FE1.8 - Jellyfishing for Answers

Photo by Jim G.

Photo by Jim G.


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.

Music for this episode was produced by Spesh Pep, Radioactive Bishop, Turku - Nomads of the Silk Road, and Sunfish Moonlight.

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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