71 minutes | Jun 3rd 2020

29. Juli Berwald: Underground labs, Pivotal Moments, and Jellyfish

Author and marine scientist Juli Berwald joins us on the show today. Starting with an undergrad in mathematics, Juli’s career bloomed into a PhD in marine science before turning to science writing. Her work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, Oceanus, Redbook, Wired.com, and the New York Times. Her latest book, Spineless, dives deep into the world of jellyfish. Reading this book, I personally learned lots of surprising details about this ethereal creature.

In today’s episode, Juli shares how one snorkel trip made her math major make sense and completely change the trajectory of her life. We chat about the merits of getting a master’s and a PhD, and Juli takes us back to her college days conducting flow tank experiments in an underground swimming pool below a college basketball court. We also chat about ocean acidification and what it means, how to become a published author and, of course, all about jellies including what to do if you get stung.

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