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Making Waves

Making Waves is a podcast produced by the Society for Freshwater Science that aims to bring current research in freshwater to a broader audience through engaging interviews with scientists. The podcast features short interviews with researchers in the field of freshwater science. Topics include biodiversity, ecology, technology, and more.

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Share Your Science!

If you are interested in being interviewed about your research, please send an email to including a brief statement of why you are interested in profiling your work. We are especially interested in covering recent high-profile research, but will consider any compelling story. You do not need to be a member of SFS to participate.

Current Hosts

Stephen Elser

Stephen is a PhD student in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is interested in ecosystem services of aquatic systems, how urbanization affects those systems, and how to build urban resilience by maximizing ecosystem service production.

Julie Kelso

Julie Kelso is a PhD student in Ecology at Utah State University. She spends her time trying to figure out what dissolved organic matter is composed of and how fast it decays. She is also a science reporter at Utah Public Radio and enjoys communicating the science of anything involving water to the people of Utah.

Erin Larson

Erin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the role of disturbance in shaping the taxonomic and functional composition of stream insect communities in mountainous regions ranging from Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Ecuador's Andes.

Eric Moody

Eric is a USDA NIFA post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University. His work in desert springs, tropical streams, and hypereutrophic lakes aims to link intraspecific variation and organismal evolution to ecosystem function.

Susan Washko

Susan is a PhD student studying aquatic ecology at the University of Arizona. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Allegheny College in northwest Pennsylvania for her bachelors degree, and Utah State University for her masters. Susan enjoys exploring how aquatic communities are structured and their connections to ecosystem function, specifically macroinvertebrate communities. She has worked in places like subalpine ponds at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, beaver-altered streams in the Cache National Forest, UT, and is currently working in tinajas (rock pools) of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico. While not sampling, Susan enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and singing about rivers.