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 and producer 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.

Join us every Friday at 11:30 am for Science Moab or listen later on SoundCloud, iTunes, & Stitcher

You can follow Science Moab on instagram and facebook to stay up-to-date with the science in Moab. Funding is provided in part by the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

Science Moab

When you’re walking over the desert soil, you’re walking over huge amounts of fungi. These fungi are connected to the roots of grasses and shrubs, gathering the nutrients these plants need to survive. Here, we speak with world renowned soil ecologist Dr. Nancy Johnson and hear about the evolutionary past and current roles of these understudied and truly fascinating organisms.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019
Science Moab

Water can be a formidable force in the desert. From carving canyons to cutting arroyos, water has the power to form the landscapes around us. Today on Science Moab, we learn how water shapes the earth with Dr. Taylor Joyal, a fluvial-geo-morphologist studying earth shaping processes.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019
Science Moab

Bark beetles evolved to live in western forests. But in recent decades the number of beetles has grown so large that they are killing millions of acres of forests. Here, we talk to Dr. Richard Hofstetter about these now infamous beetles. We learn about what these beetles do for forests, what happens when their numbers swell out of control, and the acoustic research that might help keep them in check.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019
Science Moab

Climate change will result in lasting changes for the ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau. Here, we talk with Dr. Scott Ferrenberg about what the ecosystems of this region may look like in the future. We learn how scientists study climate change and how our ecological communities are expected to change as the planet warms.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019
Science Moab

There are many efforts going on within national park to restore degraded ecosystems. From using biological controls, to weeding and seeding, to anticipating the effects of climate change, the national parks of southeastern Utah are actively being managed to return or maintain ecological function. Here, we speak with NPS ecologist Liz Ballenger about what ecological restoration means for national parks within the Colorado Plateau.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019
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.
Kristina Young
February 4, 2019

 

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.

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 kristinaey@gmail.com or find her on twitter @arid_ecology

 

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