27 episodes

Our ocean is the earth's defining feature.

But the blue of our blue planet is so much more than just a colour. It is rich with life and plays an important role in keeping our planet stable and healthy. Worryingly, we are seeing our ocean change, for the worse.

In Ocean Matters, join oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski as she meets the scientists who are working to save our ocean and marine life in one of the most remote parts of our planet.  Together, we’ll explore how the cutting-edge marine science research that’s going on there – and other places we visit - is helping to protect species across the world, and better understand what needs to be done to save our seas.

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Ocean Matters The Bertarelli Foundation

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

Our ocean is the earth's defining feature.

But the blue of our blue planet is so much more than just a colour. It is rich with life and plays an important role in keeping our planet stable and healthy. Worryingly, we are seeing our ocean change, for the worse.

In Ocean Matters, join oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski as she meets the scientists who are working to save our ocean and marine life in one of the most remote parts of our planet.  Together, we’ll explore how the cutting-edge marine science research that’s going on there – and other places we visit - is helping to protect species across the world, and better understand what needs to be done to save our seas.

Come on this adventure. Subscribe now, wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.

    Ecosystems – Land, Marine, and The “In Between”

    Ecosystems – Land, Marine, and The “In Between”

    Bizarrely, when it comes to ecology – marine systems and land systems are studied separately. But we need to better understand the “in between”.

    Travelling from vast rainforests, all the way to the sandy shores of remote atolls, join oceanographer Helen Czerski as she explores the power of a healthy ecosystem with Yadvinder Mahli, Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University and Director of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery. What are the processes that keep these important ecosystems in check? And can a healthy island ecosystem improve the state of our ocean?
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    • 28 min
    Eels – Are you in the fan club?

    Eels – Are you in the fan club?

    The more you find out about eels, the more fascinating they become... Even on the scale of the surprises that nature can throw at us.  The European eel starts its life way out in the open ocean, far, far away from land, out in saltwater. It then migrates back thousands of miles towards estuaries, up the estuaries, into the freshwater system. It’s an extraordinary achievement but, as it travels, this is a species that encounters all the water based problems that we humans create.  Join oceanographer and host Helen Czerski as she discovers the eel’s impressive journey, the threats they face, and whether she can find an elusive eel at the banks of Hampton Court in London. With special thanks to Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme Manager, Dr Matt Gollock at Zoological Society London and Phoebe Shaw Stewart from their monitoring programme.  Follow or subscribe now, for free, wherever you get your podcasts so that you never miss an episode. 
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    • 32 min
    BONUS – People Power

    BONUS – People Power

    In episode 12, we heard about the changes our ocean has faced in recent years and why it’s important to remain ‘ocean optimists’ in the fight against climate change. One ocean optimist is Sebastian Yancovic Pakarati, who is from an indigenous community – the Rapa Nui - on Easter Island. In 2014 the Rapa Nui lobbied the Chilean government to create a marine protected area in the waters around Easter Island. Four years later their campaign was successful and the MPA is now one of the world’s largest. Sebastian speaks with producer Izzie Clarke about creating positive change, the important role indigenous communities play in ocean conservation, and shares his advice for listeners wanting to make a difference.  Ocean Matters will be taking a short break to bring you season two. In the meantime, do listen and share the series so far. You can also visit the Bertarelli Foundation’s website marine.science, as well as @Marine_Science on Twitter to share your ocean enthusiasm. Ocean Matters is a Fresh Air Production for the Bertarelli Foundation. Follow or subscribe now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, and we’ll be back in spring 2022.
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    • 12 min
    Witness for a Changing Ocean

    Witness for a Changing Ocean

    Everyone who studies the ocean recognizes that many parts of it are in a state of flux – always changing.  That is the natural state of things.  But sometimes changes become extreme or too frequent, and that is when problems arise. In 2015 and 2016 a massive El Nino event impacted coral reefs around the world. This week, presenter and oceanographer Helen Czerski is joined by four scientists who experienced this event and its consequences, but who still see reasons for ocean optimism.  

    With special thanks to our panel: Dr. Catherine Head, a postdoctoral researcher at the Zoological Society of London and the University of Oxford; Dr. Mark Meekan, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Prof. Jessica Meeuwig, from the Marine Futures Lab at the University of Western Australia; and Prof. Heather Koldewey, Head of the Bertarelli Marine Science Programme. Ocean Matters is a Fresh Air Production for the Bertarelli Foundation. Follow or subscribe now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.
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    • 43 min
    BONUS – The Future of Coral Reefs

    BONUS – The Future of Coral Reefs

    With COP26 having been and gone, one thing is clear - we need positive climate action. But while climate change has been edging its way into the public consciousness, scientists, innovators, communities and campaigners have been building an strong foundation for change.  We are not starting from square one.

    In this bonus episode of Ocean Matters, Helen Czerski meets one of those scientists. Dr Gareth Williams, from the University of Bangor, models climate change to better understand its impact on coral reefs and what may happen to them in the future. 

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    • 18 min
    COP26 – Fighting for our Ocean

    COP26 – Fighting for our Ocean

    COP26 is taking place in Glasgow, with the eyes of the world on the decisions being made, and climate change is finally getting the serious attention that scientists and campaigners have been demanding for a long time. But it’s only relatively recently that the public debate has really started to include the ocean, and a much deeper appreciation of the connection between our global ocean and Earth’s climate.

    This month, Helen Czerski explores a changing climate is affecting our ocean, and how a changing ocean is affecting our climate. And what policies would really make a difference for Earth’s vast blue heart?

    With thanks to Professor Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor Steve Simpson, from the University of Bristol, and Lord Deben, a former Environment Secretary described as the “Environment Secretary against which all others are judged”.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

SMASTER ,

Full of great marine science insight

This is a great listen, and is full of fascinating insights about our oceans and marine science. Highly recommended.

sea bunting ,

A very important message for anyone who is interested in our planet having a future.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening - thank you !

geographykate ,

Excellent podcast

Well presented and a good length! Talks about an important issue that cannot be overlooked- the health of our oceans. Looking forward to hearing more.

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