Science Moab

Hosted by:

Kristina Young

Genre:

  • Education
  • News
  • Talk

Science Moab is a weekly half-hour program exploring current research going on within the Colorado Plateau and beyond, the show includes interviews with scientists about the fascinating fieldwork they are conducting in our area. Host Kristina Young explores basic ideas behind various scientific topics, the kinds of research that scientists do to answer their questions, and how current research can help us understand our changing world. Science topics span ecology, geology, chemistry, archaeology, hydrology, and any other -ology that might come our way.

Kristina also explores the human side of science by asking researchers why they chose to pursue science careers and what they most enjoy about the work they do.  The answers are broad-ranging and fascinating and include sticky topics, like the lack of gender, racial, and ethnic diversity within science.  

Weekly science news updates will keep us up to date on the greater world of science.  This show’s main goal is to make the exciting research-based science going on in our region and our world accessible to everyone.

Host Kristina Young moved to the Southwest in 2010, and has spent her time studying the desert ever since. She worked for the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center in Moab for four years, and is currently finishing up her Masters degree in soil ecology from Northern Arizona University, where she is a Wyss Scholar for Conservation of the American West. As a strong believer in the importance of science communication, Kristina loves talking about and exploring all things science.

Join her every Friday at 11:30 am for Science Moab.
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The structure and functions of forests
3.31.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Andrew Sanchez-Meador about the composition of forests in the Southwest, and how changes to forest structure can influence how the forests work.

(photo from: http://quantitativeecology.org/using-rlidar-and-fusion-to-delineate-individual-trees-through-canopy-height-model-segmentation/)

Interview with Dr. Sanchez-Meador:
Full show with science news:
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Changing connectivity in the desert
3.25.2017 Science Moab
Christy Williams interviews USGS scientists Dr. Michael Duniway and Becky Mann on new ways to restore the deserts around Moab.

(photo from: https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/connectivity-plot-canyonlands-national-park)

Interview with Dr. Duniway and Becky Mann:
Full show with science news:

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Bats in the Southwest Part II
3.10.2017 Science Moab
The second part of a two part interview with Dr. Carol Chambers exploring what bats do in our forests, white nose syndrome, and the Species from Feces Initiative to help identify bats around the world.

(photo from: http://nau.edu/CEFNS/Forestry/Research/Bats/)

Interview with Dr. Chambers:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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Bats in the Southwest Part I
3.2.2017 Science Moab
The first part of a two part interview with Dr. Carol Chambers about bats in the Southwest, where they live, and what roles they play in ecosystems.

(photo from: http://nau.edu/CEFNS/Forestry/Research/Bats/)

Interview with Dr. Chambers:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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Bark beetles and their sounds
2.24.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Richard Hofstetter exploring bark beetles and the roles they play in forests.

Interview with Dr. Hofstetter:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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How plants and fungi interact
2.17.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Nancy Johnson exploring how fungi and plants interact in our desert ecosystem.

Interview with Dr. Johnson:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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How water shapes the earth
2.10.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Taylor Joyal exploring how water shapes the surface of the earth and how understanding how water moves through an area can help us best manage landscapes.

Interview with Dr. Joyal:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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Ecological change in deserts
2.03.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Laura Huenneke exploring ecological change over time, management actions to address current and future landscape changes, and human diversity in science fields.

Interview with Dr. Huenneke:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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Exploring biological soil crust restoration
1.27.2017 Science Moab
A fascinating interview with Dr. Matthew Bowker about his research on biological soil crust restoration.

Interview with Dr. Bowker:
Full show with science news and student questions and answers:

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Schedule

  • Friday - 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Playlists

One Comment

  • Hannah Russell says:

    Kristina!
    I had no idea you were doing this show! I am helping to plan the March for Science in Moab. If it’s possible, I would love to come in on your show sometime to plug the March and talk about science with you! That is, if you would have me.

    -Hannah

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