Seas The Day is a podcast produced at the Duke University Marine Lab, in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Reflecting the diverse research and educational interests of faculty, students, and staff, Seas the Day covers a wide range of topics related to marine science and conservation. We talk about some of the biggest animals in the oceans and some of the smallest. We talk about management efforts by local communities and by international agreements. We hear from natural and social scientists, engineers, and lawyers, artists and authors.

So, yes, we talk about research.

But we also talk about the lives of researchers, staff, and students.

And about life on a remote campus and in a small coastal town.  


Episode 1. August 25, 2020


Indigenous tourism

Episode 12. February 17, 2021

In this episode, Maggie, Lily, and Savannah explore the intersections between ecotourism and Indigenous tourism. Using the lens of agency, they use specific cases to highlight how the agency of Indigenous peoples within tourism ventures varies, and with what consequences. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.


Episode 13. March 03, 2021

Host Rafaella Lobo talks to six other current and past international students to better understand the joy and challenges of pursuing a graduate degree far away from home. Part of our PhDeep series.


Local communities and ecotourism: Empowerment or disempowerment?

Episode 11. February 03, 2021

Ecotourism has been touted as a way to limit the destruction of natural habitats caused by mass tourism, while supplementing income of local communities in developing nations. While good in theory, how successful has ecotourism been at empowering the people who live in the beautiful places ecotourists want to visit? In this podcast, Cindy Pan, Melissa Baldino, and Virginia Pan investigate the impacts of ecotourism initiatives on local communities, with the help of Duke University Marine Lab assistant professor Dr. David Gill. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.

Tourism in The Bahamas

Episode 10. January 20, 2021

In this episode, Emily Melvin and Katrina Rosing delve into the complexities of tourism in the Bahamas. The two discuss how tourism affects Bahamian identity and promotes colonial legacies even today. In exploring these issues, they interview Tarran Simms of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s sustainability department, who discusses his views of Bahamian identity, the interplay of that identity with tourism, and the emergence of new forms of tourism in the Bahamas. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.

Holiday hiatus

Episode 9. December 16, 2020

In the last episode of 2020, the Seas the Day team reflects on the work done to date and plans for 2021. The first episode of 2021 will be available on January 20th.

Sound effects: Noise & marine mammals

Episode 8. December 2, 2020

This episode focuses on man-made sound in the ocean and how it affects marine mammals, including the largest animal to have ever lived on earth – the blue whale. It was produced in the summer of 2020 by Duke undergraduate students Rand Alotaibi, Lauren Mahoney, and Madena Mustafa. The students speak with Jeanne Shearer, Nicola Quick, and Doug Nowacek, scientists from the Duke University Marine Lab, about this issue and explore the different ways scientists, such as those at Duke, are working to study the effects of sound on marine mammals. Part of our Whale Pod series.

What’s killing killer whales?

Episode 7. November 18, 2020

On this episode Marissa Garcia, Uma Govindswamy, and Connor Johnston discuss the past, present, and future relationship between human beings and the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales who inhabit the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Part of our Whale Pod series.

Dolphins in distress: the Taiwanese white dolphin

Episode 6. November 3, 2020

In this episode, Pavel Pivarshev and Antonio Garcia discuss the status and future of the Taiwanese white dolphin, an endangered species facing peril from modern urbanization and fishing practices. The first of the Whale Pod episodes.

Japan has left the IWC: Now What?

Episode 5. October 21, 2020

Why did Japan leave the IWC and why do we care? In this episode, Andrea Kolarova, Emma Shannabrook, and Colyer Woolston explore the history of geopolitics in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to understand why Japan left the organization, and what this means for the future of whales, whaling, and the IWC itself. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.

The Plastic Burden

Episode 4. October 7, 2020

With images of garbage clogging up the Pacific and straw bans popping up from city to city, it’s fair to say that marine plastic pollution has caught the public’s eye. But how do we solve the plastic problem– do we stop it at the source, place blame on consumers, target big corporations, or figure out the best technology to remove it once it enters the water?  In this episode, Ali Boden and Cass Nieman explore the plastic burden as it is passed along the supply chain. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.

Aquaculture: A New Food Frontier?

Episode 3. September l6, 2020

With the world population projected to reach 10 billion in the next 30 years, it is reasonable to wonder: what will the future landscapes of food production look like? Or should we say… seascapes. In this episode, Kendall Jefferys and Lauren A. Mariolis explore the potential and pitfalls of aquaculture. Part of our Conservation and Development Series.

Research ‘off the rails’ during COVID-19

Episode 2. September 2, 2020

Host Rafaella Lobo talks to four other PhD students in Marine Science and Conservation at the Duke University Marine Lab to understand how the COVID-19 global pandemic has affected their lives and research, and how they have learned to cope in a time of uncertainty. Part of our PhDeep series.