My Ocean takes listeners on an adventure into the minds of some of the world’s true ocean champions and dives in to the remarkable ways they are protecting our blue planet. Each episode profiles a new personality, someone who has thrown convention to the wind and instead followed their own path to making a difference for the world’s oceans. Hosted by Alexis Brown.

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February 15, 2018

EPISODE 3: Serving the oceans

Jess Schultz

How do you get from serving in Afghanistan to observing sea stars as they lose their limbs in B.C.’s Howe Sound? Just ask Jess Schultz. She’s a marine ecologist with Ocean Wise and has helped keep tabs on species old and new in North America’s southernmost fjord. Much of its wildlife disappeared after a copper mine fed waste into it for decades, and Jess is part of the team that’s helping revive this vital ecosystem. It’s all part of her drive to serve a purpose greater than herself, whether it’s her country or the ocean.

Dive deeper:

Click here to take a look at the Ocean Watch report on Howe Sound.

Twitter: @EmeraldSeaJess

EPISODE 2: Diving in style

Karina Oliani
Photo Credit: Ale Socci

Our attention spans are shorter than ever so in order to get noticed, sometimes you have to do something that really makes a splash. Enter Karina Oliani, a Brazilian TV personality whose diving photos are the definition of “wow” factor. A doctor with a specialization in wilderness medicine, she has a thirst for adrenaline that has taken her up Everest (twice!) She’s also put on designer dresses and done a four-hour underwater photoshoot surrounded by sharks to raise awareness about humans illegally killing them. Next up: a photoshoot to take on plastic.

Dive deeper:
To see more of Karina’s incredible photos and videos, visit her website.

Instagram: @KarinaOliani
Twitter: @KarinaOliani
Facebook: Karina.Oliani

EPISODE 1: Brain on water

J Nichols
Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky

What is it about being near water that makes us so happy? Why do crashing waves have such a calming and meditative effect on our minds? Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is a marine biologist based in California. He’s a pioneer in studying the therapeutic effects of being on, above, under or near water and risked his reputation along the way because his ideas were so unconventional. J envisions a world where we might treat mental health not just with medicine but maybe a surf lesson too.

Dive deeper:
Check out J’s Indiegogo campaign for a documentary here.

Instagram: @WallaceJNichols
Twitter: @WallaceJNichols
Facebook: @WallaceJNichols