Engaging the public in ocean conservation through the media

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Media is a key educational tool

For over 25 years, we’ve been widely sharing what we’ve learned about the marine life we study and actively promoting ocean conservation via tv, radio, guest appearances and lectures, and a spectrum of print media. Explore our press archives below to learn more! 

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OCS radio and TV interviews

Calling All Creatures, Feb 2024. Calling All Creatures Presents Dolphin Studies and Ocean Awareness

The Forest Educator, Nov 2023. Interview with OCS President Dr. Maddalena Bearzi

KWMR, Sept 2023. Turning Pages at Nature’s Pace. Stranded – book reading.

Calling All Creatures, Sep 2023. Calling All Creatures Presents Stranded, Finding Nature In Uncertain Times. 

Northern California Public Radio, Sept 2023. A Novel Idea: Interview with Maddalena Bearzi.

BeastyBonds, Aug 2023. Orca “Uprising”?

Bay Area Book Festival Podcast, June 2023. Finding Nature, Saving time. 

BeastyBonds Podcast, June 2023. Conservation > Research

RevelEleven, May 2023. Finding Solace in Nature

Bay Area Book Festival, May 2023. Finding Nature, Saving Time

KBPQ Radio, May 2023. Environmental Directions with Nancy Pearlman: Nature and Dolphins

A Big Sur Podcast, Mar 2023. Stranded: Finding Nature in Uncertain Times

RevelEleven, Apr 2021. For Mother’s Earth: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Marine Biologist

All Things Wild Podcast, Jan 2021.  A Dolphin May Save Your Life – With Maddalena Bearzi

Nancy Pearlman Radio Show, Jun 2020. Interview with Dolphin Biologist Maddalena Bearzi

RAI Italia – L’Italia Con Voi, Mar 2020. Intervista Con La Biologa Marina Maddalena Bearzi

89.3 KPPC , Jun 2017. Trump Administration Overturns Rule Limiting By-catch of Whales, Sea turtles and Dolphins

91.5 KJZZ, Jun 2016. Dolphins In the Desert: Process of Bringing Dolphins to Arizona Complicated, Controversial

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Mar 2016. When in Doubt, Just Keep Swimming. Radio Discussion Forum with Patt Morrison

CCN Sunrise Spotlight, Jul 2016. Save (And Adopt) the Dolphins

Colombia Radio, Sep 2015. Interview on Dolphins off California – Denise Delfines

89.3 KPCC, May 2015. More Lesions, Tumors Showing Up in Santa Monica Bay

Friends of Clearwater Production, Aug 2014. A Dolphin Truth

Al Jazeera America, Jun 2014. Baltimore’s Aquarium: The Latest Battleground in the Dolphin Debate

UCLA Symposium, May 2014. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi Talks About her Book “Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist”

The Wolverine Way, Jan 2014. Charles Saylan Interview on Environment and Education

Take Part Live, Oct 2013. Dolphins in Captivity: How Harmful Is It?

KZYX Consider This, Aug 2013. Environmentalism & Education

Hallmark Channel/NBC, Home & Family TV Show, Apr 2013. TV Interview with OCS President M. Bearzi

Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop, Feb 2013. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi – The Art of Communicating Science

Long Beach Aquarium, Lecture Series, Oct 2012. Book Talk: Dolphin Confidential

New England Aquarium, Lecture Series, Oct 2012. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi Present “Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist”

NBC4 News, Sept 2012. Dolphin Research Off The Coast of Southern California

The Commonwealth Club of California, Aug 2012. Book Talk: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

CBS2 / KCal9 News, May 2012. “Dolphin Confidential” Author Talks About Recent Encounters off LA Waters

RedeTV, Apr 2012. Los Angeles Trouxe De Volta Ilustres Moradores Do Mar

White House Summit on Environmental Education, Apr 2012. White House Summit on Environmental Education (with OCS Director C. Saylan and OCS Scientific Advisor DR. D. Blumstein, Panel 1

Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop, Feb 2012. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi – Data Integration: Marine Mammals and their Ecosystem. Panel talk.

Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop, Feb 2012. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi – Every Picture Tells a Story: Studying Whales and Dolphins with Photographs

Green Technology – School Summit 2011, Oct 2011. Live Keynote Speech

The Tavis Smiley Show, 2011. Charles Saylan: The Failure of Environmental Education?

Radio EcoShock, May 2011. What Is Wrong With Environmental Education?

Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop, Feb 2011. Dr. Maddalena Bearzi – Research Collaboration and Data Sharing

Living on Earth – Public Radio International, May 2008. Beautiful Minds

89.3 KPCC – Patt Morrison Show, Apr 2008. Apes and Dolphins: More Alike Than They Seem. Radio Interview

Animal Voices – Alternative Radio in Vancouver, Apr 2008. Radio Interview

North Star Guardians Podcast Series, 2008. Beautiful Minds Radio Interview

CNN, Feb 2000.  Italian Biologist Bonds with L.A. Dolphins

CNN – World Report, Sep 2000. New Research Group Takes Initiative to Study California’s Dolphins


Articles, reviews and transcripts

The Columbian. Apr 2024. Check It Out: Celebrate speed demons of the ocean.

The Millenium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, Dec 2023. Inaction is not an option. 

The Advocate, Nov 2023. A Holiday Books List for Your Shopping Season.

Waco Tribune-Herald, Nov 2023. Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau joins conservationists calling attention to balloon releases.

Fiction Advocate, Nov 2023. Nonfiction about Nonhumans Podcast: Maddalena Bearzi.

Shepherd, Oct 2023. Maddalena Bearzi’s 3 favorite reads in 2023.

The Millenium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, Oct 2023. In Stranded, Ocean Conservationist Finds Solace, Science, and A Call to Action in Everyday Nature.

The Millenium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, Sept 2023. The Upside of Downtime.

The Los Angeles Times, Aug 2023. Opinion: This Captive Orca Might Finally Go Free. Why Did It Take So Long? 

I Am Born Slippy Blog, Aug 2023. Maddalena Bearzi, PhD, and President of the Ocean Conservation Society

Nature Book Guide, Summer 2023. Stranded: Finding Nature in Uncertain Times review

Shelf Awareness, May 2023. The Best Books this Week- Nature and Environment.

Palisades Post, July 2023. Maddalena Bearzi in conversation with Beth Pratt.

UCLA Sustainable Newsletter, July 2023. Maddalena Bearzi in conversation with Beth Pratt.

Scuba Diving Magazine, June 2023. Bookshelf: Read, Act, Conserve

Shepherd, June 2023. The Best Books on What Animals Feel and Think

Amicando Semper, May 2023. Arenarsi e Scoprire Altri Mondi (in Italian)

San Francisco Chronicle, April 2023. Explore Authors Engaging with Nature, Environment

Psychology Today, Apr 2023. Feeling Stranded? Get Out and Enjoy Nature’s Healing Powers

Miami New Times, Mar 2023. High Hopes for Lolita the Orca’s Homecoming as Health Improves

Alta, Mar 2023. 16 New Books for April

Booklist, Mar 2023. Stranded: Finding Nature in Uncertain Times

Publisher’s Weekly, Feb 2023. Stranded: Finding Nature in Uncertain Times

One Green Planet, Feb 2023. 10 Books Showing the Emotional Intelligence of Animals

San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 2023. Bottlenose dolphins have migrated to the Bay Area for the first time

CFact, Dec 2022. Ten Whale Groups Slam Atlantic OSW

Heyday, Dec 2022. Ocean Conservationist Finds Solace, Science, and A Call to Action in Everyday Nature

The Quarterly Review of Biology, Sept 2022. Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild

Vogue, June 2022. Recycled Plastic Swimsuits Aren’t as Green As you Think

The Columbian, May 2022. Check it Out: Explore the Wonders of the Ocean Without Getting Wet

The Washington Post, May 2022. Balloons Fell from a Yacht into a Bay. It Led to an Arrest and $25,000 in Fines

The Press Democrat, Jan 2022. Bottlenose Dolphins Seen off Sonoma Coast Part of Closely Watched Northward Push 

The Log, Jan 2022. This Pup Cares About the Environment

The Sandbox, Oct 2021. Helping Dolphins Around the World

Medium, Oct 2021. California Oil Spill

The Georgia Straight, Jun 2021. AquaGoat Adopts A Dolphin

Hakai Magazine, Jan 2021. A Dolphin Double Whammy

All Things Wild Podcast, Jan 2021. A Dolphin May Save Your Life With Maddalena Bearzi

Medium, Nov 2020. Wild Dolphins Aren’t Always Smiling

Medium, Oct 2020. Lunch-time: Dolphin Vs. Octopus

Medium, Aug 2020. Despair Is a Reality, Inaction Is Not an Option

Reader’s Digest, Aug 2020. Do Sharks Really Smell Blood?

Medium, Aug 2020. Three Simple Reasons Why Dolphins Belong In the Wild

Medium, Jun 2020. Top 5 Tips For Communicating Science

Medium, Jun 2020. What I Learned from Wild Dolphins

Curious Historian, Nov 2019. Dolphins, Superheroes of The Sea

Malibu Beach Inn Magazine, May 2019. A Guide To Malibu Beach Wildlife

New Biological Books, Mar 2019. Deep Thinkers: Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Jamaica Gleaner, Nov 4 2018. No Dolphin Doodoo In Discovery Bay!  

Structure And Function in Living Things, Sep 2018. California Connections

The Mariner, Aug 2018. The importance of Dolphin Research

Smithsonian, Jun 2018. Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead

National Geographic Newsroom, Jan 2018. Wondering About the Economic Impact of Ecotourism on Marine Mammals? Read Here… 

The Mariner, Dec 2017. Where Dolphin Research And Art Collide

Houston Chronicle, Nov 2017. Galveston Bay Dolphins Struggle To Recover From Hurricane Harvey: Researchers Observe Lesions Covering the Marine Mammals

Miami Herald, Nov 2017. Lolita May Never Go Free. And That Could Be What’s Best For Her, Scientists Say

National Geographic Newsroom, Aug 2017. The Birth Of a Research Project: Desperately Seeking Dolphins

89.3 KPCC, Jun 2017. Trump Administration Overturns Rule Limiting By-catch of Whales, Sea Turtles and Dolphins

National Geographic Newsroom, Apr 2017. Dolphin Feeding Techniques: How To Eat an Octopus When You Don’t Have Hands

L’Italo-Americano, Dec 2016. Maddalena Bearzi and Her Mission To Protect SoCal Dolphins

Scholastic News, Oct 2016. A New Home: The National Aquarium Is Creating The Country’s First Dolphin Sanctuary

Corriere dell’Umbria, Sep 2016. Maddalena, “L’avvocato” Dell’Orca Lolita

AZ Central, Aug 2016. Montini: Would Aquarium Visit Benefit Dolphin Prison?

AZ Central, Jul 2016. Montini: Protesters Aim To Be ‘Thorn In the Side’ Of Dolphin Prison Near Scottsdale

National Geographic Newsroom, Jul 2016. Look Into This Dolphin’s Eye And Tell Me That’s Not Grief! 

The Sewanee Review, Jun 2016. Dolphins And Distraction

KJZZ 91.5, Jun 2016. Dolphins In The Desert: Process Of Bringing Dolphins To Arizona Complicated, Controversial

Care 2 Causes, Apr 2016. Why Is Disney Performing Research On Captive Dolphins?

The Mariner, Mar 2016. Ocean Conservation Society Celebrates Sea World’s Decision Regarding Killer Whale Captivity

National Geographic Newsroom, Mar 2016. The Dark Era Of Orca Showing Is Ending

Graffiti Blog, Jan 2016. Il Delfino Tursiope Si Mescola Al Maculato Per Sopravvivere Alle Calamita`

National Geographic Newsroom, Dec 2015. Flipper, Where Art Thou? Tracking Dolphins Up And Down The Coast

The Mariner, Nov 2015. Local Dolphin Researchers Need Help

The Mariner, Oct 2015. Ocean Conservation Society Recognized

RedOrbit, Sep 2015. Humpback Whale Breaches On Kayakers

RedOrbit, Sep 2015. Seal Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Humpback Whale

The Independent, Sep 2015. Dolphins Often Seem To Want To Befriend Us – Do They Know Something We Don’t?

UpSocl, Sep 2015. 7 Razones Que Harán Que Lo Pienses Dos Veces Antes De Nadar Con Delfines

Alto Adige, Aug 2015. Ricercatori Bolzanini In Campo A Difesa Di Balene E Delfini

Councilmember Mike Bonin, 11th District – News, Aug 2015. Ocean Conservation Society Honored In Council Presentation

National Geographic, Aug 2015. How Dolphins Healed an Author’s Broken Heart

Sustainable Santa Monica Newsletter, Jun 2015. Bay Dolphin Health – Lesions/Tumors Show Up On Our Local Dolphins

Vice, May 2015. Southern California Seafood’s Industry Is Chocking On Oil

National Geographic Newsroom, May 2015. Santa Barbara Oil Spill: What Will We Learn?

KPCC 89.3, May 2015. Oil Spill: Analysis Suggests Link Between Soaring Oil Production And Leaks

LAist, May 2015. Pollution Causing Tumors In Santa Monica Bay Dolphins

Sustainable Santa Monica Newsletter, Jan 2015. A Load Of Whale Sightings In Our Waters

National Geographic Newsroom, Dec 2014. Meet The Dolphin Society

The Redlands Daily Fact, Oct 2014. Dolphin, Whale Expert Talks At The University of Redlands

The Argonaut, Sep 2014. 2014 Editor’s Picks: Best Way To Adopt A Dolphin And Buy An Organic Necklace

The Dodo, Sep 2014. Dolphins Experience Delight, But Do They Actually Giggle

National Geographic Newsroom, Sep 2014. Unusual Encounters: Sea Turtles Roaming Off Los Angeles

Care 2 Causes, Sep 2014. Another Aquarium Says No To Dolphin Shows

The Log, Aug 2014. Sea Turtle Sighting In Santa Monica Bay Is A Rare Event

National Geographic Newsroom, Aug 2014. They Aren’t Always Smiling: Skin Lesions And Physical Deformities Plague Wild Dolphins

National Geographic Newsroom, Aug 2014. Are You Kidding? Larger Tanks Won’t Cut It For Killer Whales

The Argonaut, Aug 2014. Endangered Sea Turtle Spotted In Santa Monica Bay

National Geographic Weird & Wild, Aug 2014. Whales And Dolphins Squeal With Delight, Study Finds

National Geographic Newsroom, Jul 2014. More Big Whales In Ocean Could Mean More Fish, Scientists Find

Il Giornale dell’Umbria, Jul 2014. A Paciano, La “Regina” Degli Oceani

The Daily Mail, Jun 2014. Did Dolphins Save A Girl From Suicide? Mammals Formed A Ring Around Drowning Swimmer After Guiding Boat To Her Aid, Claims Scientist

Aljazeera America, Jun 2014. Baltimore’s Aquarium: The Latest Battleground In The Dolphin Debate

In the News, Jun 2014. Dolphins Save Suicidal Teenager From Drowning Herself 

Ryot News, Jun 2014. A Group Of Dolphins Helped Rescue A Girl Who Allegedly Tried To Drown Herself

RealCLear Science, Jun 2014. Dolphins Guide Scientists To Suicidal Girl

Gizmodo, Jun 2014. Did Dolphins Really Save A Girl From Drowning?

One Green Planet, Jun 2014. Wild Dolphins Help Scientists To Rescue Girl Off Coast Of L.A.

The Dodo, May 2014. Wild Dolphins Lead Rescuers To Drowning Girl After Epic 3-mile Chase

National Geographic Newsroom, May 2014. Dolphins Guide Scientists To Rescue Suicidal Girl

Canyon News, Apr 2014. More Dolphins And Whales In Santa Monica Bay

National Geographic Newsroom, Apr 2014. Debunking Captivity: 3 Reasons Not To Keep Dolphins In A Tank

National Geographic Newsroom, Apr 2014. How To View Marine Mammals Responsibly

The Malibu Times, Apr 2014. Study: More Dolphins, Whales Feeding In Santa Monica Bay

The Mariner, Mar 2014. Watching Whales the Right Way

National Geographic Newsroom, Mar 2014. Vanishing Innocents: Fish, Dolphins, And Other Sea Creatures In Troubled Waters

The Wolverine Way, Jan 2014. The Failure Of Environmental Education

National Geographic Newsroom, Oct 2013. 5 Simple Tips For Communicating Science

National Geographic Newsroom, Sep 2013. Wanna Be A Marine Biologist? Here’s How

Il Corriere di Los Angeles, Aug 2013. A New Book “Dolphin Confidential: Confessions Of A Field Biologist” Talks About Dolphins And Whales In California Waters…

The Mariner, Mar 2013. Whale Report: Gray, Fin & Humpback Whales Sighted Locally

The Argonaut, Feb 2013. Gray Whale Migration In Full Swing In Local Waters

Ocean, Jan 2013. Dolphin Confidential: Confessions Of A Field Biologist

The Mariner, Dec 2012. Dolphin Tracking

Choice Review, Oct 2012. Review: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

The Harvard Crimson, Oct 2012. Scientist Addresses Risks To Dolphins

National Geographic Newsroom, Oct 2012. Following Dolphins’ Flukeprints: A Woman’s Battle To Protect The Animals She Loves

The Mariner, Sep 2012. Respecting Their World

Southeastern Naturalist, Sep 2012. Noteworthy Books: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

Oakland Tribune, Aug 2012. Marine Biologist Maddalena Bearzi On The Company Of Dolphins

The Argonaut, Aug 2012. Endangered Blue Whales Spotted In Local Waters

Zócalo Public Square, Jul 2012. L.A.’s Metropolitan Dolphins: Working Off Malibu With Creatures Who Are a Lot Like Us

Toronto Star, Jul 2012. Arrivals: New Books to Watch For

Zocalo Public Square, Jun 2012. Bulk Up Your Beach Bag: Zocalo Top 10 Summer Reads – Review: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

Science News, Jun 2012. Book review: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

The Mariner, May 2012. Dolphin Tales

Library Journal, Apr 2012. Review: Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist

The Huffington Post, Apr 2012. What I Learned From Working With Dolphins

The Argonaut, Mar 2012. Local Marine Biologist “Confesses” About Dolphin Population

Psychology Today, Mar 2012. Dolphin Confidential: A Woman and the Dolphins She Loves

Blue Water Sailing Magazine, Feb 2012. Should I Donate My Boat: The Nuts and Bolts of Vessel Donation

Clearing Magazine, Nov 2011. Gertschen Interview: Charles Saylan Talks About the Failure of Environmental Education

Yale Environment 360, May 2011. Green Failure: What’s Wrong with Environmental Education? 

Take Part: Inspiration to Action, May 2011. Environmental Education Is Broken. Now What?

The Christian Science Monitor, Apr 2011. Earth Day: Environmental Education Has Failed: But We Can Fix It

Audubon Magazine, May-Jun 2011. Review/Essay: Making the Grades

American Scientist, Sept 2010. A Bigger, Better Brain

Dolphin: To Celebrate and Protect, Aug 2010. In the Wild

Dolphin: To Celebrate and Protect. Aug 2010. Beautiful Minds

Go UpState, Aug 2010. Hollywild Chimpanzee Learns Pleasure of Painting

The Mariner, Jun 2010. Freedom Plea

Easy Reader, Aug 2009. Wild Things: The Fin You Want To See

American Journal of Human Biology, Mar 2009.  Review: Beautiful Minds

The Wall Street Journal, Dec 2008. Among Dolphins, Tool-using Handymen Are Women

The Mariner, 2008. Making Sense of Boat Donations

Metapsychology, Oct 2008. Online Reviews: Beautiful Minds

Integrative and Comparative Biology Journal, Sep 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

The Globe and Mail, Aug 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds

State News Service, Jun 2008. More in Common Then You Think. Review: Beautiful Minds

89.3 KPCC, Apr 2008. Apes and Dolphins: More Alike Than They Seem

Times Higher Education Supplement, May 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds

Library Journal, May 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

Imperial Valley News, May 2008. Complex Societies May Lead to Big-Brained Animals Like Dolphins, Apes and Humans

New Scientist, Apr 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds

The Argonaut, Apr 2008. Local Biologist Co-authors Book On Dolphin/Ape Behavior

The Mariner, Apr 2008. Meeting of the Minds

Publishers Weekly, Jan 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

Open Letters: A Monthly Arts and Literature Review, 2008. Review: Beautiful Minds. Heisenberg Was a Human – Pass It On!

The Mariner, Jul 2007. Blue Whale

The Argonaut, Apr 2007. 40 Marine Animals Thought To Be Suffering From Domoic Acid Poisoning Found Within Past Month

The Mariner, Aug 2006. Follow the Leader; A Newly Published Report Details The Sea Lion – Dolphin Relationship in the S.M. Bay 

UCLA Magazine, Jul 2006. The Dolphin Detective

The Malibu Times, Jun 2006. Getting To Know S.M. Bay’s Residents

The Argonaut, May 2006. Uncommon Dolphins Sighted in Local Waters

Daily Breeze, Mar 2006. Private Citizens Hit the Ocean With Researchers As They Study Dolphin Life

Boating News, Feb 2006. L.A. Dolphin Project Is a Rare Species

La Opinion, Ciudad, Apr 2001. El Dia De La Tierra

Santa Monica Mirror, Apr2001. Marina Clean-up To Take Place on Earth Day

Los Angeles Times, Westside Weekly, Apr 2001. Cetacean Teachers 1

Los Angeles Times, Westside Weekly, Apr 2001. Cetacean Teachers 2

Los Angeles Times, Apr 2001. Kayak Cleanup

Los Angeles Times, Regional News, Dec 2000. Earth: Residents Plant Trees

CNN, Sep 2000. New Research Group Takes Initiative to Study California’s Dolphins

The Argonaut, May 2000. Cleaning Up Marina

The Argonaut, Apr 2000. Earth Day Cleanup of Water Pulled in 1,600 Pounds of Trash

Los Angeles Times, Local News, Apr 2000. Volunteers Turn Out for Earth Day Cleanup

Los Angeles Times, Local News, Apr 2000. Kayak Cleanup

CNN, Feb 2000. Italian Biologist Bonds With L.A. Dolphins

Los Angeles Times Magazine, Jan 2000. Bay Wash

The Log, Jun 1999. Hal Haenel Joins the Ocean Conservation Society as Director

Daily Breeze, Aug 1999. Following their (Bottle)noses

Los Angeles Times, Feb 1999. Dolphins

Los Angeles Times, Westside Weekly, Oct 1998. Tailing Flipper 2

Los Angeles Times, Westside Weekly, Oct 1998. Tailing Flipper 1


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