The AESS Podcast


What is the ESS podcast?

Environmental Studies and Sciences is a podcast covering some of the latest research on environmental issues and hot topics in the environmental field, with leading academics and upcoming environmental researchers. The podcast is produced by Speak Up for Blue Productions on behalf of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The host is Dr Chris Parsons.

Why publish a podcast from AESS?

Podcasts are currently the most effective form of science communication as they are widely distributed, and allow researchers to explain their work in their own words, rather than coming through the filter of a journalist or a publicity office. Podcasts are also a very popular medium for communication as the public listen to them on their commutes, while jogging/at the gym, while travelling, first thing in the morning while eating breakfast, of listening to the to unwind last thong at night. Unlike printed articles, the public tends to listen to podcasts in their entirety, with studies showing that people, on average, listen to 35 minutes of a podcast, verses just reading the headlines or first paragraph for printed media, or the just watching the first five seconds when it comes to video-based materials.

How can my organization get involved?

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

5 ESS podcasts 30-40 second advertisement spot for program or product in each episode $1500

Sponsors may also suggest themes that they may like some of the podcasts to cover (e.g. water issues, forestry, etc.) or suggest people who they think might make good guests. Sponsor today!

Know someone who might like to sponsor? Share our sponsorship flyer.

I’ve always wanted to be on a podcast!

Want your research to be on an episode? Reach out to Dr. Chris Parsons.

Released Episodes (as of July 1, 2020)

  • Episode 1 – Dr Peter Jacques, the president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) – the shadowy forces behind climate change denial, the importance of interdisciplinary environmental research and about AESS as a community and advocate for interdisciplinary environmental research.
  • Episode 2 – Dr Dorceta Taylor – the importance of diversity in environmental researchers and practitioners, and what organizations can do to help promote diversity.
  • Episode 3 – Drs Tina Limpert – environmental themes in films and how they can help raise awareness of issues in the general public.
  • Episode 4 – Dr Wil Burns – possible geo-engineering solution to help mitigate climate change.
  • Episode 5 – Dr Kate O’Neil – waste management, recycling and the current trash crisis.
  • Episode 6 – Dr David Gosselin – forming effecting interdisciplinary teams for environmental projects, and leadership skills in the environmental arena.
  • Episode 7 – Dr David Shiffman – benefits and effectiveness of using Twitter and other types of social media to communicate your environmental research, including tips on what to do, and importantly what not to do.
  • Episode 8 –Dr Patricia DeMarco – the “Green New Deal” and the importance of scientists and environmental researchers standing for Government.
  • Episode 9 –Dr Chris Neff – shark culling and the myth of the “rogue shark”, as well as the pressures on academics that take a stance advocating for their science. Also, diversity and LGBT researchers, and what can be done to support this community in the environmental studies and sciences field.
  • Episode 10 –Dr Russanne Low – a new citizen science app that allows the tracking of potentially disease-transmitting mosquitos, and how it’s being used to monitor the effects of climate change on insect vectors for the transmission of diseases such as zika and dengue.
  • Episode 11 – Dr Rob Harcourt – the wildfires in Australia, their impacts on wildlife, climate change and the Australian Government’s reaction to the crisis.
  • Episode 12 –Dr Brett Favaro – electric cars, climate footprints, sustainable conferences, environmental advocacy, reducing fisheries by-catch and making sure science is useful for environmental managers.
  • Episode 13 –Angelo Villagomez -Marine Protected Areas, how well they actually protect the marine environment and, in particular, the Mariana Islands Marine National Monument.
  • Episode 14 – Sophia Paul and Dr Dorceta Taylor – Big gender and racial inequity in the salaries of environmental NGO salaries
  • Episode 15 – Dr Tom Dietz – The human dimensions of environmental research, inter-disciplinary studies and Earth Day