Future Ecologies

Future Ecologies

Broadcasting from the Pacific Northwest, Future Ecologies is an ongoing series of stories about the land around us. We examine the ecological processes that define planet earth: how they affect us, how we’ve affected them, and how we can harness them...Show More
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FE1.4 - Luces en el Cielo

53:36 | Aug 16th, 2018

During the devastating September 9, 2017 earthquake off the coast of southern Mexico, residents of Mexico City and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala witnessed mysterious bursts of light in the sky. These lights, however, were not UFOs, exploding transformers...Show More
UNLOCKED – Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords

1:16:00 | Mar 6th

We've unlocked our 11-episode Patreon series – Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, and occasionally the two of us, dive deep into jellyfish species and phyla. Find stories and science on: - Aurelia labiata (the moon jelly) - Turritopsis dohrnii (the immortal jell...Show More
True Dreams: The Music of Season 1

02:54 | Jan 30th

We’ve dropped an album. Those in the know might recognize the prolific Sunfish Moon Light as the musical alter-ego of Future Ecologies co-host, Adam Huggins. Now you can listen to the original, full-length instrumentals that set the mood for Season ...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 11: Salpidae

0:00 | Jan 12th

This is it - the last of our Jellyfish Overlords series. Today we're featuring Salps, Larvaceans, and Pyrosomes AKA your long lost pelagic cousins. This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporters - join them at  patreon.com/futureec...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 10: Polyorchis penicillatus

0:00 | Dec 27th, 2018

This week, we're introducing Polyorchis penicillatus (a.k.a. the bell jelly). This gorgeous jelly was once common, but now its medusae are as elusive as the mystery of its polyp stage.⁣ This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporters...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 9: Siphonophorae

0:00 | Dec 13th, 2018

Season 1 may be over on the main feed, but we've got a few more overlords for you yet! If you're familiar with your ocean fauna, you may have already heard of the order Siphonophorae, the Portuguese Man 'O War being the most famous member. List...Show More
FE1.11 - Funerary Ecologies

51:04 | Dec 5th, 2018

Forever is a really long time. This episode is about death, and its transformative power on the landscape. It’s also the last episode of Season 1. It may be trivial to remind you that death is an unavoidable part of life. However, death is an act th...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 8: Carukia Barnesi and Malo spp. (The Irukandjis)

0:00 | Nov 29th, 2018

We're back with more Cubozoans! Presenting the infamous Irukandji, which is a complex of similar species. These tiny box jellyfish pack a punch like no other, but you're not likely to see them coming. Listen and find out why you should take bea...Show More
FE1.10 - Rushing Downriver

39:30 | Nov 22nd, 2018

In this conclusion to our series on dam removal, we travel from the Klamath up to the Olympic Peninsula, and the site of the former Elwha and Glines Canyon dams. What did it actually take to bring the dams down, and what lessons can we take forward t...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 7: Ctenophora

0:00 | Nov 15th, 2018

Ctenophora! A diverse group of otherworldly beauty. These are the comb jellies, named after the rows of cilia they use to hum through the water. Today's mini-episode is a dive into the phylum Ctenophora, exclusively for our wonderful patreon su...Show More
FE1.9 - Swimming Upstream

47:42 | Nov 7th, 2018

Dams: the quintessence of human power over nature. Wild rivers can be tamed to deliver energy for industry, lakes for recreation, and water for agriculture. But severing the link between land and sea has come with grave ecological costs. The impact o...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 6: Aequorea victoria

0:00 | Nov 1st, 2018

We're back into our species dives with one jellyfish that opened the door to new era of genetic engineering, at its own peril. Meet Aequorea victoria, and its very special protein - GFP. This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporter...Show More
FE1.8 - Jellyfishing for Answers

51:47 | Oct 25th, 2018

How are human activities changing our oceans, and why do these changes all seem to support a new age of jellyfish? What are these ancient, diverse beings: harbingers of doom, or simply the most well-adapted form of life in the sea? In this episode we...Show More
FE1.7 - Help Not Helping

52:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

Almost exactly one year ago, a series of devastating earthquakes rocked southern Mexico. But what if it’s not the earthquakes themselves that pose the greatest threat to these communities? The conflict between institutional and grassroots disaster ...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 5: Bazinga rieki

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Meet a surprising little jelly: Bazinga reiki. Take a few minutes to learn about the strange and beautiful food strategy of this little trickster. This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporters - join them at  patreon.com/futureecolo...Show More
FE1.6 - On Fire pt. 2 "Combustible Communities"

54:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

In this second part of our two-episode series, On Fire, we look at ways to move our civilization forward – without continuing to deny the role of fire in our landscapes. We discuss how prescribed burns are currently conducted, radical new (and old) p...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 4: Chrysaora achlyos

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin introduces us to Chrysaora achlyos, the Black Sea Nettle. Find out why this, one of the showiest jellies out there, exemplifies the words "jellyfish bloom". This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporters - join...Show More
FE1.5 – On Fire pt. 1 "Camas, Cores, and Spores"

50:03 | Aug 29th, 2018

The past two years have been the worst fire years on record across the west coast of North America, with whole communities being engulfed in flames and smoke enveloping major cities for weeks. But as the airways fill once again with stories of valia...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 3: Turritopsis dohrnii

0:00 | Aug 23rd, 2018

We chat with Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin about the incredible, biologically immortal, Turritopsis dohrnii. You've probably heard about this little jellyfish that can live, theoretically, forever. This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon suppor...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 2: Chironex fleckeri

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

In this mini-episode, Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin introduces us to Chironex fleckeri, the Deadly Box Jelly. This episode is just for our wonderful Patreon supporters - join them at patreon.com/futureecologies.
FE1.3 - The Loneliest Plants

47:41 | Aug 1st, 2018

What do you do when you find the last individual of a species previously thought to be extinct? The two rarest plants on earth both live in the Presidio of San Francisco, they’re both in the same genus, and there’s only one left of each. Is there a...Show More
FEmini - Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 1: Aurelia labiata

10:01 | Jul 25th, 2018

Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin introduces us to Aurelia labiata, the Pacific Moon Jelly. This mini-episode is the first of many to be released in the weeks alternating our feature-length episodes. The rest of these mini-episodes will be exclusively available ...Show More
FE1.2 - This is Where it Begins

56:23 | Jul 18th, 2018

The story of modern-day North America begins with the systematic genocide and displacement of indigenous peoples. The social and ecological consequences of this founding trauma have become clearer over time, but so far relatively little has been done...Show More
FE1.1 - Decolonize this Podcast

24:02 | Jul 17th, 2018

Future Ecologies is recorded on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm) Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil- Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) Nations - otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia. But what does that mean? Find show...Show More