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Rad Scientist Ep. 7: Sounds of the Sea

Goldie Phillips is pictured aboard a research vessel on Aug. 2, 2018. She’s g...

Photo by Margot Wohl

Above: Goldie Phillips is pictured aboard a research vessel on Aug. 2, 2018. She’s going to help colleagues lower microphones into the waters off the coast of San Diego and La Jolla.

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When you listen to the ocean, you realize that there is a whole world of sound that our ears aren't made to hear.

Goldie Phillips, a postdoctoral scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studies whale calls to understand how populations of endangered species, like the Blue and Fin whales, are faring. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Phillips always new she wanted to study the creatures in the water that surrounded her island nation.

Photo caption: The "R/V Robert Gordon Sproul" is pictured in this photo taken on Aug. 2, 201...

Photo by Margot Wohl

The "R/V Robert Gordon Sproul" is pictured in this photo taken on Aug. 2, 2018. The ship is ready for researchers to come aboard and start sciencing.

After getting her Ph.D. at Duke University, Phillips came to San Diego to capture the behavior of whales by eavesdropping on their calls. She and I go fishing for sound at Scripps Pier and then we board the "Robert Gordon Sproul" ship to drop large recording devices into the waters off San Diego's coast.

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Editor's note: In the episode, host Margot Wohl incorrectly refers to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as the Scripps Institute. We regret the error.

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