How are human activities changing our oceans, and why do these changes all seem to support a new age of jellyfish? What are these ancient, diverse beings: harbingers of doom, or simply the most well-adapted form of life in the sea? In this episode we go jellyfishing for answers with preeminent jellyfish researchers Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin and Dr. Lucas Brotz.
If you’d like to dive into more detail about a number of fascinating jellyfish species, we have a series of mini-episodes featuring Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin – available only to our Patreon supporters at www.patreon.com/futureecologies
This episode features Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, co-creator of the Jellyfish App and author of Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean and Jellyfish: A Natural History; and Dr. Lucas Brotz, cnidarian scientist at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.
Special thanks to Karen Barnaby, Kirsty Johnstone Munroe Cameron, Judy Homburger, Ilana Fonariov, and Diane.
A lot of research goes into each episode of Future Ecologies, including great journalism from a variety of media outlets, and we like to cite our sources:
Brotz, L., Cheung, W. W., Kleisner, K., Pakhomov, E., & Pauly, D. (2012). Increasing jellyfish populations: Trends in Large Marine Ecosystems. Hydrobiologia, 690(1), 3-20. doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1039-7
Brotz, Lucas & Pauly, Daniel. (2017). Studying jellyfish fisheries: toward accurate national catch reports and appropriate methods for stock assessments. 313-329.
Gershwin, L. (2016). Jellyfish: A natural history. Lewes: Ivy Press.
Gershwin, L. (2014). Stung! On jellyfish blooms and the future of the ocean. University of Chicago Press.
Gibbons, M. J., Boero, F., & Brotz, L. (2015). We should not assume that fishing jellyfish will solve our jellyfish problem. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal Du Conseil, 73(4), 1012-1018. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv255
Graham, W. M., Gelcich, S., Robinson, K. L., Duarte, C. M., Brotz, L., Purcell, J. E., . . . Condon, R. H. (2014). Linking human well-being and jellyfish: Ecosystem services, impacts, and societal responses. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(9), 515-523. doi:10.1890/130298
This episode includes soundscape audio recorded by Andrzej Kozlowski. It also includes audio recorded by Tobiasz 'unfa' Karoń, InspectorJ(Bubbling, Large, A.wav), scratchikken, murraysortz, tec_studio, and klanklbeeld, protected by Creative Commons attribution licenses, and accessed through the Freesound Project. A heartfelt thanks to klankbeeld, whose underwater sounds pack made this episode a pleasure to mix.
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