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SeaState is a monthly ocean industries podcast designed for active professionals. This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. As a must-hear extension to ON&T’s editorial agenda, SeaState addresses the breaking news and emerging trends in ocean technology, as well as discussing pioneering research, industry challenges and prospects for the future. This podcast series is hosted by Rhonda Moniz, an accomplished journalist and filmmaker with extensive experience of the ocean industry.
32 Episodes
In this month's episode of SeaState, we sit down with Dawn F. Massa Stancavish, President, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer, and discover how a commitment to building long-term relationships has shaped the Massa Products Corporation’s unique history, and how a focus on developing “fit-for-mission technologies” has kept the company at the forefront of sonar and ultrasonic sensor engineering for over 75 years.
Erin Daily Donahue is a Trade Commissioner responsible for defense, aerospace, and ocean technologies at the Canadian Consulate General in Boston.   Since joining the Canadian Consulate team in 2005, Erin has held a variety of positions within both the Consular and International Business Development divisions.  Prior to taking on responsibility for the defense and ocean technologies file, Erin was responsible for seafood and aquaculture technology sectors.  As part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, she provides strategic market information and market access solutions for Canadian companies looking to export, invest abroad, or develop innovation and R&D partnerships in the U.S. She also assists U.S. companies planning to establish or expand their operations in Canada.  A Massachusetts native, Erin graduated from Clark University with a BA in Government and International Relations. Before joining the Trade Commissioner Service, she worked abroad at the Université de Versailles in France. 
In this episode of SeaState, Rhonda Moniz talks with the executive director of the Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative for Offshore Wind, RWSC, Emily Shumchenia. It is the mission of RWSC to conduct and coordinate relevant, credible, and efficient regional monitoring and research of wildlife and marine ecosystems that supports the advancement of environmentally responsible and cost-efficient offshore wind power development activities in U.S. Atlantic waters collaboratively and effectively. Happy listening! 
“If we look back at the history of oceanology and marine science, there’s always been this legacy of the need to push the boundaries of technology, but what’s changed in the last couple of decades is that previously this meant putting people in harm’s way—people on ships, into storms, and difficult conditions—but now we can transfer some of that risk onto robots.”Listen to this and other fascinating insights from Dr. Art Trembanis, an expert oceanographer and professor at the University of Delaware (UD), in the latest episode of ON&T’s SeaState podcast, in which we explore the growing utility of underwater drones in the marine domain. Art is also the deputy director of UD’s Center for Autonomous and Robotic Systems (CARS), a collaborative group of researchers focused on integrating real-world solutions by fusing systems control technology with artificial intelligence, so the ideal guest with which to contemplate the recent advances in uncrewed assets for ocean exploration.
In our final episode for season 3, SeaState is talking to Chris Ostrander about Innovation and Marine Technology. Chris is an oceanographer and business development executive with extensive experience in building and leading complex organizations, advancing mission-driven partnerships, and guiding durable growth for a range of academic, government, and private organizations.  Prior to joining the Marine Technology Society, Chris served in a range of leadership roles at the University of Utah spanning technology licensing and commercialization, industry partnerships, foundation & corporate philanthropy, and research administration. Happy listening! 
"We're running gliders every year since 2013 from the Bering Strait all the way up to Barrow Alaska, that's like this 1800 km transect, just developing this time-series of acoustics. It's like we're eavesdropping on climate change because the marine mammals are incredible integrators of the ecosystem and now, we've got an incredible time-series to investigate how they respond." Hank Statscewich, Researcher at College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Institute of Marine Science in Alaska. 
Walt Musial is a principal engineer and leads the offshore wind research platform at NREL, where he has worked for 31 years. In 2003, he initiated the offshore wind energy research program, which focuses on a range of industry needs and critical technology challenges. Walt also developed and ran NREL’s full-scale blade and drivetrain testing facilities for 15 years. Earlier, Walt worked as a test engineer for five years in the commercial wind energy industry in California. He has authored more than 100 publications and holds two patents. Enjoy another episode of SeaState.
Welcome to a new episode of ON&T's Podcast. We are talking to Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptations to Climate Change at the Department of Anthropology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and directs the SIO Human Ecology Laboratory. Her work combines earth sciences, archaeology, and marine ecology to understand social vulnerability to climate and environmental change, through food and habitat security in coastal and marine areas. Through geoarchaeology and archaeomalacology, Prof. Rivera-Collazo works to identify lessons from the past that are relevant to communities in the present. Enjoy another great episode of SeaState!
Our guest for the latest episode of SeaState is Dr. Shirley Pomponi, a professor and marine biotechnologist, at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Pomponi leads the sponge biotechnology lab where they develop methods for in vitro production of bioactive compounds as a supply of chemically complex natural products. Find out more about marine sponges and their potential use for the pharmaceutical industry and restoring habitats.
In this episode of SeaState, we talk to Mark Jollymore, President of Innovasea Systems, and Tim Stone, GM & VP of Product Development Aquaculture-Intelligence at Innovasea. Innovasea provides aquatic solutions that hold up in the most challenging conditions. This requires more than just delivering the world’s most advanced aquatic technologies. It means continuously applying knowledge in science and engineering, fish tracking, and farm operations to develop the ideal systems for each site. It means working shoulder-to-shoulder with customers to cultivate and protect fish populations. And it means consciously designing products and services to give back more to nature than we take. Innovasea is driven by a commitment to make our ocean and freshwater ecosystems sustainable for future generations. A pioneer in developing end-to-end solutions for aquatic ecosystems, Innovasea is intent on leading and feeding innovation.
Joe Wolfel: Ocean Data

Joe Wolfel: Ocean Data


“Ocean Data” is the topic of the latest edition of ON&T’s podcast SeaState. We are talking to Joe Wolfel, Co-Founder of Terradepth. The company’s vision is to be the foremost influencer on human interaction with the ocean. By creating the first-ever scalable autonomous deep-ocean data collection system, Terradepth will help humanity understand the behavior of our planet. Enjoy this interesting episode and visit our website for upcoming topics of SeaState.
SeaState met with Jack Rowley, CTO or MARTAC, to discuss unmanned technology used for defense and security. Jack Rowley is an experienced and accomplished multi-disciplined engineering project and program management professional with over 35 years of project/program management of complex ocean, electrical and mechanical engineering systems design. As a retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare and Engineering Duty Officer, his experience base includes both Government and commercial sectors.
In this episode of SeaState, we chat with Delia Warren and Jeff Tingley of Xodus, a global energy consultancy headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland with over 350 staff in theUS, UK, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia. Tune in for a discussion about the future of the windfarm workforce and what is happening with the first US offshore wind farm in New England. 
In this episode of SeaState we chat with the husband and wife team of SeaTrac. Tune in to hear about their system that is designed to tackle a wide range of missions. SeaTrac offers a platform that is a complete system for autonomous observations, data collection, and reconnaissance. The unmanned system is designed to operate in a wide range of conditions, from shallow embayments with significant current, out to the open ocean. The base package includes a variety of built-in sensors, and the system is designed to support a wide range of customer payload sensors. If you would like to be a guest or sponsor an episode of SeaState reach out to our host Rhonda Moniz at
Brennan T. Phillips, Phd specializes in the development and application of novel instrumentation for oceanographic research. His current research topics include low-light imaging of deep-sea biology and bioluminescence, soft robotic manipulators, hydraulic systems, distributed sensing, and low-cost, lightweight methods for ocean exploration.
In this year’s final episode of SeaState, we are talking to Thomas Gray about Satellite Telemetry and Marine Animal Tracking. Thomas joined the Environmental Monitoring team at the Woods Hole Group (WHGRP) in 2016 where he is responsible for business development with satellite telemetry systems primarily for wildlife and oceanographic applications. Prior to joining the team at the WHGRP he worked for an underwater electronics manufacturer, Desert Star Systems where he helped design, market, and sell underwater technologies including tracking systems, acoustic releases, and Argos satellite tags. Enjoy the latest episode sponsored by Sofar Ocean Technologies.
SeaState chats with the team from SEAmagine and Hydrospace Group. SEAmagine is a leading designer and manufacturer of small 2 to 9 people personal submarines and submersibles for yachts and professionals with over twelve thousand dives accumulated by its existing fleet. Hydrospace Group deploys precision engineering and technological innovation for underwater vehicles. Let’s take a dive and explore the ocean in the latest episode of SeaState.   
Dr. Roger Hanlon is a diving biologist who studies rapid adaptive coloration incephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, octopus) and fishes. Learning the mechanics and functions of color changes has led to collaborations with materials scientists and engineers to develop new classes of materials that change appearance based on the pigments and reflectors in cephalopod skin. Don’t miss the latest episode of SeaState “Cephalopods and their Possible Applications for Technology.”
In the most recent episode of SeaState, we are talking to Dr. Scott Parazynski, a highly decorated physician, astronaut, and tech CEO, who was recently inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. In 1992 he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks. Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping flight; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn's crewmate and "personal physician", and assembly of the Canadian-built space station robotic arm. Enjoy the latest episode NASA & Ocean Exploration.
Don’t miss episode six of SeaState when we talk with Dr. Robin R. Murphy about robotics and disaster response! Dr. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, and an IEEE and ACM Fellow. She helped create the fields of disaster robotics and human-robot interaction, deploying robots to 29 disasters in five countries including the 9/11 World Trade Center.
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