A quick update on my experience going open water swimming for the first time in 2021. Spoiler alert, IT WAS COLD.
It's open water swimming season (well, to be honest with the right gear it's always open water swimming season!). So this episode, I want to explore with you the ins and outs of open water swimming. Safety first, so you'll hear quite a few health disclaimers to keep you safe and sound and then, and... Continue Reading →
European Maritime Day is approaching fast - this year it is held virtually on May 20-21 in Den Helder in The Netherlands and it promises to be good and exciting. The agenda is out and I am looking very much forward to all the different active workshops and plenary sessions and just having an opportunity... Continue Reading →
Netflix's newest documentary "Seaspiracy" has been making waves. I watched it and there is much to say about it. This episode will provide some critical insight into why documentaries like this are important but also, why you should be careful to view the main message of this documentary critically. Listener note: This episode was recorded... Continue Reading →
Do whales need to rest? And if so, how do they sleep? In this week's episode I explore how sperm whales rest and how they use their social family structures to protect themselves and their female companions. I'll also talk about why male sperm whales don't travel with female sperm whales and why calves will... Continue Reading →
Writing is hard – there are no two ways about it. But there are tools to make it easier and one of the tools I have in my toolbox are outlines and reverse outlines. An outline is pretty much an introduction – a middle part – a conclusion – sounds pretty basic, doesn’t it? It... Continue Reading →
When I started thinking about women that inspired me, my mind started racing into so many different directions. I could have spoken to you about women that I've had the opportunity to meet - women that are in the public eye - women that went against the norm to achieve something amazing - women that... Continue Reading →
Ever wondered why sometimes you see thousands of dolphins travel together? Ever wondered what it would feel like to witness that and maybe even, what it would feel like to all of a sudden being part of it? It's an incredible spectacle that I got to live in the summer of 2015 in the Azores... Continue Reading →
My favourite thing to do is watch humpbacks feed - if you're lucky, you get to see every inch of their body as they move around, sometimes really fast and other times really slow and yet both behaviours serve the same purpose. I've never been more mesmerised than watching large animals feed in the water.... Continue Reading →
I've always wondered what it would be like to feel no gravity and at the same time be in complete darkness and while that sounds scary or in the least unsettling, it's actually quite the opposite, comforting and somewhat freeing. I tried the zero gravity floats and let me tell you, it is something else!... Continue Reading →
It took me forever to decide whether or not to get a drone and then one day, after having done some shore watching and realising that the thing I want to explore would be much easier to explore with a drone, I went for it and haven't looked back since. This week I talk about... Continue Reading →
I love writing, always have, but that doesn't mean I don't struggle with actually getting the words out. Join me on this week's episode where I talk about brain dumps and how this useful writing exercise helps structuring my professional and personal life. Give it a go and let me know what you think!
I recently 'cleaned' my perfectly fine pair of binoculars until they weren't perfectly fine anymore and then I spent days trying to figure out which new pair to get (it just wasn't feasible trying to fix the old ones). And then it got me thinking, why are binoculars such an important tool for marine mammal... Continue Reading →
We all write - all the time, but few of us actually think about *how* to write. In this week's episode I explore a magic writing formula. Writing is a four step process and if you know about it, writing and reading becomes so much easier and that much more fun. The four steps are:... Continue Reading →
I have a creative mind but when it comes to execution, I often overshoot the target but one way I know I can never go wrong is creating gigamaps which are brainstorming mindmaps. If you ever sat next to me in a conference or a meeting you will have seen me create these while listening... Continue Reading →
I am so excited for this - a UN proclaimed and dedicated decade to ocean science and generating ocean knowledge to achieve the sustainable development goals - particularly SDG 14 - Life below water. In this episode, I explore what the ocean decade is, why it is important, and how you can get involved -... Continue Reading →
Have you ever been at the beach enjoying a lovely sunset and just as the sunset a green light flashed before your eyes? No - it wasn't Superman flying through the air, it was actually a natural phenomenon that this week we'll explore. Also, a word of warning - please do not EVER stare into... Continue Reading →
Typically, I'd go short but this time I decided to take you on a longer exploration back to 2014 where I went from super busy Hong Kong to remote places in Malaysia. I did some ecotourism and feared for my life while experiencing things that even now I can't believe I ever got to do.... Continue Reading →
I've found myself separating the idea of wellbeing and sustainability but really, effective management strategies marry these concepts perfectly. But what does wellbeing and personal wellbeing actually look like and why is it important? I explore some of these concepts in this week's episode where I'll talk about finding my own heartbeat (literally) as a... Continue Reading →
I've met lots of people who would avoid getting on a boat because of fear of getting seasick. I'll let you in on a secret, I get terribly seasick but I've got some quick acting remedies! In this episode, we are exploring seasickness and what to do before, while, and after you're experiencing it!
What is sustainable development and what do we actually mean when we say that something is sustainable? And how come that when we talk about environmental sustainability and economic sustainability it seems like these two are not at all related? In this episode I explore the meaning of sustainable development in the marine space. We... Continue Reading →
Seabed mining is a controversial topic - from why we are mining to how we are mining and things we need to consider before we go further, it is all explored in this week's episode.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) or Law of the Sea - for short, is my favourite framework, not just because of its amazing name but because it is the foundation on which we build our management approaches when it comes to the sea. I could talk hours about what... Continue Reading →
Are scientists just mad? Or are they creative geniuses? Well, most likely they're a bit of both, but I believe that scientists are artists in every sense of that definition.
Ever wondered what a group of jellyfish are called? Or what impact jellyfish have on aquaculture? And why jellyfish are important for our natural ecosystem? Dr. Damien Haberlin, MaREI (the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation co-ordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork) gave up his... Continue Reading →
Do scientists enjoy "normal TV"? A 1000 times YES. Perhaps more so than we like to admit. Have a listen on today's episode and take a guess at my favourite (ocean-related) reality TV show but also, why I am enjoying - I mean loving - reality TV
I am a professional cheerleader and you should be too! By supporting each other and empowering each other we will get much further ahead than with creating doubt and tearing each other down. I've been on both sides and let me tell you, rejection is no fun. So, instead, I became a professional cheerleader!
Ever wondered if whale watching could be a career? The answer is yes. Join me as I explore marine mammal observation and why it's important. I'll explore what happens to sound underwater and the effects of that on marine mammals and how hard it actually is to detect any marine activity!
What is it I actually do? I ask myself that question a lot of times - here is a quick introduction to what I do.
Have you ever wondered how some people just seem to communicate and network effortlessly? I've thought about that a lot too and put together a few "what to dos" to help change your soft skills to power skills!
It's a quick one! What do I miss the most from my home place? Austrian coffee houses! The concept of being able to meet someone and discuss anything from politics to hair colors while having a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of cake? Sign me up!
Blue growth has been all I've been thinking about in the past two years. One way or another we are more and more moving towards the ocean as a valuable way to create jobs and to create economies. But we cannot do that if we stay on the green course only. So what can we... Continue Reading →
When I tell people about having the joy of working on marine related issues, they ask if I'm a marine biologist. Which I'm not. I work on marine innovation and I work on policy and then I often get a very blank stare and I get it, on paper that does not sound sexy. But... Continue Reading →
When I was younger my dad would drive us around, the entire family - I have no idea why we always seemed to be in the car, but I have so many memories of sitting in the backseat with my parents sitting in the front conversing about anything. My mom would sit next to my... Continue Reading →
Side note: Glasklar is a German expression which means that something is as clear as glass, it's easy to understand and see-through and evident and does not require any further explanation. I just had a full-blown mental breakdown (or as much of a breakdown as people like me will be able to experience one). If... Continue Reading →
I've been trying to formulate these words for days now, yet they would just not come out right and really - in the current global situation, are there even 'right' words? Probably not. I'll try anyways. When I was younger, I was fearless to a point of no return. I just did not know what... Continue Reading →
Lately, I've been struggling with what will become of me when I grow up. I'm 32, I don't own anything that really is mine other than a windowsill of succulents and a very soft blankets that gives me more comfort than I care to admit, I don't live with my husband which, believe it or... Continue Reading →
Twelve years ago, by chance, I discovered Shel Silverstein's 'The missing piece'. I gravitated towards the simplicity of it, a few lines, a few words, a whole new way of describing the most basic principles of what it means to be human in a world where everyone tells you that you're never enough. If you... Continue Reading →
I have been contemplating what to write for the past two months - not for the lack of things happening, if anything there would be so much to tell, but honestly between work, workouts, and questionable work-life balance, I have no idea how to form any words beyond my usual everyday jibberish. So, as it's... Continue Reading →
People ask me what the hardest part about living apart from my partner is. It's difficult to explain and in many ways I think even more difficult to understand. But I'll try anyways. So, here are a few things that we've found help us when things are really getting tough. Decision. When A and I... Continue Reading →
Few things in life come easy to me. I'd almost argue even the opposite, that compared to the average person everything feels twice as difficult for me. Anything, I will immediately fail at and no matter how often you explain anything from how to cook a simple meal to how to determine the differences in... Continue Reading →
They say the first step of recovery is realizing that you have a problem. I have an immense problem and it's that not more people love the ocean as much as I do, it's a real struggle and painful to see how little knowledge people have about our most important life-line. I've always been incredibly... Continue Reading →
Lately A and I have been playing a little game we like to call "remember when...?". It's our way of reminding each other of all the horrific, embarrassing, and love-filled memories we have made over the past decade. Versions of some of our memories I've retold on this blog, but to be honest, most of... Continue Reading →
When I was younger I felt invisible in every way possible. I'd say part of it was my upbringing and part of it was my personality. While I'm very sociable, I never enjoyed meeting people until I was able to do smalltalk, which to this day still always end in mind-numbing silence two sentences into... Continue Reading →
Humans are excellent storytellers, we fabricate ideas, formulate story lines, interpret and analyze every little detail, of what ever is happening before our eyes just to make sense of it in our the picture of the world we create for ourselves. To date, I am not aware of any other species that does this, so... Continue Reading →
I think we all can agree that nature is really awesome. From tiny little critters to majestic creatures of the sea and everything in between, planet ocean is simply magnificent and there is really no place like it! But you know what's even more awesome? Human knowledge being passed down from generation to generation, from... Continue Reading →
Who says you have to travel far and wide to see all the magic that this world has to offer? The truth is you don't, you just need to know where to look or rather you just need to be ready when it magically appears. It may be over in a blink of an eye,... Continue Reading →
A couple months ago I was invited to work on a research vessel as a marine mammal observer - which to simplify means that I'll be professionally whale watching (of course there is MUCH MORE to that than just gazing at beautiful marine mammals - I'll actually be making sure that they're not hurt in... Continue Reading →
I sometimes forget that not everyone gets the chance to experience the things that I am fortunate enough to experience. I keep telling myself (and anyone who asks) that everything I do, everyone else can do to. And while that is true in theory, I know that in practice that this is not true. So,... Continue Reading →
A and I moved to Norway almost eight years ago. I'd like to say that we both knew what we were getting into, but the reality is, we didn't have the slightest idea of what that actually meant. If I had to describe it, I'd say it's like the scene where Dr. Strange for the... Continue Reading →