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Island Fox Podcast: Meet the Scientist
Take a minute to meet Lotus Vermeer, who you heard in the Island Fox podcast. Learn what she loves about science.
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Where do you work?
I am the Director of the Nature Conservancy's Channel Islands Program in California.
What do you study?
I lead island restoration, and endangered and endemic species recovery efforts on The Nature Conservancy's Santa Cruz Island Preserve, and provide management and scientific oversight of complex, multi-partner conservation programs across the northern Channel Islands.
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Conservation practitioner, marine biologist, mother
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Explore new places, hike/backpack, train horses, kayak, SCUBA dive, mountain bike, cross-country ski, chase after my 11-month old son.
What do you like most about science?
I love working on multi-faceted, multi-taxa research and landscape-scale restoration challenges. I derive great satisfaction from working in concert with teams of scientists, conservation practitioners and land managers, and being a part of efforts that help to bring species back from the brink of extinction, and restoration efforts that lead to tangible, lasting recovery of unique native habitats and landscapes. I love to share my passion for nature and the environment with others, and am energized by the inspiration and engagement of fellow scientists and conservationists who work so hard to protect the biodiversity of life on this planet.
Behind the Scenes
Meet our host: Ari Daniel Shapiro
While earning his PhD in biological oceanography at MIT and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Ari studied the vocalizations of killer whales. Now he uses his own voice and knowledge to tell stories about science on radio and other media. Ari is the host of podcasts from EOL, and he hopes to turn the podcasts into an ongoing conversation with your feedback and comments. Learn more by visiting Ari's website.