Welcome to the Treehouse Podcast! In each episode we’ll dig into the world around us, exploring how creativity and imagination drive discovery and innovation. Meet the experts and innovators redefining how we see our world, express ourselves, and challenge what we think we know about the world around us.   

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Join host, educator and award-winning storyteller Wesley Della Volla and guest Dr. Erika Woolsey for a bonus episode, as they discuss their careers within immersive technology, storytelling, and ed-tech. Hear about the projects and people that have inspired their work, as well as what’s next on the horizon of their fields.  

Dr. Erika Woolsey is a marine biologist who has been studying and exploring coral reefs around the world for over 15 years, with a particular focus on how rising ocean temperatures affect coral populations. She is the CEO and Chief Scientist at The Hydrous, an ocean literacy nonprofit that combines science, design, and emerging technologies to create access to ocean exploration. A National Geographic Explorer, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Stanford University, and esteemed science communicator, Erika is dedicated to public engagement of science and believes the ocean is too good not to share. 

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  • The beauty of the Ocean that never ends.

  • I'm glad I stumbled across these Treehouse podcasts. Very interesting. I have to check out more of them.

  • 7:47 FiRM Office and Home Solutions -- GREAT JOB!! Very informative.

  • I will love to go back to diving, I miss the beach.

  • This is so cool!

  • Beautiful and endangered coral reefs are being harmed by very hot ocean temperatures.

  • Coral reefs are endangered with high sea water temperatures.. Key West water temperature was at 100 degrees last month. Good to see champions like Dr Woolsey studying  this phenomenon. 

  • Loved to learn more about coral reefs! Thanks for sharing Erika! Lovely stories and experiences shared!

  • Coral reefs seem to be very sensitive to ocean temperature, acidity(C02), and other environmental pollution directly caused by man(fertilizer runoff from fields...)  Unless existing or new varieties can be introduced(or evolve), many existing reefs will "die" and stop growing and providing an environment to many other ocean plants and animals.   Evolution normally takes thousands of years, so with the fast changes in the ocean, mankind will need to step in and help if we want existing reefs to strive again.   Sadly the CO2 and warming of the earth, won't suddenly stop no matter what we do.  So conditions for coral will move to cooler regions of the oceans, and existing reefs will likely die out or try to adapt...

  • Am going to check out the the Hydrous site.