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S2E6: Oceanography at Home!

S2E6: Oceanography at Home!

August 19, 2021

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In the season 2 finale, we show you some simple oceanography experiments to try at home or at school using commonly found household items. Lachlan explains the science behind each demonstration and does some great (and bizarre) presenting hands on the video version. 

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S2E5: Let’s Get Physical! The Physics of Ocean Optics

S2E5: Let’s Get Physical! The Physics of Ocean Optics

August 18, 2021

Get to know 3 useful concepts for becoming a wiz at physics (a phys-wiz, if you like...?) On this episode we explore how light behaves in water by discussing light scattering, light absorption, and biological florescence. We're joined by podcast regular Ryan Vandermeulen from NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre's Ocean Ecology Laboratory. 

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S2E4: Ahhh Acid!: Ocean Acidification (big problemo…)

S2E4: Ahhh Acid!: Ocean Acidification (big problemo…)

August 17, 2021

This is no time for jokes. In this episode we learn about the realities of climate change and ocean acidification from Dr Katharina Fabricius from The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Get your head around the concept of pH (that's power or potential of Hydrogen) with Jamie & Lachlan, then delve into deep discussions about the impact of changing pH on our oceans with Dr Katharina. 

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S2E3: The Great Climate Machine! Earth’s Amazing Carbon Cycle

S2E3: The Great Climate Machine! Earth’s Amazing Carbon Cycle

August 16, 2021

Feel the power! This episode will leave you in awe of the magnificent power (and fragility) of the ocean. We learn how the ocean and phytoplankton contribute to Earth's carbon cycle from Dr Ivona Cetinić (USRA NASA GSFC) and Dr Steph Henson (National Oceanography Center, Southampton UK). 

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S2E2: Eat or Be Eaten: Understanding the Oceanic Food Web

S2E2: Eat or Be Eaten: Understanding the Oceanic Food Web

August 15, 2021

It's a fish-eat-plankton world out there! On this episode we unravel the marine food web with Dr Debbie Steinberg from The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Dr Colleen Durkin from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. What a great one to listen to on the National Science Week school's theme of Food: Different by Design. 

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S2E1: Natural Artists! The History & Future of Arts in Science

S2E1: Natural Artists! The History & Future of Arts in Science

August 14, 2021

Wahooo! It's National Science Week 2021. Start things off right with the first episode of Actually, it's Phytoplankton!: Planet Ocean. On this episode, we're learning about arts in science. We talk to scientific illustrator Kirsten Carlson about the history of sci-art and the continuing importance of drawing and illustrating in science today. Then we meet Dr Ben Knoerlein (formerly Brown University) to get technical with Virtual Reality and how VR is used in ocean sciences. 

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Season 2 Trailer: PLANET OCEAN

Season 2 Trailer: PLANET OCEAN

July 15, 2021

Discover a new way to hear the ocean for National Science Week 2021. 

We're back baby! With season 2 of the kids science podcast Actually, it's Phytoplankton! This year we're bringing you 6 science lessons in oceanography that dive into the carbon cycle, marine food webs, ocean acidification, the physics of light in water, sci-art intersections, and DIY experiments. 

Actually, it's Phytoplankton!: Planet Ocean starts August 14 

Episode 6: The Real World! PACE Applications

Episode 6: The Real World! PACE Applications

September 19, 2020

Ok, but who does this help? We're joined by the NASA PACE Project Application Coordinators Dr Erin Urquhart and Joel Scott to find out who and how NASA's PACE Mission will help once it's launched into space. 

This is our final episode for season 1. We've loved making this show and hope you've learned HEAPS about phytoplankton, our beautiful oceans, earth system science and NASA's PACE Mission. 

Episode 5: The Dream Team! Field work and culturing phytoplankton in the lab!

Episode 5: The Dream Team! Field work and culturing phytoplankton in the lab!

September 12, 2020

Ahoy There! Do you like messing about on boats? If so, you'll want to join the NASA PACE field work dream team who spend weeks at a time on research vessels all over the world collecting data and learning about phytoplankton. This week, we meet adventurous oceanographers Dr Aimee Neeley and Ryan Vandermeulen who tell us all about their careers at sea and in the lab. 

Plus, it's National Sea Week in Australia 2020

Episode 4: Captain Planet! Oceanic & Atmospheric Science

Episode 4: Captain Planet! Oceanic & Atmospheric Science

September 5, 2020

"With your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!" Join science super heroes Dr Ivona Cetinić (Senior Scientist USRA) and Dr Amir Ibrahim (Senior Research Scientist SSAI) for a discussion of the science behind NASA's PACE Mission. Ivona represents the oceanography crew, and Amir becomes our resident atmosphere guru. 

 

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