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Episode 59 -  From Jellyfish to Corals
(with Dr. Mariana Rocha de Souza)
Episode notes:

Meet Dr. Mariana Rocha de Souza, a marine biologist who studies the symbiotic relationship of algae with jellyfish and corals. Mariana talks about her journey, which started in Brazil, and how she moved to France for her masters, where she started researching the fascinating symbiotic relationship between jellyfish and algae. Her next stop was in Hawaii for her Ph.D. where she researched another algae symbiotic relationship - this time with corals. Mariana talks about the finding of her research relating to the importance of origin of the coral in order to better understand how to save this important maritime resource from global warming.

 

After finishing her Ph.D., Mariana is spending a year working with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the United States Department of Commerce), where she gets to learn about the executive side of science, and how policy is decided.

 

Mariana also talks about the challenges and values of studying abroad and getting exposed to different cultures, and the provides some tips on how to obtain funding to survive such expensive endeavors. Mariana talks about the importance of science communication and science education and her volunteering activity with the "Skype a Scientist" program.

 

In this episode Danni drank her Amaretto and Mariana drank coffee.

 

You can follow Mariana:

Twitter: @MRochadeSouza

Instagram: @_marirsouza_

LinkedIn

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