We had a great conversation with Dr. Tonya Shearer in our latest Lunch With A Scientist episode.
Tonya has a PhD in biology and specializes in coral reef health using genetic and genomic technology. As a marine biologist, her research led her to study reefs around the world. Over the last nine years, she developed and now runs two informal science education centers in the metro-Atlanta area specializing in hands-on STEM activities. Tonya is also a scuba instructor who uses scuba and scientific diving to give kids immersive STEM experiences. Most recently, she has joined the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop marine education programs with academic, government and commercial partners to share her mission of ocean conservation.
We had a great conversation with Dr. Gisele Montano in our latest Lunch With A Scientist episode. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Montano is the Director of Species Sustainability at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
Her research on reproductive physiology focused on sexing technology applied to frozen-thawed spermatozoa from bottlenose dolphins. Dr. Montano has collaborated on various studies in several different species such as dolphins, beluga, killer whales, penguins, elephants, rhinos and most currently sharks. She has participated in 12 Ocearch expeditions, examining white sharks in the East Coast of United States and Canada.
She dives into her research with marine animals while also giving us a glimpse into her path into her career and what challenges she faced.
A renowned oceanographer and explorer, David Gallo, Ph.D, joins Headwaters Science Institute to share astonishing footage of rarely seen deep-sea creatures, volcanic vents and his groundbreaking exploration of the Titanic wreckage.
He also shares with Headwaters an extended and updated version of his TEDTalk “Underwater Astonishments” that has received millions of views, which includes the path he took to becoming an oceanographer, the threats our oceans and entire planet face from human impacts and advice for students interested in embarking on a life in science.
For nearly 30 years he was Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. Subsequently he was Senior Adviser for Strategic Initiatives at RMSTitanic Inc. Today, he is independent and remains at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating in, being witness to and communicating the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth.
He has been described by TED Conferences as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 16 million views his TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” has been among the all-time top TED Talks. Dr. Gallo is personally committed to keeping curiosity alive. He has lectured internationally to audiences ranging from children to CEOs with the goal of awakening the little bit of Jacques Cousteau and Jules Vernes that resides in each of us. He has appeared in numerous documentaries (Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic).
He is also no stranger to televised national and international news programs such as Face the Nation (CBS), Good Morning America (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), The Weather Channel, PBS, and MSNBC). He was a CNN on-air analyst throughout the failed search for Malaysion Flight 370 and remains a CNN ocean analyst today.