In Episode 39, Quinn & Brian ask: Is The Ocean Running Out of Oxygen? Is That Bad?
Our guest is Dawn “Deepsea Dawn” Wright, Ph.D., the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (AKA Esri) and a Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. She also happens to have the distinction of being the first African-American woman to dive to the ocean floor in the deep submersible ALVIN (which we would totally be up for doing if anyone has a spare submergible chipmunk for us to ride).
Dr. Wright leads efforts to map the entirety of the ocean floor in, essentially, the same detail as the Google Maps app on your phone. This is one of the grandest endeavors that our society has yet to undertake, and it’s not just a good excuse to take a ride in a cool submarine. In many ways, we understand the stars and celestial bodies better than we understand the water that covers the majority of our planet – and we need to understand it if we’re going to protect it and prevent the depletion of oxygen.
P.S. If you like golden retriever puppies, you should definitely follow Dawn on Instagram.
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Learn more about Dawn: dusk.geo.orst.edu
Environmental Systems Research Institute: esri.com
Let Science Speak: letsciencespeak.com
Ecological Marine Units Explorer: livingatlas.arcgis.com/emu/
Mission Blue Alliance: mission-blue.org
Algalita Marine Research and Education: algalita.org
Save the Albatross Coalition: albatrosscoalition.org
Marine Conservation Institute: marine-conservation.org
Watch The Octonauts: disneynow.go.com/shows/octonauts
Project Drawdown: drawdown.org
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