Owen Duncan
Creative Assistance


Revisiting the octopus den

filmed December 2017

There was a new octopus in residence at Coal Oil Point UC Natural Reserve. This one didn't do yoga moves, but confidently sprawled across the tidepool!

Acrobatic octopus

filmed December 2017

I met a very athletic octopus at Coal Oil Point UC Natural Reserve! Read more about the encounter on my blog.

Biology Blues

produced September 2017

This radio segment originally aired on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara, CA, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The host show was Yon Visell and Irene Moon’s science news show "The Unknown Territories."

While our curiosity about the rarity or abundance of blue in nature was my reason for creating this piece, I found that blue actually just turned out to be a great excuse to talk about floating snails, deceitful octopuses, sexual dimorphism, and perception.

The five speakers are:

Dr. Milton Love of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute
Dr. Michelle Paddack of Santa Barbara City College
Dr. Paul Valentich-Scott of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Dr. F.G. “Eric” Hochberg of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Dr. Jennifer Maupin of Santa Barbara City College

Learn more about the participants on my blog.

Music by: U.S. Army Blues, Goto80 and the Uwe Schenk Band, Skidmore College Orchestra, Scott Joplin, Marsel Minga, Komiku, Breuss Arrizabalaga Quintet, Peter Gresser, Karine Gilanyan, and Lloyd Rodgers.

Two octopuses (yes, octopuses)

filmed in November 2016

If you've been saying octopi, you're mixing Greek and Latin. It happens in lots of respectable words, but they seem to jam together two roots rather than apply the grammar of one language to the root of another, as octopi does (joining a Latin plural ending to a Greek root). If octopuses sounds sloppy, you can go with octopodes. All three are acceptable on a Scrabble board. Personally, I just think it's very lucky to even be around them in the plural at all.

Transcendent slugs

filmed in December 2015

These California sea hares are some of the most beautiful and delicate creatures I've ever seen. The fact that picking up a dead one is like squeezing a slimy, deflated football does nothing to undermine this fact.

Keeping Cows and Nutrients Out of the Stream

screened at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015

Cornell University PhD student Chelsea Morris discusses her ongoing research at the Soil and Water Lab. Chelsea and labmates evaluate the efficacy of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in the Owasco Lake watershed.