The Essential Rhythm 2/27/22: How Gills Work

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode introduces the basics of specialized gas exchange structures in marine invertebrates. Disadvantageous diffusion rates are overcome by high surface area, achieved through folding or filaments of tissue known collectively as gills.

About the host:
Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine.