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Golden State Naturalist

Golden State Naturalist

This is a podcast about asking questions and experiencing wonder. It’s a place to bring your curiosity about the natural world in California.

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2022 California Naturalist Conference Highlights with José González, Rhiana Jones, Obi Kaufmann, and more!

Dec. 1, 2022

Do you want to know what some of the most experienced, most insightful naturalists in California have on their minds? You’ve come to the right place! This episode is jammed full of brilliant professors, authors, environmenta…

La Brea Tar Pits (Ice Age California!) with Sean Campbell

Nov. 17, 2022

Have you ever wondered what was going on in California, oh, ten or fifty thousand years ago? About, perhaps, the social lives of saber-toothed cats, just how big giant ground sloths actually were, or the difference between a…

Monarch Butterflies with Natalie Johnston

Nov. 3, 2022

What makes butterflies so magical? They are a wonder and a delight, and I’m so excited to be diving into a full episode about what is possibly the most iconic species of butterfly in the world: Monarchs. Have you ever wonder…

Fire Ecology with Robin Lee Carlson

Oct. 20, 2022

Hi there! It's season two now! Have you ever wondered what makes a "good fire" different from a "bad fire"? ME TOO. How about these: Which ecosystem needs fire more frequently--oak woodland or chaparral? What happens to ani…

Mid-Break Updates AND Conversation with Michael Hawk on Nature's Archive

Sept. 13, 2022

If you've been wondering what I've been up to or when I'll be back, this episode has your answers! PLUS, just as a bonus because I love you, here's an intro to an amazing podcaster named Michael Hawk, who is the creator of b…

Beavers (Drought and Wildfire Superheroes!) with Emily Fairfax

Aug. 4, 2022

Scale a beaver dam with me and Dr. Emily Fairfax, beaver researcher, ecohydrologist, assistant professor at CSU Channel Islands, and science communicator extraordinaire who has been featured on NPR's Science Friday and All T…

About the Host

Michelle Fullner


Michelle is an English teacher, California Naturalist, mom to two kids, nature podcaster, pursuer of too many hobbies, and generally curious, adventurous type. Childhood dream jobs included: tiger trainer, marine biologist, and being on SNL. Hobbies include: having more plants than she can take proper care of, intermittently practicing Spanish, following drawing tutorials on Youtube, hiking short distances with regular stops to flip over logs, travel, iPhone photography, and creative writing.