The Science of Sustainability

Your Videos on QUEST: Dan Griffin of GG Films

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We're excited to present our second Your Videos on QUEST segment featuring an excerpt of the short video by Dan Griffin of GG Films, "Ocean Babies on Acid". For several years now, QUEST has been producing Your Photos on QUEST segments wherein we feature the still images of Bay Area photographers who shoot nature, environment and science photos.

This season, we wanted to expand that idea to include films and videos on similar topics. The thinking is, we here on QUEST are never at a loss for story topics about science here in the Bay Area. There must be a bunch of other media makers telling these kinds of stories so let's get some different perspectives from the community.

Stanford marine biologist, Stephen Palumbi

QUEST folks have long been fans of the video work that Dan Griffin/ GG Films has been doing with Stanford marine biologist, Stephen Palumbi. Together they create "Microdocs" which they define as "short attention span science video." Their videos are usually 2-3 minutes long and feature one specific aspect of marine ecosystem sustainability. Microdocs topics focus largely on coral reef health, sustainability and diversity- subjects that have required them to travel to such remote tropical locations as American Samoa, The Bahamas, Fiji and Micronesia. Ahh, the price that we pay for our art…

Purple sea urchin in beaker

"Ocean Babies on Acid" focuses on an experiment that Stephen Palumbi and UC Davis marine biologist Eric Sanford are doing to study the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchin larvae off the California and Oregon coasts. One of their goals is to find out if the increased acidity caused in part by increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere makes it difficult for marine species to grow their shells. The study is unique in that they're not only studying the external aspects of these creatures but also delving into how ocean acidification may effect the animals on a genetic level.

You can watch the full-length video on the Microdocs site here:
Ocean Babies on Acid

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Category: Biology, Chemistry, Climate, Environment, Television

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Amy Miller is the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique independent production company specializing in hard science factual television. Prior to joining the Spine team, Amy worked for six years at KQED (PBS) in San Francisco as the Series Producer of QUEST, a multimedia science and environment series. It was at KQED that she was finally able to merge her lifelong passions for science and storytelling. Originally from Iowa, Amy grew up in Colorado then landed in San Francisco in 1991. She studied biology and film production at University of Colorado and San Francisco State University, and since graduating in 1995, she has worked as a camera assistant, documentary filmmaker, TV producer and correspondent on a variety of cable and public television shows including two other KQED series, "Spark" and "Independent View". For her work in television, she has earned ten regional Emmy awards, two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards, and a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Feature Writing award.
  • Dr. A. Cannara

    Please contact me, Amy, I'll be talking on the subject at Lockheed ATC on the 22nd

    Dr. A. Cannara
    650 400 3071