Radio Program

Our regular Science and the SeaTM radio program presents marine science topics in an engaging two-minute story format. Our script writers gather ideas for the radio program from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute's researchers and from our very popular college class, Introduction to Oceanography, which we teach to hundreds of non-science majors at The University of Texas at Austin every year. Our radio programs are distributed at to commercial and public radio stations across the country.

February 13, 2022

A fish known as black cod has become a lot more popular in recent years. It has a buttery texture and flavor, and it contains a lot of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. And federal agencies say it’s sustainablecurrent populations and fishing regulations mean it’s not in danger of disappearing.

February 6, 2022

Scientists learn a lot about the oceans by measuring a pinch of this and a smidge of that. These tiny amounts can help trace ocean currents, determine the abundance of microscopic life, measure pollution, plot past changes in the climate, and find out how the current climate is changing.

Scientists are learning all of that and more from Geotraces, an international program that samples the water from all the oceans. Since the start of the program in 2010, scientists from about 35 countries have logged tens of thousands of miles in research cruises.

January 30, 2022

When the clouds begin to thicken up, many of us head for cover. And small marine organisms may do the same thing. Some recent research found that they move up or down as cloud cover changesa way to keep safe as the amount of light changes.

January 23, 2022

For fans of sushi, sashimi, and tuna steaks on the grill, we have some good news. Four species of tuna have rebounded in recent years, lowering the threat of extinction.

January 16, 2022

Only one species of penguin lives north of the equatorand it’s nowhere near the North Pole. Instead, it inhabits the warm, sunny Galapagos Islands, off the coast of South America. But it’s endangeredits population has dwindled to just a couple of thousand.

January 9, 2022

To borrow an old phrase, everything old is new again. Consider life in the Arctic Ocean. As the ocean warmed up after the last Ice Age, it was divided into several layers. The layering made life hard for the smallest members of the marine food chain. And with the Arctic growing warmer now, the same thing could happen again. That could limit not only microscopic life, but larger organisms as well.

January 2, 2022

A volcano responsible for one of the most powerful eruptions of the last 10,000 years may be settling in for a napthe result of higher sea levels.

December 26, 2021

Salmon, tuna, herring, and other fish aren’t just tasty. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids -- healthy fats that may help improve everything from Alzheimer’s to heart disease to arthritis. And a recent study found that you might be able to add migraines to the list as well.

Migraines affect millions of Americans. They generate sharp pain, nausea, and other nasty symptoms. A migraine can last for hours, and it can make it impossible to work or do much of anything else. And many people have chronic migraines, with many attacks per month.

December 19, 2021

The snowflake moray eel has been known to slither onto the beach to catch a tasty crab. That’s not all that unusual -- several species of fish sometimes leave the water to eat. But the snowflake really leaves the water behind. Unlike other fish, it can swallow its prey without swallowing water to wash it down.

December 12, 2021

If your arms and legs are a little stiff when you get out of bed in the morning, you might be envious of the octopus. It has some of the most flexible appendages yet studied. Its eight arms can move in several ways, in any direction, and at any point on the arm.