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Nature Works podcast is for everyone who wants to understand our relationship with the natural world and how we can go about improving it. Emphasising science, wild experiences and superbly articulated stories, we learn from global experts across a range of environmental, conservation and adventure topics.

From the last untouched coral reefs of the Pacific to the mountains of Alaska, to the kelp forests of Britain, to the high mountain homes of the snow leopard. Join us as Nature Works discovers the natural world through the voices of experts who understand our planet best.

Nature Works Mike Weeks

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Nature Works podcast is for everyone who wants to understand our relationship with the natural world and how we can go about improving it. Emphasising science, wild experiences and superbly articulated stories, we learn from global experts across a range of environmental, conservation and adventure topics.

From the last untouched coral reefs of the Pacific to the mountains of Alaska, to the kelp forests of Britain, to the high mountain homes of the snow leopard. Join us as Nature Works discovers the natural world through the voices of experts who understand our planet best.

    Episode 10 – Ian Hendy on Human Interactions, Environmental Variation and Climate Change, Responsible for Altering Biodiversity, Biomass and Productivity to Marine Ecosystems

    Episode 10 – Ian Hendy on Human Interactions, Environmental Variation and Climate Change, Responsible for Altering Biodiversity, Biomass and Productivity to Marine Ecosystems

    ‘As a professional marine conservation ecologist, the main goal of my research is to understand how human interactions, environmental variation and climate change are responsible for altering biodiversity, biomass and productivity. My aim, to facilitate the rewilding of marine ecosystems in an effort to restore the natural ecology, biodiversity and energy flow. I look for unusual patterns within my data, and strive to understand diminishing aquatic ecosystems and how best to improve, restore and manage those impacts.’
    Research papers Dr Ian has written/ contributed to
    -       Biodegraders of large woody debris across a tidal gradient in an Indonesian mangrove ecosystem
    -       Climate-driven golden tides are reshaping coastal communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico
    -       Seagrass Restoration Handbook: UK and Ireland
    -       Ephemeral detection of Bonamia exitiosa (Haplosporida) in adult and larval European flat oysters Ostrea edulis in the Solent, United Kingdom
    -       Interactions of larval dynamics and substrate preference have ecological significance for benthic biodiversity and Ostrea edulis Linnaeus, 1758 in the presence of Crepidula fornicata
    -       Mosquitofish avoid thermal stress by moving from open water to the shade of the mangrove Rhizophora mangle
    -       Active management is required to turn the tide for depleted Ostrea edulis stocks from the effects of overfishing, disease and invasive species
    -       Modeling projected changes of mangrove biomass in different climatic scenarios in the Sunda Banda Seascapes
    -       Rhizophora stylosa prop roots even when damaged prevent wood-boring teredinids from toppling the trees
    -       Seagrass-associated macrobenthic functional diversity and functional structure along an estuarine gradient
    -       Functional uniformity underlies the common spatial structure of macrofaunal assemblages in intertidal seagrass beds
    -       Wild Asia
    -       Habitat creation and biodiversity maintenance in mangrove forests: teredinid bivalves as ecosystem engineers
    -       Mangrove forests of the Wakatobi National Park

    • 59 min
    Episode 9- Mike Allen on Seagrass: A New Set of Lungs

    Episode 9- Mike Allen on Seagrass: A New Set of Lungs

    Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter. His interests are varied and encompass both blue skies and applied research topics. Blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development.
    Mike’s current academic research projects include co-evolution of coccolithophores and coccolithoviruses, sphingolipid biosynthesis, novel protein characterisation, lytic and latent phytoplankton viruses, phytoplankton and virus isolation. Applied projects include biofuel production and processing, bioremediation, water sanitation, high throughput liquid processing and the development of novel photobioreactor technologies for promoting microalgal growth. 
    Current and recent funding sources include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Roddenberry Foundation, BBSRC and Innovate UK.
    For more information on Mike, follow him @Mike_J_Allen on twitter, check out his website www.bluemicrobe.co.uk, or one of his project pages at www.phycomex.uk .

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 8- David and Laura Hertz on Nature-Based Systems Thinking & the Democratisation of Water

    Episode 8- David and Laura Hertz on Nature-Based Systems Thinking & the Democratisation of Water

    David and Laura Hertz — On Nature-Based Systems Thinking, on Resilient Communities through Design, on Their Award-Winning Atmospheric Water Sequestration Invention WEDEW, on the Democratization of Natural Resources, and on the Resilience Fund.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 7- Lida Pet-Soede on the World's Last Fisheries, Marine Conservation and Shifting Baselines

    Episode 7- Lida Pet-Soede on the World's Last Fisheries, Marine Conservation and Shifting Baselines

    Lida Pet-Soede – on Is the global over fishing problem as bad as we’re told? Shifting baselines – what is viewed as normal today would have been unacceptable in the past.

    • 57 min
    Episode 6 - Guy Hayler on The Business of Doing Right for the Planet

    Episode 6 - Guy Hayler on The Business of Doing Right for the Planet

    Guy Hayler – On How to Inspire People to Connect with Nature, Applying a Positive Mindset to Deliver Business as a Force For Good.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 5- Olly Pemberton on Wildlife Conservation Documentary Filming

    Episode 5- Olly Pemberton on Wildlife Conservation Documentary Filming

    Olly Pemberton — on Capturing the Elusive Snow-Leopard Through the Lens, Wildlife Conservation Projects He Filmed, on Rewilding the Great Outdoors and The Need to Integrate Community into Conservation Stewardship

    • 1 hr 32 min

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