April 12, 2022

EP. 260 — What’s A Day In The Life Of A Coral Reef? with Dr. Juli Berwald

Coral are teeny tiny animals just two layers thick, and yet they create the biggest structures made by any biological creatures on the planet—like, the size of Italy big. Literally HOW! This week, Dr. Juli Berwald and Jonathan dive deep on all things coral, from their mating behaviors to their “badass merger” with algae to coral reefs’ critical importance to life in the ocean and on land.

Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. She’s the author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone and a contributor to The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate. Her new book Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs is out now.

You can follow Dr. Berwald on Twitter and Instagram @juliberwald. Her website is www.juliberwald.com.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Juli Berwald JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Juli Berwald, where I ask her: What’s a day in the life of a coral reef? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. We have such an interesting episode for you today. So welcome to the show, Dr. Juli Berwald, who is a science writer living in Austin, Texas. Yes, Austin, Texas! She’s the author of “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.” Her new book “Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs” is out now. Our guiding question for today is: how deep can we dive in coral reefs? Or on coral reefs, really, however you want to think about it! But first of all, how are you, Dr. Juli?  JULI BERWALD [00:00:53] I’m so fantastic

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