#115 - Claire Paris | Freediving for Science

Claire Paris is a competitive freediver and professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her research is dedicated to biological oceanography and ocean conservation and we’ll go into that in detail in the show. If you wanted to know how pelagic fish begin their lives or what the difference is between phytoplankton and zoo plankton and how important they both are to the health of the planet, you’ll find that out too.

Image Credit: Ricardo Paris
Banner: Daan Verhoeven

In this episode we discuss:

How was Claire’s experience at Vertical Blue this year (2021)?
Claire is originally from the south of France.
A quick detour into the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Claire is currently a professor of marine science at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Donny is not a scientist, he’s a dumbass.
Talking about the Splash Facility in Miami.
How Claire is teaching young marine scientists to freedive in order to do their research, and do it safely.
How did Claire get in to freediving?
Meeting Will Trubridge at the Blue Hole.
Meeting Natalia Molchanova and how she inspired and motivated Claire.
Why deep diving is not easy living in Miami.
The joys of drift diving in the open ocean.
Claire maintains her diving fitness with exercises every day.
Claire hasn’t had any problems with lung squeezing so far.
Claire talks about her research done at Dean’s Blue Hole.
Potential secret passageways at the bottom of the Blue Hole.
The incredible negative changes Claire has witnessed in the health of the ocean over the years.
The problem of bringing awareness to conservation issues.
An appeal to spearfishermen and women to be sensible with their catches.
A question from Patron and Claire’s husband Ricardo about what she would do with a 12 month sabbatical.
A question from Patron Stephane about how she stays motivated to freedive.
How to get in touch.
Why does she freedive?

Claire’s Links:


Email: cparis@rsmas.miami.edu

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