Aquadocs is the #1 podcast focused on aquatic medicine and a Top 50 Life Sciences podcast. Each week host Michelle Greenfield (Cornell Veterinary Medicine ‘23) interviews veterinarians and other animal health experts about their roles in the aquatics community. If you are looking for a fun and easy way to learn more about marine mammals, aquaculture, fish/exotic private practice, science communication and policy, new research, and more, this is the resource for you! Episodes are available on your favorite podcast streaming services (Apple, Spotify, Google) and at www.aquadocspodcast.com.
59. FishTracker: The Kids Are On The Case
FishTracker is a student-oriented citizen science project based at Cornell University that records and maps the presence of several species of fish, both endangered and invasive, in New York State. What is awesome about this program is that K-12 students and teachers from New York collect environmental DNA (eDNA) from water samples and send these samples to Cornell for analysis. FishTracker team members then use quantitative PCR to analyze these samples and incorporate their findings into a fish species database and send their results back to the classrooms. This is an incredible program so tune in to learn more and be amazed at ways you can involve young children into important scientific endeavors. Want to get involved, check out their website: https://fishtracker.vet.cornell.edu/.
Thank you to the Cornell University Serve in Place Fund for supporting this episode.
58. North Atlantic Right Whales
There are fewer than 400 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales left in the world. Human impacts, specifically entanglements in fishing gear and vessels strikes, serve as the biggest threats to the survival of this species. On This week's episode of Aquadocs Podcast, host Michelle Greenfield interviews Dr. Michael Moore, senior scientist in the biology department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution about his long-term work with this species. Dr. Moore recently published a book titled We Are All Whalers: The Plight of Whales and Our Responsibility that documents his work with these animals and what he believes we need to do to protect this species. Tune in for a conversation about the stories behind this book as well as a discussion on our social responsibility to step in and help save these whales.
57. History Lesson on Aquatic Vets
On this week's episode of Aquadocs, host Michelle Greenfield interviews Dr. David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV, a veterinarian and an extraordinary professor at the university of Pretoria in South Africa and Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany. Dr. Scarfe shares his experience working for the AVMA and documents his perspective of the evolution of aquatic veterinary medicine.
56. It's Ok To Ask a Dolphin Its Age
What's the best way to age a dolphin? Previously, veterinarians would pull a tooth and count the rings within it, just like you might try to age a tree by its rings. But a recent study by Dr. Ashley Barratclough provides an even better, simpler, and less invasive option: blood and skin! On this weeks episode of Aquadocs, host Michelle Greenfield interviews Dr. Ashley Barratclough, conservation medicine veterinarian at the National Marine Mammal Foundation about her research in Epigenetics and estimating the age of bottlenose dolphins from blood or remotely sampled skin. This new method opens the door for a variety of future research projects and might even be a way to better understand less studied populations of free ranging marine mammals.
Research Article: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353739030_Accurate_Epigenetic_Aging_in_Bottlenose_Dolphins_Tursiops_truncatus_an_Essential_Step_in_the_Conservation_of_at-Risk_Dolphins
55. Fish Painkillers
What are the appropriate painkiller drugs you can use in fish? On this week's episode of Aquadocs, Dr. Claire Grosset, assistant professor in zoological medicine at the Université de Montréal, explains a study she recently published about using Robenacoxib, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in rainbow trout. We discuss the ins and outs of this study, and whether this is a safe and practical drug to use in fish (fun fact, it's commonly used in other species like cats!). And wish Michelle a huge congrats on making it to her clinical rotations!
To read Dr. Grosset's article, follow this link: https://bioone.org/journals/journal-of-zoo-and-wildlife-medicine/volume-52/issue-2/2020-0130/PHARMACOKINETIC-PHARMACODYNAMIC-AND-TOXICOLOGY-STUDY-OF-ROBENACOXIB-IN-RAINBOW-TROUT/10.1638/2020-0130.short
54. Saving Atlantic Coral
Coral are such an important species that most people probably don't even recognize need veterinary attention. On this weeks episode of Aquadocs, host Michelle Greenfield interviews Dr. Ilze Berzins, an aquatic animal veterinarian who has worked with a number of coral health issues. In particular, we focus on Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), of which over 40 species of Atlantic coral are currently facing an unprecedented infectious epidemic. We’ll discuss why this disease is different from other crises facing coral and what possibilities exist for protecting and saving these coral.
Best podcast ever!
Michelle, you already know I love your podcast. I love your passion and your drive. This podcast engages its audience every episode and leaves us wanting more. This is my favorite podcast and I highly recommend everyone listen to this.
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What an incredible podcast. I love listening to the new episodes every week. Keep up the great work!
A Whale of a Podcast
This podcast has really interesting sea life topics that are great to listen to and learn from. I look forward to listening to the new episode every week.