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Making Waves

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.

Making Waves Ep. 48

Monday, December 7, 2020
Aline Ortega Pieck

Español: En este episodio tendremos la oportunidad de escuchar parte de las transformaciones que la Sociedad busca, donde la inclusión y diversidad también dan espacio para comunicarnos en español. El episodio 48 de Making Waves se presenta en español, así como en inglés. Este es un proyecto que nace desde las iniciativas en español, uno de los proyectos de la Fuerza de Tareas JEDI. Esperamos lo disfruten y si no eres bilingüe, aprovecha y date la oportunidad de escuchar una interesante entrevista a nuestro Presidente Alonso Ramírez, en su lengua materna.

English: In this episode we will have the opportunity to hear about the transformations that the Society seeks, where inclusion and diversity means also making space to communicate in Spanish. Making Waves Episode 48 is presented in Spanish as well as English. This is a project born from initiatives in Spanish, one of the JEDI Task Force projects. We hope you enjoy it and if you are not bilingual, take the opportunity to listen to an interesting interview with our President Alonso Ramírez, in his mother tongue.

Making Waves Ep. 47

Friday, October 9, 2020
Susan Washko

Art and science are more connected than we think. Listen in to hear from two scientists / artists about science, art, and what sci-art collaborations can do.


Ellie Irons, interdisciplinary artist and educator

Twitter: @eirons

Instagram: @elslaurel, @environmentalperformanceagency


Jeremy Monroe, Director at Freshwaters Illustrated (

Facebook:  @wemayfly

Instagram: @freshwatersillustrated

Twitter: @bluemayfly

Check out some of Jeremy’s films: | | |


Making Waves Ep. 45

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Susan Washko

This episode covers the role of treated wastewater in desert streams and how these flow inputs affect the ecosystem and aquatic organisms, as well as how they teach us how to appreciate our water sources.


Drew Eppehimer, PhD candidate in the Arid Lands program at the University of Arizona

Hamdhani, PhD candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona

Making Waves Ep. 44

Friday, February 7, 2020
Susan Washko

This episode is about why field trips are so important to college classes about freshwater science, and ways to get students in the field when class sizes are large or online.


Dr. Howard Whiteman, Professor of Biological Sciences at Murray State University

Dr. Sarah Whorley, Assistant Professor of Biology at Daemen College

Dr. Kate Boersma, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of San Diego

Making Waves Ep. 43

Monday, January 6, 2020
Erin Larson

This episode of Making Waves focuses on mentoring in STEM. We interviewed Dr. Rebecca Barnes and Dr. Erin Eggleston about their mentoring strategies. We talked with them about how to learn from mentoring mistakes, mentoring mentees who have very different goals from you, and how to encourage students to ask for help, among other topics.

Dr. Erin Eggleston is a molecular microbial ecologist and an assistant professor of biology at Middlebury College. She also is a co-founder of the Femina Sciscitator website, which is a virtual community that aims to empower women in science. For more information about Erin, visit her research site ( and check out Femina Sciscitator (

Dr. Rebecca Barnes is a biogeochemist and an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Colorado College. She is a member of the leadership board for the Earth Science Women’s Network and a principal investigator on the PROGRESS: Promoting Geoscience Research, Education, and Success project. For more information about Becca, visit her research site ( and check out the PROGRESS website (

Making Waves Ep. 42

Monday, September 9, 2019
Susan Washko

This episode celebrates the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire. Listen in to hear about the river’s recovery, current projects, and the goals for continued improvement of the river.

Making Waves Ep. 41

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Susan Washko

The topic for this episode is freshwater research at the border. We hear in the news about how the president’s proposed border wall will disrupt wildlife such as big cats and butterflies, but we hear little about how it will affect freshwater and freshwater species. Considering watershed boundaries rarely match political boundaries, creating a physical barrier across a watershed would likely change aspects of the system. I wanted to learn a little more about what kind of freshwater research happens here in the border region, especially since it’s such a tense atmosphere to work in. So, I reached out to four aquatic specialists in Tucson, Arizona, to see what kind of binational projects they work on at the border, the barriers these projects face, the benefits of binational projects, and tune in for the bonus fourth question!


Making Waves Ep. 40

Monday, May 13, 2019
Julie Kelso

This month's episode features Sunny Jardine, professor of resource and environmental economics at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Jardine has worked with marine and freshwater ecologists in ecosystems such as mangroves, barrier islands and most recently inland lakes of Wisconsin. We discuss some basics of resource economics and her focus on understanding incentives and outcomes, the broad view economists take when trying to evaluate outcomes in human and natural coupled systems, and the challenges of studying recreational fisheries.

Making Waves Ep. 39

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Erin Larson

Contribute your freshwater knowledge to WikiProject Limnology & Oceanography! This month, we talk to two of the WikiProject’s leaders, Dr. Jake Zwart and Dr. Arial Shogren, about why we need more freshwater science on Wikipedia and how you can contribute your expertise. There will be a free workshop on editing Wikipedia at the SFS Annual Meeting in Salt Lake from 2-4:30 pm on Sunday, May 19 so be sure to sign up when you’re registering for the meeting.

Find out more about WikiProject Limnology & Oceanography here:

You can stay up-to-date on upcoming edit-a-thons and workshops by following the WikiProject on Twitter (@WikiProjectLO) or requesting to be added to a listserv by emailing the project leads (


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