Tonight we bring back Dr. William Sydeman of The Farallon Institute for an update on ocean conditions in the North Pacific. Dr. Sydeman was our first interview guest on The Ecology Hour – Science Edition, describing how the ocean currents and upwelling affect the food-chain and nearshore marine productivity. That was three years ago, when oceanographers were predicting an El Nino event, possibly a powerful one… A lot has happened in the ocean since then, with profound ramifications throughout the ecosystem. That El Niño exceeded expectations, merging with the unforeseen phenomenon called “The Blob” to produce something called, according to Dr. Sydeman, “El Blobiño!”
We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. The interview was recorded in July 2017.