The Natural Laboratory show

The Natural Laboratory

Summary: The Natural Laboratory explores science at Bay Area National Parks--especially Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Muir Woods National Monument. In each episode we discover how researchers are solving mysteries of the natural world in our parks. Visit,,, and for more information about the parks and programs featured in this podcast. The music used in this podcast is by Ocean Alexander. It is used under a Creative Commons license.

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 Ocean Acidification: Where will all the seashells go? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:46

Cassandra Brooks interviews Ann Russell, Terry Swyer, and Andrew Dickson about ocean acidification.

 Deep-water Corals of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:43

Cassandra Brooks interviews Lisa Etherington and Dan Howard about Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary's deep-water corals.

 An Underground Answer to Greenhouse Gasses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:36

Daniel Strain interviews Becca Ryals and Whendee Silver about efforts to sequester carbon dioxide in the soils of wild meadows and rangelands across California.

 Birds on the go: Climate change and California's feathered friends | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:24

Daniel Strain interviews Diana Stralberg about how climate change will impact California's birds.

 Sustainability at Point Reyes National Seashore | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:23

Daniel Strain interviews John Dell’Osso and Sara Hammond about what Point Reyes National Seashore is doing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to become more sustainable.

 Understanding the ecology of native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:43

Ted Grosholz and his students discuss what may limit the Olympia oyster’s recovery and potential restoration efforts.

 Death Cap Mushrooms at Point Reyes National Seashore | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:28

Benjamin Wolfe discusses his research on the invasion of Death Cap Mushrooms at Point Reyes.

 New Findings about Great White Sharks of the North Pacific | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:04

Scot Anderson describes new findings about White Sharks.

 Climate Change's impact on the California Coast - Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:56

Dr. Frank Schwing, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shares his findings about how climate change has been affecting the California Current and the ecosytem that depends on it.

 Fishing for the Humboldt Squid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:16

Join a team of researchers as they search for the Humboldt Squid.

 The Return of the Tidewater Goby | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 2:26

Meet the Tidewater Goby, one of the most endangered fish in the Point Reyes National Seashore region. Learn about current efforts to restore Tidewater Goby populations.

 White Sharks of the Northern Pacific | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:10

Join the search for one of the ocean’s great hunters--the white shark. In this episode, we join a team of shark researchers off the tip of Tomales Point as they study this mysterious predator.


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