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 research 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 received her Masters of Science degree from Northern Arizona University, where she was a Wyss Scholar for Conservation of the American West. She is currently working on her PhD  through the University of Texas El Paso studying dryland ecosystem ecology here in Moab. As a strong believer in the importance of science communication, Kristina loves talking about and exploring all things science. Have questions or want to know more? Email Kristina at key23@nau.edu or find her on twitter @arid_ecology

Join her every Friday at 11:30 am for Science Moab or listen later on SoundCloud or iTunes


Plants and past humans
8.18.2017
A show about Southwestern archaeology and paleoethnobotany, or the study of plants that past humans have used, with Dr. Timothy Riley. Rose Elgholff talks to Dr. Riley about ways to figure out what humans ate in the past, why we care about it, and work he has done with experimental archaeology today.


Mammals at the time of the dinosaurs
8.4.2017
What were mammals like when dinosaurs roamed the earth? We explore mammals living at the time of dinosaurs with Dr. Brian Davis.


Conserving nature’s stage
7.28.2017 Science Moab
Exploring strategies to protect plant and animal species by protecting diverse landscapes with Dr. Paul Beier.


The seeds beneath the soil
6.30.2017 Science Moab
A show about seeds waiting in the desert soil with Dr. Akasha Faist. We find out what kinds of seeds are in the soil, what they need to germinate, and how scientists study the surprisingly mysterious world of soil seed banks.

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Wildlife corridors: Attempts to preserve natural wildlife movement
6.23.2017 Science Moab
A show about wildlife corridors. What they are, how they work, and why they are necessary for the maintenance of ecosystems with Dr. Paul Beier.

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The incredible relationships between pollinators and plants
6.9.2017 Science Moab
A fascinating look at the relationships between pollinators and plants, how they evolved to work together, the types of pollinators we have on the Colorado Plateau, and what the future holds for pollinators with Molly McCormick.

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Volcanoes in the four corners Part I
5.26.2017 Science Moab
The second part of a two part interview about volcanoes on the Colorado Plateau, how they interact with the ecosystem, why there are so many, and how humans may have responded to the eruptions, with Dr. Michael Ort.

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Volcanoes in the four corners Part I
5.19.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Michael Ort about volcanoes on the Colorado Plateau, how they are formed, why there are so many, and when volcanic activity might happen again.

(photo from: https://www.nps.gov/sucr/learn/nature/index.htm)

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How grazing and foraging animals influence the desert
5.12.2017 Science Moab
An interview with Dr. Kari Veblen about the different ways that herbivores influence plant communities in our region and different impacts of native and nonnative grazers.

(photo from: https://wildlife.utah.gov/wildlife-news/1940-dwr-recommends-new-hunts.html)

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Water in the desert soil
4.14.2017 Science Moab
An interview explain ecohydrology, or the study of how water interacts with ecosystems, with Dr. John Bradford . We talk about plants, soil, and water in the Southwest, how the dynamics between plants, soil, and water may change with future climate, and how we can restore ecosystems to be more resilient to a changing climate.

(photo from: https://sites.google.com/view/jbbradford/home/research-themes)

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Understanding our pinyon-juniper woodlands
4.7.2017 Science Moab
An interview exploring the complexity of pinyon-juniper woodlands, how they change over time, and how land use and climate affects this prevalent ecosystem with Dr. Nichole Barger.

(photo from: https://www.nps.gov/articles/pinyon-juniper-woodlands-distribution.htm)

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The structure and functions of forests
3.31.2017 Science Moab
An interview about the composition of forests in the Southwest, and why changes to forest structure can influence how the forests work with Dr. Andrew Sanchez-Meador.

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

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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:

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

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

Interview with Dr. Chambers:

Full show with science news and student questions and answers:


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/)

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

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

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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.

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

Interview with Dr. Huenneke:

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Restoring the skin of the desert
1.27.2017 Science Moab
An interview about biological soil crust restoration on the Colorado Plateau with Dr. Matthew Bowker.

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Schedule

  • Friday - 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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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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