Allie and Nick discuss new information about Australia's GBR "Rescue Fund," and bring up the importance of trust and money.

The debate over large vs. small MPAs

May 21st, 2018


Allie and Nick are joined by John Davis, Editor of OCTO's MPA News newsletter, to discuss the May 2018 issue of MPA News focuses on "the continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for …

Culturomics for conservation

May 16th, 2018


Raye and Nick discuss the May 2018 issue of the Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) newsletter, which focuses on culturomics. Learn how …

Snotbot and social capital

May 11th, 2018


This week's episode of OCTOPOD fills you in on some cool news, like Snot Bot, Australia's pledge for funding to rescue the Great Barrier Reef, and …

Oceanic metaphors and bungholes

April 20th, 2018


Who benefits from aquaculture, anyway? + Marine Metaphors. Come learn what's happening this week at OCTO (Open Communications for the Ocean) in our …

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