Harnessing the power of algae in the desert

Raffael Jovine trained in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, did his PhD in marine sciences at UC Santa Barbara and completed research at MIT. In 2013, he founded and is now chief scientist of Brilliant Planet, a company that uses seawater, sunlight, and wind to grow food in coastal deserts, replicating algal blooms. 

In this episode of a sustainable mind podcast, Marjorie and Raffael discuss the following:

The ideal environment for algae to bloom

  • How growing algae in the sand creates multiple opportunities for coastal desert communities
  • The importance of partnerships when solving hyper-local climate challenges
  • Dr. Jovine‚Äôs new book How Light Makes Life: The Hidden Wonders and World-Saving Powers of Photosynthesis 

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