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Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Going Viral: An Environmental Activist's Story

Dr Nathan Robinson

Dr Nathan Robinson’s video of him removing a plastic drinking straw from a sea turtle’s nose went viral in 2015. He has since been developing new ways of using technology to gain insights into the secret lives of marine creatures, including capturing the first footage of a live giant squid in US waters and mounting cameras on shells of sea turtles. 

This lecture will give a practical guide to building viral science stories to bring about environmental change.


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Nathan Robinson

Dr Nathan Robinson is a Marine Biologist and Science Communicator whose research answers important ecological important questions while simultaneously engaging global audiences in marine conservation. During his career, he has been at the center of several viral videos including removing both a plastic straw and a plastic fork out of the nostrils of endangered sea turtles. He also filmed the first footage of a giant squid in US waters.

Dr Robinson began his further education at the University of Southampton, where he received a Masters of Marine Biology and was also nominated as the highest achieving student of his graduating class. Next, he moved to Purdue University where we received a Ph.D in Biological Sciences. After completing his formal education, Dr. Robinson accepted a job running the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Station in Costa Rica before moving to The Bahamas as the Director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute. He is currently working as an interdependent researcher in Spain.

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