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Beyond Data

For the past decade Beyond Data Podcast host Ret Talbot has been a freelance journalist and science writer reporting on fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He frequently uses the hashtag #datamatter because, well, they do. But what happens when the data simply don’t exist, are insufficient or unavailable? What happens when so-called alternative facts are considered just facts and people operate under the impression that the plural of anecdote is indeed data? How do we reach consensus when everyone espouses his or her own data—his or her own facts? In the Beyond Data Podcast, Talbot and his guests go where he's often been unwilling to go in his reporting--beyond data.

Jan 2, 2018

Episode 3 Teaser - Native vs. Non-Native Fishes

Brown Trout by Karen Talbot

The non-native brown trout, which the data show places a burden on imperiled native fishes, is revered in the United States, while other non-natives are demonized. In the next episode of the Beyond Data Podcast, we take a deep dive into the interplay between non-native and native fishes--especially salmonids. We'll look at how our perceptions toward introduced species are shaped, and we'll ask the question of whether or not there is a place for non-native species in ecosystems we consider healthy. 

Voices from This Teaser

(in order of appearance

"Invasive Species Spreading Across America" CBS's Mark Strassmann reports

David Theodoropoulos, author of Invasion Biology: Critique of a Pseudoscience

Professor Daniel Simberloff, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Kirk Deeter, Vice President of Trout Media at Trout Unlimited

Michael Steinberg, Associate Professor, New College and Geography at The University of Alabama and author of a forthcoming book on brook trout

Catherine Schmitt, Author of The President's Salmon and Communications Director at Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine

Julie Lockwood, Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University

Artwork by Karen Talbot
Brook Trout by Karen Talbot