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Storytellers of STEMM

Storytellers of STEMM

By Rachel Villani
Everyone has a story, and these are the stories of the people in STEMM - their successes, career paths, research, field work, struggles, and everything in between. Each episode features a different storyteller! We're still here and meeting amazing people, and episodes will come out periodically so stay tuned!
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#102 - Rebecca Atkins: Salt Marsh Snails & Experiences in STEMM

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#143 - Courtney Robichaud: Freshwater Wetlands & Phragmites australis
Today's storyteller is Dr Courtney Robichaud! Courtney is a wetlands scientist who has primarily researched Phragmites australis - which is a super tall colony forming invasive freshwater plant species. And when I say tall, it's regularly 10-15 feet tall. And Phragmites (aka phrag or roseau) is very good at invading locations and outcompeting native species. It forms these dense colonies which also doesn't really allow for a diverse suite of species to grow in the same area. I was so excited to talk to Courtney because I spend a solid portion of my wetlands scientist career working with phrag, and it was fun to nerd out about the fieldwork and logistics side of it to start. But the biggest thing I wanted to talk about is - what do we do when an invasive species such as phrag is taking over, but also simultaneously holding the wetland together? What do you do? How do you manage that scenario, or do you even manage it at all? It's partially a philosophical question and partly a feasibility question. So we discuss that in length as well, comparing Ontario (Courtney's area) vs the Mississippi River Delta (my area). This was a great conversation and I'm so excited about a wetlands episode. Enjoy!! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Courtney Robichaud on Twitter @cdrobich and her website https://crobichaud.weebly.com/. Rachel works on the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) in Louisiana: https://www.lacoast.gov/crms/Home.aspx Book List: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel, Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette Recorded on 21 November 2021.
59:29
February 08, 2022
#142 - Jonathon Valente: Avian Ecology & Research
Today's storyteller is Dr Jonathon Valente! Jonathon is a longtime dear friend of mine who does all kinds of interesting bird and wildlife research and so I'm excited to share this conversation with you! We first met at Louisiana State University (LSU) back in I think like 2007, when I was finishing up my bachelor's degree and he was starting his master's degree. I then joined the same research lab to begin my master's degree right after my undergrad graduation, so we were lab mates for a few years as well. This conversation consists mainly of the questions I've always wanted to ask him and never really had the excuse to, like how did you end up in the wildlife field, how did you end up at LSU, what happened next, interspersed with conversations about wildlife, birds, research, etc. Also, there's a brief and hilarious bird interlude around 20 minutes in because what else could you possibly expect when 2 bird people chat on Zoom?!? I hope you enjoy this conversation! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Jonathon Valente on Twitter @jonathonvalente and his website https://www.jonathonvalente.com/. Article about the 17 year cicada cycle: Brood X Cicadas are Emerging at Last MAPS Bird Banding Project: https://www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php Texas A&M Wildlife Job Board: https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/ Book List: The Overstory by Richard Powers, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat Recorded on 11 September 2021.
01:26:03
January 16, 2022
#141 - Clay Tucker: Tree Rings and Hurricanes
Today's storyteller is Dr Clay Tucker! Clay is a tree ring scientist, also known as a dendrochronologist, and his specialty is related to hurricanes and climate change. I could have called this episode "Dendrochronology" but probably most people have no idea what that would mean and I didn't want to detract from this fabulous episode!! So trees grow and add rings every year, so by taking a small core of the tree you get a visual representation of that tree's life, essentially. And you can see the impact of droughts, hurricanes, and disease on the growth of that tree over time. In Clay's research, he's used tree rings from pine trees across the southeastern US to understand the impacts of hurricanes. It's fascinating research and why I asked Clay to be on the podcast! Clay and I are both in Baton Rouge, and know a lot of the same people, and so we talk about that and relationships within science, about how technology in this era allows for collaboration across continents and time zones, about what I call the "Louisiana Quicksand Conundrum", about learning to read the landscape, and of course about trees and wetlands and research. This is such a fun conversation and Clay is great and I hope everyone enjoys it! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Clay Tucker on Twitter @climateclay and his website https://coastalab.wixsite.com/claytucker. LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources: https://www.lsu.edu/rnr/ LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology: https://lsu.edu/ga/index.php The documentary about Richard Proenneke that Clay describes as his favorite documentary ever is called "Alone in the Wilderness". Episodes referenced in this episode: #61 - Ashley Booth Book List: Rising by Elizabeth Rush, One Man's Wilderness by Sam Keith & Richard Proenneke, Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina Recorded on 20 September 2021.
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November 17, 2021
#140 - Jhénelle Williams: Nuclear Applications in Environmental Sciences
Today's storyteller is Jhénelle Williams! Jhénelle is an ocean engineer from Jamaica using nuclear technology to do ocean and environmental science research. If you're wondering how that works and what that even means, don't worry that's the very first thing we talk about! We talk about the types of research they do, how they use nuclear techniques to further their knowledge. They use this technology to research mangroves, sediment, microplastics, sargassum, and air quality research. I found this to be really cool and we've had a lot of people on to talk about stable isotopes but we never talk about HOW the stable isotopes are processed, and this is one of the ways. So that really clicked for me and felt like a missing knowledge link! Jhénelle is awesome, this was a great conversation, and y'all enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Jhénelle on Twitter @IslandGirlFHW. National Geographic Explorer Program: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/society/our-explorers/?nav_click Rachel works on the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) in Louisiana: https://www.lacoast.gov/crms/Home.aspx Rachel's Outdoor Conservation Book Club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/741391-outdoor-conservation-book-club Book List: Instinct by by TD Jakes, The Dune Series by Frank Herbert, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and others Recorded on 12 September 2021.
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November 14, 2021
#139 - Brittaney Spruill: Architecture
Today's storyteller is Brittaney Spruill! Britt is friend and neighbor and architect and today we talk about pretty much everything! ALSO, surprise because Cedric Johnson is back to guest host this time! If you missed Cedric's episode, it's #128. So listen to that one too if you missed it. Anyway back to this episode! Britt is here today to talk about why she chose architecture (or did it choose her?), what she likes about it, about the types of projects she's worked on, what she'd be doing if not architecture, favorite albums, history and people, and a lot of in between. This episode is long because Cedric, Britt, and I have been good friends for a long time so we just had a lot of fun chatting and talking work and buildings and people and history and music. I hope you enjoy!! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Britt on Twitter @ishapespace. The student exchange program we talk about is the Southern Regional Education Board's program called the Academic Common Market Program: https://www.sreb.org/academic-common-market LaHouse: https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/family_home/home/lahouse Habitat for Humanity: https://www.habitat.org/ Book List: The Story of Britain by Roy Strong, The Lost Family by Libby Copeland, Woolly by Ben Mezrich, A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz, 1619 by James Horn, American Nations by Colin Woodard Episodes referenced in this episode: #128 - Cedric Johnson Recorded on 19 September 2021.
01:39:31
November 09, 2021
#138 - Jarrod McKenna: The Egyptian Spiny Mouse and Reproductive Biology
Today's storyteller is Dr Jarrod McKenna! Jarrod is a reproductive biologist at Monash University in Australia and today we talk about the Egyptian spiny mouse and studying reproductive biology. The Egyptian spiny mouse is a rare example of menstruation in mammals, especially a small prey sized mammal, as opposed to large mammals with few  to no actual predators (such humans and primates). In the lab they can use this mouse as a test subject of sorts or a surrogate for studying human reproductive health, which is part of what Jarrod's research is focused on. So today to sum it up, we talk about the Egyptian spiny mouse, mammal reproductive biology, about conservation and the ethics of whether we SHOULD do certain things; how captive spiny mice populations might be different after 20-40 years in captivity and how that differs from wild populations potentially. It was a very fascinating conversation and I hope you enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Jarrod on Twitter @jarrod_mckenna. Recorded on 15 August 2021.
55:29
October 14, 2021
#137 - Lisa Caprelli: Unicorn Jazz and Educational Outreach
Today's storyteller is Lisa Caprelli! She is a children's book author and the creator of the Unicorn Jazz book series, which also launched an Amazon show called The Thing I Do. Today Lisa and I talk about the things that people do, social and emotional intelligence, the importance of people sharing what they do to a young audience, and how her psychology background helps her be a writer and leader. This isn't really a typical STEMM episode BUT I always have said I want to talk to anyone who has anything to share that's even remotely STEMM related, and also talking to Lisa was a lot of fun, so I hope you enjoy it! Also, I want to give some context to this episode. We recorded this on 28 of August 2021, which was the day before Hurricane Ida made landfall at Grand Isle, LA as a Category 4 hurricane. It devastated southeastern coastal Louisiana. Communities have been damaged, wetlands destroyed (as far as we can tell so far, but it's still early days), houses and businesses wiped out. The list goes on. If you want to help, please check out these local organizations on the ground in the bayou and river parishes regions: www.bayoufund.org, Photographs for Louisiana, and Feed The Second Line. --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Lisa on Twitter @LisaCaprelli and her website https://lisacaprelli.com/. You can find Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do streaming on Amazon, the books wherever you buy books, and at their website https://unicornjazz.com/. Episodes referenced in this episode: The episode where I tell my "How I Became a Field Biologist" story is remixed and expanded in Episode #100 (or in Episode 1, but the remix is better!). Book List: Good to Great by Jim Collins, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Recorded on 28 August 2021.
50:29
September 28, 2021
#136 - Logan Kline: Drones and Nesting Seabirds
Today's storyteller is Logan Kline! Logan is a master's student at the University of Maine studying nesting birds using drones! She is using drones to find nests of colonial nesting seabirds on islands in Maine, and training AI to interpret the images. It's really just so cool! I studied shorebirds for my master's, and have a special place in my bird loving heart for these birds, and that's how I originally started following Logan on Twitter. And add in the amazingly cool drone technology that we have now and it's just really cool the research that's possible now, and I find this transition period we're in to be fascinating (which we talk about). We also talk about using drones safely and ethically, the training one should have to use drones around wildlife and to get a drone pilot's license, birdwatching and gate keeping, and what's next for Logan. Enjoy! You can find Logan on Twitter @latlonglogan and on her website. NOAA Hollings Scholarship Info: https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship Texas A&M Wildlife & Fisheries job board: https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/  Book List: The Man Who Touched His Own Heart by Rob Dunn, The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter Recorded on 28 August 2021.
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September 22, 2021
#135 - Cynthia Awruch: Shark Physiology, Reproduction, and Conservation
Today's storyteller is Dr Cynthia Awruch! Cynthia is a marine biologist studying sharks of Argentina and Tasmania. She's researching shark physiology and reproduction, how physiology helps conservation, and how marine contaminants negatively impact shark reproduction. Today we talk all about her research, and dive into how physiology does impact shark conservation, which I found very interesting. They figured out a way to use hormones (via blood samples) to understand reproduction and stress, which is great because it's nonlethal and doesn't remove individuals from an already struggling population! We also have a really good conversation about communication and the importance of social sciences in the physical sciences, and about balancing work, research, school, and life. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Cynthia Awruch on Twitter @ca_awruch and her University of Tasmania website. Book List: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Ratline by Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity" by Philippe Sands, The Overstory by Richard Powers Recorded on 14 August 2021.
57:32
September 14, 2021
#134 - Bharathi Boppana: Computational Modeling and a Conversation
Today's storyteller is Dr Bharathi Boppana! Bharathi is a Research Scientist at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore. Today we talk about her work there using computational simulations to model wind and pollution in urban areas. Bharathi's journey is so interesting - her background is in engineering, and her PhD is in applied mathematics - and her journey takes her to Singapore where she is now. We talk fluid dynamics, what modeling is, how modeling works, computer programs, her journey in her career, and the type of work she does now. Also, Bharathi and I are both members of Homeward Bound's 5th cohort (known as HB5), which is how I have gotten to know her. And in a fun twist, Bharathi asks me questions about my work and it was rather fun being on the other end of the microphone! Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. Book List: Tapestries of Life by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Becoming by Michelle Obama, The One Device by Brian Merchant, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates, Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile, My Penguin Year by LIndsay McCrae You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Rachel works on the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) in Louisiana: https://www.lacoast.gov/crms/Home.aspx Recorded on 3 July 2021.
58:60
September 08, 2021
#133 - Karen Joyce: Drones and Geospatial Science
Today's storyteller is Dr Karen Joyce! Karen is a geospatial scientist, and today we talk all about drones, remote sensing, geography, and everything in between! Karen wears a lot of hats - she's a lecturer at James Cook University in Australia, she's the cofounder and education director of She Maps (which we'll talk about), and she also runs the drone data repository GeoNadir (which we didn't even get to in this conversation!). She Maps is really brilliant and aiming at diversifying STEM using drones and geospatial tools through programs in schools. Karen tells the story of how it came to be in this episode so I won't give it away but it's such a cool program. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Karen on Twitter @KEJoyce2 and her website https://www.kejoyce.com/. You can find She Maps on Twitter @shemapsau, their website https://shemaps.com/, and on Facebook. GeoNadir: https://www.geonadir.com/ Book List: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Episodes referenced in this episode: My friend Tim with the drone is Tim Spruill (Episode 8). You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 19 June 2021.
53:57
August 24, 2021
#132 - Paula Silva: Water Resources Engineering & Management
Today's storyteller is Paula Silva! Paula is a water resources engineer at a large international consulting firm. If you're like me, when you think water management, you either think of something like in urban areas (for me, that would be the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, in particular), or in more natural environments (for me, Mississippi River flows). Water is vital to a lot of things and so I'm excited to share this conversation with y'all. So Paula is here today to talk about what a water resources engineer does, what her job looks like day to day, the kinds of projects she works on, and the favorite parts of her job. We also dive into what drew her to engineering, what it's like working in this field. And towards the end, since I know Paula through Homeward Bound (we're both #TeamHB5), we chat a little about our experiences and favorite parts of the Homeward Bound program. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Paula on Twitter @PaulaSilvaOchoa. Book List: The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 19 June 2021.
51:20
August 18, 2021
#131 - Claire Cannon: Veterinary Oncology
Today's storyteller is Dr Claire Cannon! Claire is a veterinary oncologist based in Melbourne Australia. Today we talk all about cancer in pets, particularly dogs and cats, and I learned so much about the field, research, and types of cancers that impact our pets. Also, did you know that elephants don't get cancer!? Which is awesome and mind boggling, the world is so cool. Okay so we talk about the balance of clinical visits and teaching, about mental health in the veterinary world, about science communication, and about what her day to day job looks like. It's really such a fun conversation and I know I say this a lot but y'all the storytellers teach me so much every week!! Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Claire on Twitter @claireymariec and her research is collated on ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0656-6916 Book List: The Yield by Tara June Winch Recorded on 6 June 2021.
58:31
August 03, 2021
#130 - Marga L Rivas: Marine Ecology
Today's storyteller is Dr Marga L Rivas! Marga is a marine ecologist based at the University of Almeria in Spain. She's done a lot of work with sea turtles, marine conservation, ocean plastics, remote sensing, and sometimes all these aspects combined. It's all really interesting work so check it out! Marga is also part of Homeward Bound 5 with me, and so it was nice to get to know her better on a one on one basis. So in addition to all the cool marine work we talk about we also talk about the HB experience so far, our favorite parts, and reflect on things we've learned so far. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Marga on Twitter @margaflor13. Book List: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Episodes referenced in this episode: "my friend who works in Texas with microplastics" is Dr Jeremy Conkle (Episode 110). You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 5 June 2021.
48:56
July 27, 2021
#129 - Yona Nebel-Jacobsen: Geochemistry
Today's storyteller is Dr Yona Nebel-Jacobsen! Yona is a geochemist based in Melbourne Australia, she works with isotopes, and she teaches me so much cool geology straight away. In this episode we talk about what a geochemist does, if it was the "geo" or the "chem" part that appealed to her, the nonlinear twisty path she took to her current position, and about all things in between. Yona is also part of Homeward Bound in the 4th cohort (I'm in the 5th) and so we talk a bit about our experiences in the HB program too. I love meeting fellow HBers and instant friends and so that's been a fun bonus of this whole podcast project. So it was doubly wonderful to meet Yona, hear her stories, and I hope y'all enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Yona on Twitter @Isotope_Yona. Book List: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Pérez, Troll Hunting by Ginger Gorman, Unterleuten by Juli Zeh Episodes referenced in this episode: Isobel Romero-Shaw (Episode 122) who is Team HB6 and also at Monash University in Australia You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 29 May 2021.
55:23
July 21, 2021
#128 - Cedric Johnson: Architecture
Today's storyteller is Cedric Johnson! Cedric is very good friend of mine, who is an architect, loves sports, and has the most contagious laughter I've ever heard. I've known Cedric for a long time but I met him because of kickball (yay sports) and our mutual good friend Brittaney Spruill, so I enlisted Britt to guest host with me in this episode!! Britt is also an architect so in this episode we ask Cedric questions about why he chose architecture, about his favorite project and his dream project, and about his career experiences along the way. We also talk all about doors (so many doors), building an airport, design, software, changing tech, and so much more. Cedric is one of my favorite people and I'm so excited and honored to share this conversation with you. Enjoy!  --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42.  You can find Cedric on Twitter @cj70422. Book List: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong Episodes referenced in this episode: We keep talking about Tim, and that's Tim Spruill (Episode 8).   Recorded on 22 May 2021.      
01:07:56
July 07, 2021
#127 - Georget Oraha: Mussels and Biology Education
Today's storyteller is Georget Oraha! Georget is a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton, studying tidal influences on mussels in California. We start out talking about her research and how all that went, especially with how the pandemic has impacted her fieldwork and also her study areas. So we talk about all that, but we also have a really good conversation about finding community in a research lab/field team, which can be rare to find but is so amazing when it all clicks together. Georget is also interested in teaching, and has taught in some undergraduate courses and we talk about teaching, growth, philosophy about communication, and biology education. I know I say this a lot but I learned a lot from Georget and it was a lot of fun to record this so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Georget on Twitter @georgetoraha. Rachel's Outdoor Conservation Book Club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/741391-outdoor-conservation-book-club Book List: A Short Guide To Writing About Biology by Jan A. Pechenik, Getting to the Heart of Science Communication by Faith Kearns, Mythos by Stephen Fry, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 22 May 2021.
52:13
June 30, 2021
#126 - Scott Davidson: Peatlands Research
Today's storyteller is Dr Scott Davidson! Scott is a peat researcher and this podcast episode is all about peat! Peat is, very generally, partially decayed organic matter, and forms the base for ecosystems like peatlands, bogs, and more. Scott's work is focused on how disturbance and climate change will impact resilience of wetland systems, particularly peat lands! Peatlands are a type of wetland, and y'all know I love wetlands and so I had a lot of fun talking about all of this with Scott. We talk about why peatlands are important, how changes in peat can impact climate change (think massive greenhouse gas emissions), about his community science #PeatPicProject, and about the Peatlands ECR Action Team. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Scott on Twitter @ScootJD and his website: https://sjdavidsonecology.com/. The Peat Pic Project can be found on Scott's website and using the hashtag #PeatPicProject. PEAT is the Peatlands ECR (Early Career Researcher) Action Team - https://peatecr.com/ Book List: Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty, The Ring of Bright  Water by Gavin Maxwell, The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemisin Recorded on 22 May 2021.
54:19
June 22, 2021
#125 - Anna Frebel: Astronomy & Stellar Archaeology
Today's storyteller is Dr Anna Frebel! Anna is an astronomer and stellar archaeologist, working as a professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work focuses on finding the oldest stars in the universe, and y'all this is some really mind blowing work she's doing. In this episode we learn about metal poor stars, what that means, how one can (roughly) tell the age of a star, what kind of information we learn from old stars, how one navigates in outer space, and about her book "Searching for the Oldest Stars"! This is such a great conversation, Anna is brilliant, and I hope y'all enjoy this. And also, she's #TeamHB6 to my HB5 and we talk a bit about Homeward Bound at the end. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find   Anna on Twitter @annafrebel and her MIT website: https://physics.mit.edu/faculty/anna-frebel/.  Also you should definitely check out Anna's book "Searching for the Oldest Stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe"! And I love it when women in STEMM have Wikipedia pages (which is why I mentioned it in the episode) SO check it out -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Frebel. You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 16 May 2021.
55:41
June 16, 2021
#124 - Aedín McAleer: Marine Science & Ocean Acidification
Today's storyteller is Aedín McAleer! Aedín currently works on the VOCAB project with NUI Galway in Ireland. She's also concurrently doing her master's studying ocean acidification! So today we talk about her work as a research assistant and master's student doing long term monitoring research with ocean acidification and climate change. We talk about how Aedín got interested in marine science, what she wants to do in the future after her master's work is finished, and about the equipment they use (and frequently troubleshoot) in their monitoring work! I had a lot of fun talking to Aedín. so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Aedín on Twitter @Aedin_McAleer. Book List: Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, The thriller Aedín talks about with the missing doctor is The Darkest Place by Jo Spain, Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy Episodes referenced in this episode: "my friend Emily" about the Argo floats is Emily Smith (Episode 19), the pelagic sharks episode is Charlotte Birkmanis (Episode 89). Recorded on 28 March 2021.
49:58
June 08, 2021
#123 - Joanna Sumner: Herpetology & Managing Genetic Resources
Today's storyteller is Dr Joanna Sumner! She is the Manager of Genetic Resources at Museums Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. She's also a self described "flick falling herpetologist" and tune in because asking what that means was my very first question in this episode! Today we talk about the work she does, what that work even is, the kind of collections they have, about bio banks, and I ask too many questions about liquid nitrogen because I'm a nerd. I was really interested to hear about these genetic collections, how they're managed, what type of research they're used for, and it just seems like such a valuable resource. Also, Joanna and I are both in the 5th cohort of the Homeward Bound program (aka HB5) so we also talk a bit about that too - how she heard about it, why she was interested and applied, and what she hopes to get out of the program once we complete it! Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Joanna on Twitter @joanna_sumner99. Museums Victoria: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/ Atlas of Living Australia: https://www.ala.org.au/ Book List: The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson, Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, Phosphorescence by Julia Baird You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 27 March 2021.
58:47
June 01, 2021
#122 - Isobel Romero-Shaw: Gravitational Waves
Today's storyteller is Isobel Romero-Shaw! Isobel is a PhD student at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She studies gravitational waves, which is AWESOME. I'm not even going to pretend to be smart enough to write out an explanation of what that is so just listen in and Isobel will explain it to us. What I will say is that the existence of gravitational waves was predicted by Albert Einstein, and recently confirmed just a few years ago. There's still so much to learn in this field! Today Isobel tells us how she stubbornly chose physics, and about her research with gravitational waves. And then we jump into a dive about Homeward Bound - I'm HB5 as you all know and Isobel is HB6. It was really great getting to talk to her and I'm happy to have met another person from HB6, so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Isobel on Twitter @astrobel_rs and her HB6 fundraising website. Isobel's book is Planetymology! LIGO is the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/. The LIGO facility in Louisiana I reference is the Livingston one. Book List: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski, The Art Instinct by Dennis Dutton, The Trial by Franz Kafka, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson Episodes referenced in this episode: "my friend Tim" is Tim Spruill (Episode 8), Harriet Teare (Episode 121) You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 20 March 2021.
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May 25, 2021
#121 - Harriet Teare: Healthcare Technology & Accessibility
Today's storyteller is Dr Harriet Teare! I got connected with Harriet because she's in the newest cohort of Homeward Bound - HB6 - and I put an all call on Twitter to invite them to come be on the podcast! So Harriet is the first of several episodes featuring HB6ers, and I feel a bit like a sophomore in high school now with the new class coming in after me. So that's how Harriet and I got connected, but she's here today to talk about her work in the healthcare space working on managing health, not disease, and focusing on ways new and upcoming technologies can make healthcare more accessible for all. It's really interesting and I learned a lot! Then we also go on tangents about our health habits and fitness interests, like the endurance activities we both do. I personally have been struggling with lack of motivation during this pandemic because my normal source of motivation is gone, and Harriet explains how she found unique ways to stay motivated during this unusual time. As usual the episode title doesn't begin to cover everything we talk about in this episode so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Harriet on Twitter @HTeare and her HB6 fundraising page: https://chuffed.org/project/hari-to-antarctica-global-leadership-for-women-in-stemm-teamhb6 To learn more about the UK participants in the HB6 cohort, and to support if you so desire: https://uk2antarctica.com/home Book List: Cross Everything by Henry Scowcroft You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 20 March 2021.
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May 18, 2021
#120 - Carol Silberberg: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Today's storyteller is Dr Carol Silberberg! She's a consultation-liaison psychiatrist living in Melbourne, Australia. I met Carol through HB5 - which is the 5th cohort of Homeward Bound - and it was really great to have her on for a one on one conversation. So, today we talk about a LOT of topics, including about her career, what drew her to medicine in the first place, choosing a path in life, how one transports a cello from Canada to Australia, doctors orchestras, Homeward Bound, education in Australia, and gender balances in our respective fields. It's really hard to title these episodes sometimes because the blip of a title never fully captures the whole episode! I titled it as I did because I couldn't list everything we talk about (I never can) - so enjoy the conversation! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Carol Silberberg on Twitter @Commonloon99. The Discomfort Zone that we both contribute to is a podcast recorded with a team of Homeward Bound 5 (Team HB5) participants: https://anchor.fm/discomfort-zone-podcast Book List: Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami Episodes referenced in this episode: Carol's friend Amita that was in Homeward Bound is Amita Roy (Episode 25). You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 18 March 2021.
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May 11, 2021
#119 - Auriel Fournier: Wetland Birds & Fieldwork
Today's storyteller is Dr Auriel Fournier! I found Auriel on Twitter because of her rail research, and then turns out that my friend Dr Craig Miller (Episode 27) now works with her at the Illinois Natural History Survey so he connected us. It's a small world out there y'all, and I was so happy to meet Auriel and have her on the pod. The title of the episode is a bit not descriptive enough for everything we talk about in this episode! Auriel is a wetland and waterfowl biologist and also currently the Director of the Forbes Biological Research Station with the Illinois Natural History Survey. For those that aren't in the secretive marsh bird world, rails are these often ground running elusive marsh birds, and they're really cool in my opinion. So in this episode we talk about Auriel's career, her education, advice for anyone interested in a similar type of career, her various research with rails and other birds, the romanticising of field work, Isle Royale, and what she's doing now in Illinois. Plus we take a dive into science fiction at the end. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Auriel on Twitter @RallidaeRule and on her website: http://aurielfournier.github.io/. Isle Royale Long Term Wolf-Moose study: https://isleroyalewolf.org/ Book List: The City We Became by NK Jemisin, Accidentals by Susan M Gaines, The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140 by KSR, The Expanse Series by James SA Corey Episodes referenced in this episode: Craig Miller (Episode 27) Recorded on 7 March 2021.
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May 05, 2021
#118 - Richard Allen White III: All About Viruses
Today's storyteller is Dr Richard Allen White III! Richard is a professor of bioinformatics at UNC Charlotte, and also has a biotech company called RAW Molecular Systems. We talk today about viruses, coronaviruses, viral therapies, eradicating diseases, antibiotic resistance, phage therapy, and a whole host of things. There's something in this episode that Richard says that I want to say again "science is a recipe to seek the truth". I love that. This episode was recorded in mid February, and research in the virus world is changing quite rapidly so I don't know if anything has changed but I just wanted to point out that it's a possibility in the months since we recorded this. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Richard on Twitter @raw9371. RAW Molecular Systems: https://www.rawmolecularsystems.com/ Episodes referenced in this episode: "my friend who studies pharmaceuticals in wastewater" is Dr Jeremy Conkle (Episode 110), the other episode about viruses is with Dr Gary Trubl (Episode 93), snails and parasites episode with Dr Emlyn Resetarits (Episode 98) Book List: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, The Plague by Alfred Camus, The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, Microcosmos by Lynn Margulis, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, The Republic by Plato Recorded on 13 February 2021.
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April 27, 2021
#117 - Damion Whyte: Jamaican Wildlife & Rooster's World
Today's storyteller is Damion Whyte! Damion is a naturalist and biologist, and is currently a PhD student working on conservation and restoration efforts of the Jamaican iguana on Goat Island. This particular species was thought to be extinct in the 1940s, but was rediscovered in 1990, and there's a lot of research going on with this species. It's really a remarkable story and honestly only one part of all the amazing things that Damion is doing! He's also using social media (as Rooster's World!!) as a way to educate people, dispel myths that persist about some species, and find information about invasive species.  We talk about his research, the pros/cons and usages of social media, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, and really about a bunch of things. This was a fun conversation so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Damion Whyte on Twitter @Roosters_World, on Instagram @roosters_world1, on Facebook, and on YouTube. Book List: Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer Recorded on 20 February 2021.
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April 21, 2021
#116 - Bryan Fry: Venom and Toxicology
Today's storyteller is Dr Bryan Fry! Bryan is a toxicologist working on how toxins impact health, and working a lot with venom, hence why he also goes by the nickname Venom Doc! Which is also the title of his memoir about his experiences, which we'll talk about a few times in this episode. Bryan works with venom from a variety of species, and uses some really powerful technology to accomplish research that literally wasn't possible 20 years ago (as you'll hear in detail). I got connected with Bryan in the first place because I was curious where the snakes go in the winter round here, so we start off talking about that. Then we talk about his career and how his childhood experiences led him to an interest in toxins, and what kinds of research he's been working on. I didn't know how complicated and specific venoms and anti venoms are, and so I learned a lot and am glad to have learned from Bryan! This was a fun episode and I was kind of astounded several times, so I hope you enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Bryan on Twitter @Venom__Doc and on his website www.venomdoc.com. You can find all his research on his website, including the 2 books Bryan has written - the textbook "Venomous Reptiles & Their Toxins" and the memoir "Venom Doc". Book List: Devolution by Max Brooks, Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L Friedman, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Recorded on 14 February 2021.
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April 13, 2021
#115 - Sarah Youngren: Live from Midway Atoll
Today's storyteller is Sarah Youngren! She was one of my earliest guests, and a friend of mine from when I was in grad school. In her first episode, we talk about her life as a seabird biologist, which involves "migrating" to different remote areas throughout the year. Sarah and her partner Dan Rapp regularly work out in the Pacific on islands and on Aiktak Island in the Aleutians. Sarah and Dan have been out on Midway Atoll since November, and today actually is their departure day. So they've been on Midway for months doing seabird research, primarily with Laysan Albatross and Bonin Petrels. In this episode we're going to hear some audio of the birds at Midway, my conversation with Sarah, and I'll end the episode with a longer audio clip that Dan recorded. You can also hear birds in the background of the conversation, which I love. I called this episode "live from Midway Atoll" but really it's not live, but it will sort of sound like it because of all the wonderful bird sounds. So up first in this episode is a few minutes long clip of seabirds on Midway Atoll, and you'll primarily hear the Laysan Albatross, Then stay tuned for my conversation with Sarah. Following our conversation is a longer audio segment of what it sounds like in the early morning on Midway Atoll amongst the birds. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Sarah Youngren on Instagram @syoungre and her website, and in Episode 7! You can find Friends of Midway Atoll on Facebook and their website. Recorded on 21 March 2021.
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April 06, 2021
#114 - Amani Webber-Schultz: Sharks and Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS)
Today's storyteller is Amani Webber-Schultz! Amani is awesome, and this is a great conversation so I'm excited for y'all to hear it. I think I first found Amani on Twitter because of her How It Pants series, where she draws pants on animals and people debate how that critter would wear pants, and I love it. Basically I showed up for the fun critter art and stayed for all the great science and sharks content! Amani majored in marine science at Rutgers, is a co-founder of the Minorities in Shark Sciences (known as MISS), and is also involved with The Field School in Florida. We talk about ALL of this so I don't want to give too much away but enjoy this conversation about sharks, all about MISS, How It Pants, awesome shark facts, and what Amani is up to next. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Amani on Twitter @Curly_Biologist and stickers for How It Pants here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/HowItPants/shop. You can find Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS) on Twitter @MISS_elasmo, Instagram @miss_elasmo, Facebook @misselasmo, and their website: http://www.misselasmo.org/. You can find The Field School on Twitter @Field_School and their website: https://www.getintothefield.com/. Also if you don't know what Juneteenth is, please visit: https://www.juneteenth.com/. Recorded on 6 March 2021.
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March 30, 2021
#113 - Antarctica Series 23: Megan McCuller
This is episode 23 of the Antarctica series, and it's also the final one in the series. Today's storyteller is the perfect finale though to bring this series full circle. So - today's storyteller is Megan McCuller! You may remember her from the very first episode of the Antarctica series where we heard from her as she was onboard the NSF ship the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer about to embark on an epic journey to Antarctica! In that episode we talked about the work they were going to do, her expectations, and the process they had to go through to do this in a safe way during this global COVID-19 pandemic. So that episode (actually episode #71 back in November) was the before, and this episode is the after! So in this episode we talk about the cool sea creatures they found in their samples, life on the ship, ice breaking, being isolated from the world for 3 months, and what's up next for Megan after Antarctica. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and www.rachelvillani.com, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on Twitter @storytellers42. You can find Megan McCuller on Twitter @mccullermi. You can find all the Twitter posts for the Icy Inverts team using #IcyInverts, and more info on their website: https://www.icyinverts.com/. Information about the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer: https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/support/nathpalm.jsp Recorded on 25 February 2021.
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March 25, 2021
#112 - Priya Gandhi: Building Sustainability
Today's storyteller is Priya Gandhi! She's a building sustainability consultant based in Melbourne, Australia, and also she's part of Team HB5 with Homeward Bound! Today Priya and I talk about her work, the kinds of changes people can make in their buildings to be more environmentally friendly, and her career journey to get where she is today, and also we have a chat about Homeward Bound to wrap it up! I'm happy to know Priya through Homeward Bound, and even though we have yet to meet in person, she's one of the people I talk to the most frequently in the program and that's been a really great connection and friendship. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Priya Gandhi on Twitter @priyabgandhi. Links to things mentioned in this episode: - Passive House: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house - Energy Star: https://www.energystar.gov/about?s=mega - Amy Poehler's Smart Girls: https://amysmartgirls.com/ - A Piece from Climate Reality Project about climate anxiety - "House is a Building" by Anderson East: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gJV5QGtHqE Book List: The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres, The Culture Map by Erin Meyer You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook.  Recorded on 12 February 2021.
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March 23, 2021
#111 - Antarctica Series 22: Kirsten Carlson and Greg Neri
Today's storytellers are Kirsten Carlson and Greg Neri! They are co-chairs of the Antarctic Artist and Writers Collective (AAWC), and they went to Antarctica together as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program in 2017. The AAWC brings together all past members of the NSF program together to collaborate to inspire and educate the public about Antarctica. Right now the AAWC has an online exhibit called "Adequate Earth" and you should definitely check that out because you can also see the exhibits that Kirsten & Greg contributed! Kirsten is a visual artist, has a science background, and a diver and she combines all of these things together in her work. Greg is a writer and filmmaker, and has written a dozen books for kids about various topics. They are both awesome and it was so great to talk to them and hear about their time in Antarctica, their work with AAWC, and their exhibits in the Adequate Earth online program. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Kirsten Carlson on Twitter @kirstencarlson and her website http://www.kirstencarlson.net/. You can find Greg Neri on Twitter @g_neri or on his website https://www.gregneri.com/. You can find the Antarctic Artist and Writers Collective on Twitter @AntarcticAWC and on their website https://www.aawcollective.com/. Adequate Earth by AAWC: https://www.aawcollective.com/adequate-earth-exhibition Rachel's Outdoor Conservation Book Club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/741391-outdoor-conservation-book-club Book List - The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf, Endurance by Alfred Lansing
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March 19, 2021
#110 - Jeremy Conkle: Pollution in Wetlands and Waterways
Today's storyteller is Dr Jeremy Conkle! He's a professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and his specialty is pollution in wetlands, including pharmaceuticals and microplastics. I met Jeremy way back in the day when we were both students at LSU, and today we talk about his journey to his current job and research focus! Jeremy has always done really interesting research, starting with looking at pharmaceuticals in wetlands. I love wetlands as y'all all know but this is an aspect I would never have thought about probably without knowing Jeremy. It's really interesting learning how long things persist in the environment and I learned we're still finding the remnants of DDT out there. We have a brief chat about the DDT aspect, but if you want to learn more I definitely recommend reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - it was the book that introduced me to what being an ecologist can achieve. This conversation is pretty wide ranging covering a lot of different aspects of wetland ecology, pollution, the impacts of oil and gas, climate change, and how all of these things interact. I am so glad Jeremy agreed to do the podcast, and I really enjoy it when close friends agree to be on this podcast with me, it was so great to catch up, and I hope y'all enjoy this episode!! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Jeremy Conkle on Twitter @C_HaWQ and his lab's website: https://www.c-hawq.org/. "Davis Pond" we refer to is the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion in Louisiana: https://coastal.la.gov/diversion-operations/ CRMS is the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System Nurdle in the Rough - jewelry handmade from recovered ocean plastics! Cancer Alley in Louisiana - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_Alley Wiki about the Formosa pollution and waste violations The Netflix documentary Dirty Money had an episode featuring Formosa and this pollution battle: Season 2 Episode 6 called "Point Comfort" Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan: https://coastal.la.gov/our-plan/ Jeremy and I briefly talk about "superfund sites" and if you don't know what that is, check out: https://www.epa.gov/superfund Kemp's Ridley video from Texas I was talking about, but is actually from 1947: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4u3GL9SyyM Book List: An Unreasonable Woman by Diane Wilson, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, This is Our Time By Ruby Bridges Episodes Referenced: Lauren Land Morris (Ep 6), Sarah Youngren (Ep 7), Alex Troutman (Ep 59) Recorded on 26 January 2021. 
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March 17, 2021
#109 - Antarctica Series 21: Saz Reed
Today's storyteller is Saz Reed! Saz is currently a technician for the Scottish Association for Marine Science, known as SAMS, and in this episode we talk about her time when she was based at Rothera in Antarctica for 18 months! She's done a lot of polar work in both directions, is a diver, loves adventure, and was just a treat to talk to. Saz is also the first person I've talked to who has overwintered in Antarctica, which was interesting to hear about. We talk all about her time in Antarctica, diving and carrying a seal stick, and transporting samples back to the UK by ship. She did a pretty extreme journey where she went from Antarctica, by ship to the UK, then basically straight to the Arctic! It was interesting to hear about and Saz is such a good storyteller so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Saz Reed on Twitter @SazReed, and her blog: Tales of a Research Technician Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS): https://www.sams.ac.uk/ Changing Arctic Ocean Program: https://www.changing-arctic-ocean.ac.uk/ Rothera Station info: https://www.bas.ac.uk/polar-operations/sites-and-facilities/facility/rothera/ The documentary we talk about is David Attenborough's A Life On Our Planet (available on Netflix most if not all places) Episodes referenced in this one: Episode 72 with Sabrina Heiser (Antarctica Series #2) Book List - Into the Planet by Jill Heinerth, Run or Die by Kilian Jornet, Underland by Robert Macfarlane Recorded on 16 January 2021.
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March 11, 2021
#108 - Dakota Hilliard: Astrophysics, Spaceflight, and Extreme Weather
Today's storyteller is Dakota Hilliard! He's an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota here in the US, majoring in astrophysics and minoring in space studies! I asked Dakota to be on the podcast because his enthusiasm for space is infectious (in a good way) and I enjoy following him on Twitter, so I thought it would be fun! I know next to nothing about outer space or astrophysics or anything like that, so Dakota told me all about that. He's very interested in spaceflight and from following him on Twitter I learned there's waaaaay more rocket programs going on right now than I was aware of, so I asked him to teach me all about that. We also talk about extreme weather, like hurricanes and tornadoes, and chasing the aurora borealis. Also I've had very few undergrads on the pod so far so that was an additional reason I invited Dakota on and also to prove that there's no gates round here - if you have something STEMM related you want to share no matter where you are in your education or career, let's talk! You can find how to contact me in the show notes. Anyway enjoy the episode! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Dakota Hilliard on Twitter @ItsAstroKota and his book is Poems From a Stargazer. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/home/index.html Book List: Poems From a Stargazer (Dakota's book), The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack Episodes referenced in this episode: "my friend Dave" is Dave Nussbaum (Episode 40) Recorded on 17 January 2021.
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March 10, 2021
#107 - Antarctica Series 20: Marlo Garnsworthy
Today's storyteller is Marlo Garnsworthy! Marlo is an artist, illustrator, author, and science communicator. She has now travelled to Antarctica twice as an education and outreach officer aboard an Antarctic cruise ship, which is a really important role aboard those ships because they educate and interpret the landscape and environment for passengers. She says in this episode that she had a hard time to put her experience into words, which further shows why art is so important! In this episode we talk about her time in Antarctica, the blue iceberg that changed her life, the importance of art, her amazing story of getting to meet Jane Goodall, and we discuss our experiences and the ways that the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) changed our lives. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Marlo Garnsworthy on Twitter @MarloWordyBird and on her website: www.IcebirdStudio.com. Marlo is actively and eagerly seeking her next oceanographic or polar outreach expedition! Also if you like her art, she has prints for sale on her website (www.IcebirdStudio.com). Marlo's books - Pika Country--Climate Change at the Top of the World, co-authored by Marlo Garnsworthy and Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, photos by Dan Hartman, published by Web of Life Children's Books. Named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the Children's Book Council and National Science Teachers Association The Turtle Dove's Journey: A Story of Migration by Madeleine Dunphy, illustrated by Marlo Garnsworthy, Web of Life Children's Books Iceberg of Antarctica by Marlo Garnsworthy - National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS): https://www.nols.edu/en/ - Check out #HowMuchHowFast on Twitter - Web of Life Children's Books: http://weboflifebooks.com/ Recorded on 8 November 2020.
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March 04, 2021
#106 - S. Yoshi Maezumi: Paleoecology
Today's storyteller is Dr Yoshi Maezumi! Yoshi is a paleoecologist and if you don't know what that is (like I didn't) don't worry - that's the very first thing we talk about! She studies the history and long term interactions of people and the environment, specifically focused on how fire plays a role. We talk about how she does this research in the field, what and how they learn from this, and about projects she has going on right now. She also is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam, and also a National Geographic Explorer! I really learned a lot from Yoshi so enjoy this episode! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Yoshi Maezumi on Twitter @yoshi_maezumi or on her website: https://yoshimaezumi.wixsite.com/paleoecology. National Geographic Grants Program: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/ Marie Curie Research Fellowship Program: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/node_en Book List: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Recorded on 17 January 2021.
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March 02, 2021
#105 - Antarctica Series 19: Michael Schrimpf
Today's storyteller is Dr Michael Schrimpf! He's currently doing a postdoc position at the University of Manitoba, and his research interests are species distributions, bird conservation, and species interactions. Today though he's here to talk about his PhD research at Stony Brook University, where he was in the same lab at Alex Borowicz (Episode 75) which you'll hear us reference. So his PhD research focused on the distribution and community ecology of breeding birds in Antarctica! I know we all think about penguins in Antarctica, but there's also a variety of seabirds including a species of cormorant, plus a few petrels. So we talk all about birds, field work, doing their study from and utilizing tourist cruise ships, and more. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Michael Schrimpf on Twitter @MBS_Science and on his website: https://michaelschrimpf.weebly.com/. The Lynch Lab: https://lynchlab.com/ IAATO: https://iaato.org/ Oceanites: https://oceanites.org/ Antarctic Site Inventory: https://oceanites.org/research-portal/antarctic-site-inventory/ eBird: https://ebird.org/home The paper about Antarctic vessel traffic is "Patterns of tourism in the Antarctic Peninsula region; a 20-year analysis" by Nicole A Bender, Kim Crosbie, and Heather J Lynch, Antarctic Science, 2016. Episodes referenced in this one: Episode 75 - Antarctica Series 03: Alex Borowicz, my friend the seabird biologist is Episode 7 - Sarah Youngren: Being a Seabird Biologist. Recorded on 25 October 2020.
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February 26, 2021
#104 - Pat Lennard: Tasmanian Devils, OneHealth, and Immunotherapy
Today's storyteller is Pat Lennard! He's a PhD student at Leiden University in the Netherlands and from Tasmania. His background is in biotechnology, One Health, and infectious diseases. We start this episode talking about his work with Tasmanian Devils and their transmissible cancer called the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (also known as DFTD). His work with DFTD introduced him to infectious and transmissible diseases and OneHealth. I had never heard of OneHealth but it's basically this idea (and related organizations) that environmental, human, and animal health are all interrelated and connected, and so people from a variety of backgrounds are working on all fronts towards a common goal. Anyway this is a fun chat so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Pat Lennard on Twitter @prlennard and on his website: https://www.patricklennard.com/. The Roslin Institute: https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin The World Health Organization (WHO) info about OneHealth: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/one-health Wikipedia info about OneHealth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Health Episode referred to: Ingrid Albion (Episode 26) about Tasmanian Devils (plus more wildlife work/legacy programs) Book List: Viva la Revolucion by Eric Hobsbawm Recorded on 16 January 2021.
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February 24, 2021
#103 - Antarctica Series 18: Mike Gooseff
Today's storyteller is Dr Mike Gooseff! He's a professor at the University of Colorado and specializes in hydrology in streams, glaciers and frequently in polar regions, in this case Antarctica! He's also the lead on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research Project, which studies the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. We talk long-term monitoring (which I love to talk about), the types of data they're collecting. I also am always curious about how people break into the Antarctic research world so we talk about that. Towards the end we go on a wide ranging conversation about how to communicate all the kinds of career possibilities out there and how facilitate conversations with students of all ages about everything that's out there and how it all works (like grad school). Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Mike Gooseff on Twitter @mgooseff or his website: http://goosefflab.weebly.com/. McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Project: https://mcm.lternet.edu/ Katabatic Winds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katabatic_wind Book List: Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson Recorded on 25 October 2020.
01:06:11
February 19, 2021
#102 - Rebecca Atkins: Salt Marsh Snails & Experiences in STEMM
Today's storyteller is Rebecca Atkins! She's a PhD student at the University of Georgia studying marsh periwinkles in salt marshes. Marsh periwinkles are an adorable little purplish snail found in coastal salt marshes around the coastal United States. I've always seen them when I do field work but got to learn so much about them from Rebecca. We also talk about how she got into the wetlands / snail research field, and about the course on STEM and feminist theory she just helped teach with other graduate students. The course sounded really good (that's the "Experiences in STEMM part of this episode because I'm not very good at creatively naming episodes) and I am looking forward to learning more about those topics. Also, Rebecca, like many people I've talked to in STEMM is also an artist & she does illustrations! One of my favorite parts of doing this podcast is learning about all the different aspects of people in STEMM outside of their careers/fields and it's really fun. I enjoyed talking to Rebecca so I hope you enjoy this episode! And Happy Mardi Gras! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or www.rachelvillani.com, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Rebecca Atkins on Twitter @RL_Atkins or her website http://www.rebeccaatkins.com/. Student Conservation Association: https://www.thesca.org/ Knauss Fellowship: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program Rachel's Outdoor Conservation Book Club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/741391-outdoor-conservation-book-club Book List from this episode: - On Being Included by Sara Ahmed - Ghost Stories for Darwin by Banu Subramaniam - Data Feminism by Catherine D'Ignazio & Lauren F Klein - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer - All About Penguins by Dyan deNapoli (the kids penguin book I referenced) - The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway Recorded on 9 January 2021.
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February 16, 2021
#101 - Antarctica Series 17: Pacifica Sommers
Today's storyteller is Dr Pacifica Sommers! She is a microbial ecologist based at the University of Colorado - Boulder interested in the ways that microbes drive interactions in ecosystems, and has studied this in (spoiler alert) Antarctica! Pacifica's research is centered in the Taylor Valley area of Antarctica, which may sound familiar to steady listeners because this is also where Schuyler Borges (Episode 99 last week) works! So what Pacifica studies is the microbial communities and interactions in cryoconite holes in glaciers, which are melted puddles on the surface of glaciers caused by the cryoconite dust increasing the temperature and melting a hole in the surface. It's really cool and I had a great time talking to Pacifica so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Pacifica Sommers on Twitter @pacificsummer and her website https://pacificasommers.com/. Tardigrade video: https://lifeundertheice.org/. BONUS: Schuyler Borges also works in the Taylor Valley in Antarctica, and you can hear from them in Episode 99! Recorded on 23 October 2020.
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February 11, 2021
#100 - Rachel Villani: How I Became a Field Biologist (REMIX)
Today's storyteller is me! This is a remix version of Episode 1, where I share the story of how I became a field biologist. I have re-edited it, added stories, and expanded on things I glossed over in the first version. I won't re-release episodes regularly, but I have learned so much about storytelling, editing, and podcasting in general so I wanted to do the original episode more justice. I've also had a few realizations during the past year that came to me in conversations with other guests so I had more to say about my story. So enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or www.rachelvillani.com, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. * Episodes I reference: Blake Grisham (Episode 16) and Gina Kent (Episode 42). * The Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) is the wetlands project I work on now. * LSU's School of Renewable Natural Resources: http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/ * The Student Conservation Association (SCA): https://www.thesca.org/ * Louisiana's TOPS program for tuition assistance: https://mylosfa.la.gov/students-parents/scholarships-grants/tops/ * Sherburne Wildlife Management Area: https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/sherburne * The bird banding program was MAPS: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship * Book List from this episode: Katrina, A History: 1915-2015 by Andy Horowitz
57:24
February 09, 2021
#99 - Antarctica Series 16: Schuyler Borges
Today's storyteller is Schuyler Borges! They are a PhD candidate in Astronomy & Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University. Their research, in their own words, is aimed at "understanding how Antarctic microbial communities form remote and in situ biosignatures detectable on rocky, cold planetary bodies in and outside our Solar System". I just find this concept of using Antarctica as an analog for Mars to be just SO COOL and also a totally different approach to research in Antarctica. They are using remote sensing to detect microbes and microbial communities in the Fryxell Basin in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. We talk about how one even does that, about working in Antarctica, what gives the Dry Valleys their name, and how they got into the microbe world. I found it all to be super fascinating and it was great to talk to Schuyler, so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Schuyler Borges on Twitter @PlanetSkyentist or on their website: https://schuylerborges.weebly.com/. Because you can't see photos on a podcast, the two hot springs we talk about are the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States, and the Champagne Pool at Wai-o-tapu Thermal Reserve in Rotorua, New Zealand. Recorded on 22 October 2020.
55:17
February 05, 2021
#98 - Emlyn Resetarits: Aquatic Snails and Parasites
Today's storyteller is Dr Emlyn Resetarits! She's an aquatic disease ecologist specializing in snails and their parasites, and currently doing a post doc at the University of Georgia. Today we talk all about her research studying aquatic snails and their parasites, including with California Horn Snail in California marshes, and marsh periwinkles in the salt marshes of the southeastern US. So I ask her all about snails, and parasites, and I learned that parasites castrate snails. So if you want to  learn about snails and parasites, Emlyn is the expert and it was fun to learn from her! She's also one half of the brilliant hosts of the STEM Fatale Podcast, which tells the story of a different historic woman in STEM in each episode, and it's a lot of fun and super informative so y'all check them out. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or www.rachelvillani.com, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Emlyn Resetarits on Twitter @Ecology_Gremlyn or her website https://eresetaritsresearch.wordpress.com/. You can find the STEM Fatale Podcast on Twitter @stemfatalepod, their website https://www.stemfatalepodcast.com/, and wherever you get your podcasts! Book List from this episode: Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer, The Searcher by Tana French Recorded on 3 January 2021.
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February 02, 2021
#97 - One Year Anniversary
This is a special one year anniversary episode! Exactly one year ago today I released that very first episode, the one in which I interview myself, and started this whole podcast thing rolling. I am very appreciative of the support over the last year, grateful to have met so many amazing humans, and happy to have learned so much from everyone, and excited to share everyone's stories! Enjoy this short reflection on my favorite moments, how the podcast came to be, and what to expect moving forward. Thank you all so much and I appreciate you! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or www.rachelvillani.com, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny Twitter account @storytellers42. Favorite Moments from the past year, and their episodes you should check out: 1. Gina Kent, Episode 42 2. Alex Troutman, Episode 59 3. Ingrid Albion, Episode 26 4. Sharks with Julianna Kadar (Episode 11), Meghan Holst (Episode 68), and Charlotte Birkmanis (Episode 89). Book List: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects.
12:04
January 29, 2021
#96 - Antarctica Series 15: Alicia Purcell
Today's storyteller is Alicia Purcell! She's a PhD candidate at Northern Arizona University, and her background is in microbial ecologist. In her own words, Alicia research is "using field based techniques to understand how the growth of soil microbes change in response to warming temperatures. I'm studying this both in Northern Arizona and on the Antarctic Peninsula". So in this episode Alicia tells me all about both her trips to Antarctica, how she got into the microbe world, about stable isotopes, and about subglacial lakes. We also talk about life in the desert, Arizona, and her field study area there too. While Alicia was at Palmer Station, she also got to meet a cohort from Homeward Bound, so she tells about her experience from an external point of view, and it was very interesting to hear her point of view. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny Twitter account @storytellers42. You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 22 October 2020.
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January 28, 2021
#95 - Anna Colucci: Marine Biology to Corporate Sustainability
Today's storyteller is Anna Colucci! Anna is here today to tell the story of how she grew up in Italy and spent time in the summers on the Mediterranean, where she was fascinated by the water and got interested in marine biology and marine mammals. Our paths often meander and so her path ultimately took her all the way to Australia, then back to Europe, to where she now works in Germany in corporate sustainability.   She is also part of Homeward Bound 5, and so that's how Anna & I met and yay #teamHB5! We also have a conversation reflecting back on 2020, and looking forward to what we want to see in 2021. This was the last episode recorded in 2020 so it was a good reflection point for the year. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or www.rachelvillani.com and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Anna Colucci on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annacolucci/ You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 28 December 2020.
51:30
January 26, 2021
#94 - Antarctica Series 14: Mandy Frazier
Today's episode features Mandy Frazier! She's a PhD student at UC Davis, and she studies Antarctic fishes! She's done a lot of fisheries research but for the purposes of this episode she's going to tell us all about how Antarctic fishes manage stress in the face of changing conditions, like with ocean acidification. She's also done a season of diving in Antarctica, and the story of how that came about was totally enthralling to me, so enjoy that. I am always curious about the logistics of people's research and so she tells me all about how they catch the fish, what kind of experiments they did at McMurdo, and samples they collected for future and continued research. --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook. You can find Mandy Frazier on Twitter @mandy__joyce. Recorded on 20 October 2020.
01:04:09
January 21, 2021
#93 - Gary Trubl: Soil Microbes & Viral Ecology
Today's storyteller is Dr Gary Trubl! He's a microbiologist interested in the ecology of viruses, in particular in soil environments, and he's currently doing his post doc at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We talk about his research in rainforest soils in Puerto Rico and also in permafrost, and I ask him whether viruses are considered to be alive or not, which is a very contentious issue! He's also working to get viruses included in the search for life in outer space. This is out of my wheelhouse so I ask a lot of probably ridiculous questions (which is totally in my wheelhouse) so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Gary Trubl on Twitter @gtrubl and his website.  Microbes Persist project website: https://sc-programs.llnl.gov/biological-and-environmental-research-at-llnl/soil-microbiome Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: https://www.llnl.gov/ Recorded on 3 October 2020. --- “Work conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was supported by the DOE Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research Genomic Science program award SCW1632 and LLNL LDRD 18-ERD-041 and conducted under the auspices of DOE Contract DE-AC52- 07NA27344.”
01:08:05
January 19, 2021
#92 - Antarctica Series 13: Michelle Taylor
Today's episode features Dr Michelle Taylor! She's at the University of Essex in England and she works with deep sea environments, like deep sea corals! Deep sea is considered to be roughly 200m deep and beyond, which is also roughly the edge of the continental shelf. She started in coral reef ecology, but (as she describes it) she has "one warm foot and one cold foot" and now studies both tropical and deep sea, aka not tropical, corals! She was on the Weddell Sea Expedition in 2019, which was a multi prong expedition that was studying the ice shelves in the Weddell Sea, and also using underwater autonomous vehicles to search for The Endurance, which was the ship Ernest Shackleton and his expedition team lost in the sea ice in 1915. And that's all I'm going to say about that! Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook. You can find Michelle Taylor on Twitter @Dr_MTaylor and her website: https://taylorlab.science/. Weddell Sea Expedition in 2019: https://weddellseaexpedition.org/ Video about Michelle's work: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2328347120821410 Book List from this episode: The book about Ernest Shackleton & the Antarctica expedition in 1915 is Endurance by Alfred Lansing. LUMCON is the marine center in Cocodrie, Louisiana we talk about early on: https://lumcon.edu/ and on Twitter @LUMCONscience/ Recorded on 20 October 2020.
55:58
January 15, 2021
#91 - Alejandra Enriquez: Marine Bacteria & Experiences in STEMM
Today's storyteller is Alejandra Enriquez! She is a marine scientist who studies bacteria in coastal estuaries, she just finished her master's degree at the College of Charleston, and she's an upcoming Knauss Fellow! So today Alejandra and I talk about her master's research, about the life of a grad student, and I really air out my grievances about my own grad school experience in this conversation. We also talk about her experience being latina in STEMM, and what can be done to make it a more inclusive and welcoming space. And Alejandra is also an artist and using her art to promote conservation and I think her art is awesome. I'll link to everything in the show notes. Enjoy!  ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and on Instagram @outdoorconservation. and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.  You can find Alejandra Enriquez on Twitter @marinebioartist, on Instagram @marinebioartist, on Twitch, and her RedBubble store.  Knauss Fellowship: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program  The podcast episodes I referenced in this episode are: Storytellers of STEMM's "#52 - Carole Durussel: Marine Policy and Ocean Governance" and Stem Fatale Podcast's "Episode 048 - Flopsy, Mopsy, and and Fungi" about Beatrix Potter.  Recorded on 31 October 2020.
59:47
January 12, 2021
#90 - Antarctica Series 12: Falk Huettmann
Today's episode features Dr Falk Huettmann. He's a wildlife biologist and professor at University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He does a lot of polar research, and introduces me to the three pole concept (Arctic, Antarctic, and Himalayas) and is based on those 3 places having large concentrations of ice and glaciers. So we cover a lot of ground in this conversation today talking about Antarctica issues, including research, tourism, wildlife, and about governance of Antarctica. We also talk about what international polar years are and why they're valuable. This is a wide ranging conversation so enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook. You can find Falk Huettmann on his website. He also gave a TED talk titled "A New Way Forward for a Global Sustainability Culture" at TEDxFairbanks. He has many publications including: Protection of The Three Poles and Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean. Book List from this episode: The book about the cholera outbreak and Dr Snow that Falk alludes to is The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Recorded on 19 October 2020.
01:12:19
January 07, 2021
#89 - Charlotte Birkmanis: Oceanic Sharks
Today's storyteller is Charlotte Birkmanis! She is a marine biologist, who lives in western Australia, and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Western Australia. Today we talk about oceanic sharks, which are also known as pelagic sharks. There's a bunch of oceanic sharks, and Charlotte teaches me all about sharks. Like - did you know that we humans kill 3 sharks every second!? Charlotte and I talk about suitable habitat for sharks, shark movements and migration, basically everything about where and why sharks are where they are and how to study that. I had a great time talking to Charlotte so enjoy this conversation! ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.  You can find Charlotte Birkmanis on Twitter @CharlotteBirky https://twitter.com/CharlotteBirky and her website https://www.charlottebirkmanis.com/ and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jMPpccBChsIrnvzivFXpw!  Book List from this episode: Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg and the book club I mentioned is the Outdoor Conservation Book Club on Goodreads!  Recorded on 31 October 2020.
56:13
January 05, 2021
#88 - Antarctica Series 11: Patricia Suchy and Vince LiCata
Today's episode features 2 storytellers - Drs Patricia Suchy and Vince LiCata. They're both professors at Louisiana State University (LSU), Trish in the Department of Communication and Vince in the Department of Biology. Together they collaborated on a project communicating science through performance art, called "Persistence of Vision: Antarctica", and the end result is an immersive video installation using video portraits of modern day scientists in historical locations. That's a really succinct way of explaining this complex and amazing project but I don't want to understate how awesome this project is and how much I want to see it for myself! The locations were based off of photos by Herbert Ponting, and I start the episode with a very brief history of Antarctic exploration and then we talk about their project, their time in Antarctica, and how the idea came together. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Patricia Suchy at her website and you can find Vince LiCata on his website. A video preview of their project: https://vimeo.com/233602812 Antarctica Artists and Writers Collective: https://www.aawcollective.com/ Book List from this episode: The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard Recorded on 11 November 2020.
01:25:06
January 01, 2021
#87 - Anna Thonis: Puerto Rico Anoles
Today's storyteller is Anna Thonis! She's a PhD student at Stony Brook University in New York, studying anoles in Puerto Rico. Anna's research is all about figuring out how competition between the various anole species works, and using that information to develop species distribution models. And then taking all of that into account with the added complications of climate change. We talk about field work, all about anoles, about hurricanes and climate change, and at the end, I share a very strange phobia I have about a particular lizard. Enjoy! --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Anna Thonis on Twitter @annainthefield and her website: https://annathonis.weebly.com/. Recorded on 27 September 2020.
01:03:56
December 29, 2020
#86 - Antarctica Series 10: Emily Schwans
Today's episode features Emily Schwans! Emily is a PhD candidate at Penn State working on glacier modeling in Antarctica, specifically the Thwaites Glacier. The Thwaites Glacier is part of the West Antarctic ice sheet, is sometimes referred to as the Doomsday Glacier, and is the widest glacier on earth at 80 miles! Understanding and modelling all these changes is part of what Emily works on and what we'll talk about today. But we also talk about her background, her introduction to geology, field work and modelling, and tangents about science fiction. Enjoy!  ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.  You can find Emily Schwans on Twitter @schwantarctic.  International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC): https://thwaitesglacier.org/.  Book List from this episode: Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson and The Swarm by Frank Schatzing.   Recorded on 19 October 2020.
53:17
December 24, 2020
#85 - Niba Nirmal: Multimedia Science Communication
Today's storyteller is Niba Nirmal! She's a science communicator, a plant geneticist, and recently also a 2020 Fellow with Jackson Wild! The title of the episode is a little misleading in that it doesn't encompass everything we talk about in this episode. Niba and I cover a lot of ground - we talk about how she got into science communication, about her videos on YouTube, the pros and cons of social media in general and with science, about role models, and the importance of diversity and representation across platforms. To name a few things. This is a wide ranging conversation so have a listen and enjoy!  ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.  You can find Niba Nirmal on Twitter @NotesByNiba https://twitter.com/NotesByNiba, on Youtube @NotesByNiba https://www.youtube.com/c/NotesByNiba, and her website https://www.notesbyniba.org/.  Jackson Wild: https://www.jacksonwild.org/.  Recorded on 20 September 2020.
01:00:28
December 22, 2020
#84 - Antarctica Series 09: Clara Bird
Today's episode features Clara Bird! She's currently a PhD student at Oregon State University in Corvallis, which is the perfect location because she is studying gray whale behavior using drones! And before that she went to Duke University in North Carolina and worked in the Duke Drone Lab and through that is how she ended up working with penguins, drones, and Antarctica! So we start off by talking about her background and getting into the remote sensing field, the Duke Drone Lab, and then dive into her work in Antarctica with whales and penguins. She recently had a paper published from this work, which we talk about in the episode so the link below. Enjoy!  ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.  You can find Clara Bird on Twitter @clarabirdferrer.  Clara's recent paper about Adelie penguins and drones, titled "A Semi-Automated Method for Estimating Adélie Penguin Colony Abundance from a Fusion of Multispectral and Thermal Imagery Collected with Unoccupied Aircraft Systems": https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/12/22/3692.  Recorded on 18 October 2020.
01:00:46
December 17, 2020
#83 - Adriana Romero-Olivares: Soil Microbes
Today's storyteller is Dr Adriana Romero-Olivares. She is a microbial ecologist, a professor at New Mexico State University, and she studies microbes in soil! She studies how microbes in soil respond to climate change and how that impacts ecosystems. We talk about her career, her research projects, how volatile organic compounds (aka VOCs) impact microbes around them, and so much more. I need to apologize in advance because the audio on the episode is subpar and inadequate and does not do Adriana justice at all. I did my best to clean it up, but it's not perfect. So again I apologize and thank you for listening! Enjoy!   --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.   You can find Adriana Romero-Olivares on Twitter @fungi_lover https://twitter.com/fungi_lover and at her website https://www.fungiloverlab.com/.   Recorded on 6 September 2020. 
40:42
December 15, 2020
#82 - Antarctica Series 08: Jocelyn Argueta
Today's episode features Jocelyn Argueta! She's a science communicator, bench scientist, and performer. And she's here today to tell all about her time going to the South Pole Station with PolarTREC at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory! Jocelyn tells us all about her work in science communication as Jargie the Science Girl, her Tiny Ice Series about her time in Antarctica, and her plans for the future. We also talk about how she got into science and also into performing arts, and the link between the two. Enjoy!   ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM.   You can find Jocelyn Argueta on Twitter @TheScienceJ  and on Instagram @TheScienceJ and here: https://linktr.ee/thesciencej.   Jargie the Science Girl: https://phantomprojects.com/jargie/.   Check out the Tiny Ice series here in English and in Spanish.   You can find PolarTrec here: https://www.polartrec.com/.   IceCube Neutrino Observatory: https://icecube.wisc.edu/.  Recorded on 18 October 2020.
53:15
December 10, 2020
#81 - Catrin Rutland: Cardiovascular Science
Today's storyteller is Dr Catrin Rutland! She's a professor at the University of Nottingham in England and a cardiovascular scientist. That means she studies the heart in a variety of species. Catrin does a lot of amazing things including loads of science communication and engaging with students, writing scientific papers for kids, and writing both science fiction and nonfiction books and of course scientific papers! I had a lovely time talking to Catrin so enjoy!  --- You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Catrin Rutland on Twitter @CatrinRutland or her website https://catrinrutland.weebly.com/.  Frontiers for Young Minds journal: https://kids.frontiersin.org/.  Recorded on 20 September 2020.
01:03:03
December 08, 2020
#80 - Naina Runnoo: Imposter Syndrome
Naina Runnoo is a mechanical engineer from Mauritius and today we talk about imposter syndrome! Imposter syndrome is when a person doubts their abilities and achievements, and thinks they'll be caught as a fraud. It's something I think we all deal with at one point or another but it's also something that heavily impacts women in STEMM. Enjoy!  - - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Naina Runnoo on Twitter @NainaRunnoo.  Recorded on 13 September 2020.
40:20
December 06, 2020
#79 - Antarctica Series 07: Ryan Venturelli
Today's episode features Ryan Venturelli! She's just finishing up her PhD now at the University of South Florida and she's an isotope geochemist! She studies Antarctic subglacial lakes, which are lakes located between the ice and land layers. Her work focuses on understanding past movements of these glaciers and the cycling of the subglacial lakes. In this episode we talk lakes, isotopes, field work, and more so ENJOY!  ---  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Ryan Venturelli on Twitter @raventurelli  or her website https://rad-subglacial.github.io/.  Recorded on 16 October 2020.
45:21
December 03, 2020
#78 - Antarctica Series 06: Cassandra Brooks
Today's episode features Dr Cassandra Brooks! She's a professor at CU Boulder, and has a background full of Antarctica, marine science, policy, and marine protection. She's studied deep sea toothfishes in the Southern Ocean, was an integral part of the Last Ocean campaign, is science faculty for the Homeward Bound that I'm a member of, and also is a part of the CCAMLR program for Antarctica protections and we talk about all of this so enjoy! And Happy Antarctica Day 🇦🇶, which is today the 1st of December.  - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Cassandra Brooks on Twitter @cassandrafish or at her website http://www.cassandrabrooks.com/.  CCAMLR: https://www.ccamlr.org/en/organisation/home-page.  The Last Ocean campaign is finished but you can still watch the film, more info here: http://www.thelastoceanfilm.com/.  You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 10 November 2020.
50:50
December 01, 2020
#77 - Antarctica Series 05: Kerry Nickols
Today's episode features Dr Kerry Nickols! Kerry is a professor at Cal State University Northridge, working with marine ecosystems, kelp forests, and Marine Protected Areas. Today Kerry tells me about her first trip to Antarctica on an NSF project, Homeward Bound, about scuba diving and her experiences with the Our World Underwater program, about her love of the Pacific Ocean, and how she ended up as a scientist. Enjoy!   - - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Kerry Nickols on Twitter @kj_nickols and her website https://ecoocelab.weebly.com/.  Our World Underwater Scholarship: https://www.owuscholarship.org/about-us.  You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 15 October 2020.
49:28
November 24, 2020
#76 - Antarctica Series 04: Thomas Ronge
Dr Thomas Ronge is a marine geologist and a scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. His research focuses on understanding historical patterns of ocean currents and how they've changed, and how climate impacts oceans and glaciers. Today we cover a lot of ground, talking about things like - historical CO2 levels, the Antarctic circumpolar current, deep sea sediments, the R/V Polarstern - the institute's ice breaker ship they often use for polar research. Enjoy!  - - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. You can find Thomas Ronge on Twitter @RemoteLongitude or on his website www.thomasronge.wixsite.com/main.  Book List from this episode: The Swarm by Frank Schatzing. Alfred Wegener Institute: https://www.awi.de/en/ Recorded on 13 October 2020.
54:13
November 21, 2020
#75 - Antarctica Series 03: Alex Borowicz
Alex Borowicz is a PhD student at Stony Brook in New York, and he describes his research as where things are and why they're there. He studied Antarctic wildlife like Weddell seals, whales, and if course penguins. We talk research, how he first ended up in Antarctica, marine debris, tourism, and more! Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Alex Borowicz on Twitter @AlexAdelante https://twitter.com/alexadelante or his website www.alexborowicz.com. Recorded on 12 October 2020.
01:03:13
November 19, 2020
#74 - Team HB5: What Does Antarctica Mean To You? (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of Homeward Bound's 5th cohort - Team HB5 - answering the question "What does Antarctica mean to you?" Today we would have been on our voyage to Antarctica, and to mark the occasion we're doing a virtual voyage reflecting on our journey so far. You can follow us on all platforms using #HB5virtualvoyage. This episode features the following #TeamHB5 members: Carole Durussel, Rachel Villani, Judit Jimenez Sainz, Kristina Baltutis, Marga Lopez Rivas, Rebecca Wade, Roshni Sharma, Sharon Davis, Kathryn Michie-Lee, Natalie Barefoot, Paula Silva, Anna Colucci, Olivia Mendivil Ramos, Eleri Harris, and Kimberly Lawrence. - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can also find Team HB5 at www.homewardboundprojects.com.au/hb5virtualvoyage/. Recorded in October 2020.
35:49
November 17, 2020
#73 - Edauri Navarro Perez: Soil Science and a Conversation about Privilege
Edauri is a PhD student at Arizona State University studying soil biogeochemistry. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, and we start by talking about her career path. She did a variety of undergraduate research positions, in a variety of places, which we talk about. We talk about her career but we also delve into a conversation about privilege and climate justice. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Edauri Navarro Perez on Twitter @edauri1 https://twitter.com/edauri1 and at www.eda-np.com. Recorded on 12 September 2020.
01:33:52
November 16, 2020
#72 - Antarctica Series 02: Sabrina Heiser
This is Episode 2 of the Antarctica series and today's storyteller is Sabrina Heiser! She's a PhD student at University of Alabama Birmingham and she studies Antarctic seaweeds. We talk about her love of diving and seaweeds, all about her research, about her time living in Antarctica, and I ask a lot of ridiculous questions. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Sabrina Heiser on Twitter @SabrinaHeiser https://twitter.com/SabrinaHeiser. Recorded on 12 October 2020.
39:57
November 14, 2020
#71 - Antarctica Series 01: Megan McCuller
This is the first episode in the Antarctica series! Today's storyteller is Megan McCuller and she's a bryozoan expert. We talked just before they left port for their research trip to Antarctica! She talks about her background, about bryozoans, the work they are doing on this trip, and what she expects from the experience. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Megan McCuller on Twitter at @mccullermi https://twitter.com/mccullermi and learn about the #IcyInverts team at www.icyinverts.com. Recorded on 7 October 2020.
39:44
November 12, 2020
#70 - Team HB5: What Does Antarctica Mean To You? (Part 1)
This is Part 1 of Homeward Bound's 5th cohort - Team HB5 - answering the question "What does Antarctica mean to you?" Today is the beginning of a very special voyage, albeit a virtual one, as we in Team HB5 were due to embark on our voyage to Antarctica today. To mark the occasion, we're doing a virtual voyage consisting of podcast episodes like this one, social media posts, and more exploring and reflecting on our journey thus far. This episode features the following Team HB5 members: Charlotte Francesiaz, Philista Malaki, Xi (Sisi) Hu, Bernie-Anne Freeman, Laurie Lapat-Polasko, Ellen Anderson, Jodi Salmond, Sara Ritzie, Helen O'Connor, Linda Thompson, Tamantha Stutchbury, and Anna Madlener. - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can also find Team HB5 at www.homewardboundprojects.com.au/hb5virtualvoyage/. Recorded in October 2020.
28:14
November 10, 2020
#69 - Field Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you've been listening over the last 10 months, you know I do a lot of field work. Like, a whole lot. And the field work load is actually why it took me so long to put this episode together! But things get real wonky this year and extra stressful with the COVID-19 pandemic. During many of our long drives I got to thinking how everyone else was handling field work during this, if they were doing field work at all, how they did it safely, and all of that. So we'll hear from 2 storytellers - Amanda Kemp and Greg Lawrence - about the challenges and solutions for their field research during this pandemic. Then I've got my own rambling story on the end. You can hear more from Amanda Kemp in Episode 56 and more from Greg Lawrence in Episode 60. - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Conversations with Amanda and Greg were recorded in August 2020.
54:18
November 09, 2020
#68 - Meghan Holst: Sharks and Octopuses
Meghan Holst is a PhD student who also works at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, and she works with sharks and octopuses! Mainly the broadnose sevengill shark and the giant pacific octopus, which she tells us all about. We talk about aquariums, research, her education, and everything in between. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Meghan Holst on Twitter @MegHolst https://twitter.com/MegHolst. Recorded on 6 September 2020.
01:03:02
November 05, 2020
#67 - Queer Science! with Bri & R
Today's episode features Bri and R - the hosts of the podcast Queer Science! We talk about their undergraduate experiences at NC State, why they started the podcast, and have really good conversation about science, society, and queerness - which is also what their podcast is about!!  - - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook for more info!  You can find the Queer Science podcast on Twitter at @queer_science or on their website www.queerscience.show, and their episodes wherever you get your podcasts!  Recorded on 13 September 2020.
54:52
October 29, 2020
#66 - Erin Herbez: Journey in Wildlife
Erin Herbez and I talk about a range of things today - our time as wildlife master's students at LSU together, how she became interested in birds, the field jobs and work she did before going to graduate school, and about her current job now with the ParkLands Foundation, a nonprofit land trust in Illinois. This conversation was an opportunity to ask Erin the questions I never thought to ask her and to discuss our different experiences in this field. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 29 August 2020.
50:55
October 27, 2020
#65 - Sarah Fritts: Bats and Wildlife Research
Dr Sarah Fritts is a wildlife professor at Texas State and she studies all kinds of wildlife, including bats which I ask entirely too many questions about! Her research tends to focus on spatial and temporal questions, across a wide variety of species. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Dr Sarah Fritts at www.sarahfritts.wordpress.com. Recorded on 4 September 2020.
54:48
October 22, 2020
#64 - Susan Caldis: Geography Education in Australia
Susan Caldis is here today to talk all things geography! We talk about how to teach geography in schools, why that's important, and what still needs to be done. We also discuss why geography is part of STEMM and about the big education push in Australia to teach it as such. She's also a 2020 STEM Ambassador! Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Susan Caldis on Twitter @SusanCaldis. Recorded on 19 September 2020.
01:00:03
October 20, 2020
#63 - Dani Nembhard: Journey in STEMM
Dani tells her STEMM story - what drew her to her field, the path she took, and her experiences along the way. We also have an in depth conversation about those experiences with things like mentoring (or lack thereof), biases, and extra hurdles. We also discuss what I call "intangibles" like empathy, growth, perfectionism, and listening - skills that are vitally important but that don't really have a spot on a resume. This is a great conversation and I loved hearing Dani's story so enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Dani Nembhard on Twitter @DaniNembhard. Recorded on 23 August 2020.
47:54
October 14, 2020
#62 - Rudy Simoneaux: Engineering for Coastal Restoration
Rudy Simoneaux is a civil engineer who works for Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Today we talk about why he chose engineering, about how they engineer coastal restoration projects, about the upcoming Mississippi River sediment diversions, and about the Lower Mississippi River Model! Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/  for more info! You can find Rudy Simoneaux on Twitter at @rudysiii, and by email at Rudy.Simoneaux@la.gov. Recorded on 28 August 2020.
55:57
October 08, 2020
#61 - Ashley Booth: Gulf Coast Wetlands
Ashley Booth is a PhD student at Louisiana State University and she studies coastal wetlands along the Gulf Coast. Today we talk about her research, the tools of the trade, airboats, field work, and science communication. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Ashley Booth on Twitter @ashleyribooth. Recorded on 5 September 2020.
01:05:05
October 07, 2020
#60 - Greg Lawrence: Great Lakes Wetlands
Greg Lawrence is with SUNY Brockport and works on the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Program. We talk all things wetlands, about the similarities and differences of our work in wetlands monitoring (him in the Great Lakes, me in Louisiana), and we also nerd out about birds! I had a lot of fun talking to Greg and this is an enjoyable conversation! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Greg Lawrence on Twitter @gregdoesscience. Recorded on 28 August 2020.
01:17:55
October 06, 2020
#59 - Alex Troutman: Wetlands and Wildlife
Today's storyteller is Alex Troutman, and he's a wetland ecology graduate student at Georgia Southern University. He's studying wetlands and seaside sparrows now, and tells us about that plus he's past experiences with sea turtles and bats! This episode also kicks off wetlands week, so stay tuned for more wetlands episodes this week! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/  for more info! You can find Alex Troutman on Twitter @n8ture_al! Recorded on 30 August 2020.
52:55
October 05, 2020
#58 - Eric Ducote: Hospital Operations during COVID-19
Eric Ducote is a project manager who works at a hospital in Tennessee. During this COVID-19 pandemic he's been working on projects to keep the medical part of the hospital up and running, including creating a PPE decontamination system, a COVID-19 triage location, and more. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 23 August 2020.
01:00:14
October 01, 2020
#57 - Sam Sharpe: Biology and Gender
Sam Sharpe is a graduate student at Kansas State working with plants, and today we talk about that but we also talk primarily about biology, gender, and the ways we can better teach these topics within existing biology courses. And we also talk about many examples of the fluidity of biological sex and what that can mean for different organisms - like for example there are species that change from male to female within their lifetime! There's much more in this episode and you'll hear it all from Sam, so enjoy! Also I learned so much from Sam, and I am really appreciative of them and of this conversation. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 22 August 2020.
51:34
September 29, 2020
#56 - Amanda Kemp: Colima Warblers
Amanda Kemp is a graduate student at Sul Ross State University in Alpine Texas, and she's studying Colima Warblers! They're a wood warbler, they breed in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park in Texas, and winter in Mexico, and very little is known about them beyond that. We talk all things Colima Warblers, anthropogenic effects on wildlife, and a bit about field work. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and  Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 21 August 2020.
44:31
September 24, 2020
#55 - Humera Iqbal: Farming in Pakistan
Humera Iqbal is from Pakistan and she manages dairy beef and small ruminant projects supported by ACIAR. The goal is to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers and to help uplift the farm advisory system. She leads the SheLeadsVet initiative for sustainable farming development. Humera also is promoting her vision on climate change through collaboration and by helping smallholder farmers in smart livestock farming. Enjoy!! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Humera on Twitter @humera41. Recorded on 8 August 2020.
48:31
September 22, 2020
#54 - Gregor Steele: STEM in Scotland
Gregor Steele is a physicist who was also a teacher, and now he works with SSERC, a Scottish not for profit organization helping support STEM education across Scotland. Gregor and I talk about physics, his work with SSERC, our role models, STEM education in Scotland, cool at home experiments, and so much more. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! SSERC can be found here: https://www.sserc.org.uk/. Recorded on 19 July 2020.
01:05:14
September 18, 2020
#53 - Jen Martin: Science Communication
Dr Jen Martin is a field ecologist turned science communication extraordinaire, and she leads the University of Melbourne's Science Communication Program (also known as UniMelbSciComm). Dr Jen is also on 3RRR radio station in Melbourne, talking and communicating science. I very much enjoyed talking science communication with Jen and hope you enjoy listening! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can find Dr Jen Martin on Twitter @scidocmartin. Recorded on 18 July 2020 .
01:10:44
September 15, 2020
#52 - Carole Durussel: Marine Policy and Ocean Governance
Dr Carole Durussel tells the story of her work in marine policy and governance, and what got her interested in the marine world in the first place! We talk about the importance of the ocean, languages, science, the complexities of managing a large worldwide system, and really so much more. It's a fascinating story, so enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! You can also find Carole Durussel on Twitter @caroledurussel. Recorded on 5 July 2020.
01:22:01
September 11, 2020
#51 - Aparna Lal: Diversity
Dr Aparna Lal is a public health researcher with a background in wildlife and zoology. Today though we focus less on your research and more on diversity, in a lot of ways - language, knowledge, perceptions, ecology, and more. It's a wide ranging conversation but diversity is the central theme. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 4 July 2020.
01:20:28
September 08, 2020
#50 - Ellen Anderson: Medical Device Research
Ellen Anderson is a medical device researcher focused on diabetes glucose monitoring devices. Today she talks about her work in this field, her career path, and we chat about our Homeward Bound experience so far. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 14 June 2020.
55:24
September 03, 2020
#49 - Sarah Pitell: Opportunistic Pathogens
Sarah Pitell is studying opportunistic pathogens for her PhD research at the University of Pittsburgh. Opportunistic pathogens are what they seem - pathogens that take advantage of an immune system that's compromised in some way. In her work, they study exposure to these pathogens in drinking water and in household showers. Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 28 June 2020.
50:46
September 01, 2020
#48 - Brett Lato: Fitness Technology
Brett Lato is a former physical education teacher, a current kickball fanatic, and the Manager of Training & Education at Polar! Today we talk all about fitness technology! We discuss application and devices, evolution and the future of fitness tech, and also about boundaries, coaching, performance, and everything in between. Enjoy!  - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/ for more info! Recorded on 7 June 2020.
58:42
August 26, 2020
#47 - Courtney Quirin: Wildlife Biology to Documentary Filmmaking
Courtney is a wildlife biologist turned documentary film maker, which is a great combination because her background in wildlife helps inform her environmental documentaries. She tells all about her career path, making documentaries, and what's up next for her. I encourage you to check out her short length film The Georgia Girl and her full length film GUARDIAN. Both films focus on fisheries but in reality there's so much more going on because nature and humans are rarely simple. I hope you enjoy this episode and check out her films!  - - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  or Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook for more info!  You can find Courtney Quirin on Twitter @caquirin and her website www.courtneyquirin.com.  GUARDIAN: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/guardian Episode recorded on 13 June 2020.
01:29:59
August 19, 2020
#46 - Dyan deNapoli: The Penguin Lady
Dyan deNapoli is The Penguin Lady and in this episode we talk all things penguin! First we talk about her involvement in rescuing 40,000 African penguins after a massive oil spill in 2000, about her book The Great Penguin Rescue about that experience, about her path to becoming The Penguin Lady, and about the status of penguin populations worldwide. All things penguin! Enjoy! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/, and Dyan deNapoli at www.thepenguinlady.com for more info! Recorded on 25 July 2020 🐧
01:07:51
August 12, 2020
#45 - Jason World Turner: Career as a Medic in the US Army
Jason World Turner tells the story of how and why he became a medic in the military, about his strong drive to help others, and what he plans to do in the future. His story is also an example of how a story can seem similar on the surface (like with his wife's story in Episode 5) but how the path and experience can be vastly different because STEMM is so broad and varied. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 21 May 2020.
50:23
August 05, 2020
#44 - Luis Santiago-Rosario: Sodium and Butterflies
Luis Santiago-Rosario is an evolutionary ecology PhD student from Puerto Rico and he studies salt! His main focus is on butterflies and sunflowers and sodium transport, and we talk about all of that. I learned a lot from Luis and I definitely look at the world around me differently after this conversation so I'm sure you will too! - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress  https://twitter.com/flyingcypress, Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM/  for more info! You can find Luis on Twitter www.twitter.com/saltyecoevo and at his website: https://luissantiagoros8.wixsite.com/thesaltyscientist. Recorded on 17 May 2020.
56:06
July 29, 2020
#43 - Kim Warner: Single Use Plastics and Plastic Pollution with Oceana
Dr Kim Warner is a marine scientist who has been working for Oceana for the last 16 years. Her most recent work involves plastic pollution - how plastic enters the environment, what happens to it then, how that impacts the system. And on top of that, they are also looking for ways to reduce plastic production in the first place, and we talk about what we all can do to help. It's also Plastic Free July, so we talk about that as well. Enjoy & say no to single use plastics! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 24 July 2020.
50:33
July 27, 2020
#42 - Gina Kent: Swallow-tailed Kite Research with ARCI
Gina Kent is a biologist with the Avian Research and Conservation Institute, based in Gainesville, Florida. ARCI is known for their Swallow-tailed Kite (aka STKI) research, but also study other species such as Reddish Egrets and Black Rails, which you'll hear about in this episode. Swallow-tailed Kites are not so secretly my absolute favorite species and this conversation with Gina all about STKI is really a highlight for me in my podcast series so far. Enjoy!! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 17 July 2020.
01:02:10
July 24, 2020
#41 - Colleen Fitzpatrick: Working in a COVID-19 Unit in New York City
Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick is a pediatric surgeon who had the opportunity to go work in a COVID-19 unit in New York. This episode was recorded on 14 May 2020, as she wrapped up her time there. Colleen talks about that experience, and the conversation also branches into how she got interested in medicine originally and how she landed in pediatric surgery. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 14 May 2020.
55:43
July 22, 2020
#40 - Dave Nussbaum: Meteorology
Dave Nussbaum is a meteorologist in New Orleans who primarily does forecasting for a local TV station. But there's so much more to meteorology behind the scenes of what you see on the news! Dave tells us all about the different kinds of meteorology, the data meteorologists use, the amazing technology in use, satellites, and so much more. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 6 May 2020.
01:16:35
July 17, 2020
#39 - Jiena McLellan: Turning Coffee Into Code
Jiena McLellan is a software developer in Atlanta and she tells the story of how silkworms inspired her pursue biology, which led her to software development! We also talk about statistics, active learning, relating to your audience, and communicating across expertises. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 2 May 2020.
58:60
July 15, 2020
#38 - Sarah Sihvonen: Atmospheric and Agricultural Chemistry
Dr Sarah Sihvonen tells the story of what drew her to chemistry, the research she's did in atmospheric chemistry during her PhD, and her current work in agricultural chemistry. Chemistry has a lot of real world applications as you'll hear in this episode! Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 26 April 2020.
01:19:17
July 09, 2020
#37 - Shelley Smith: Outdoor Learning
Shelley Smith is a teacher who runs an outdoor learning school called Little Learners Outdoors and she talks today all about outdoor learning - why it matters, how it works, how it helps kids learn and develop, and more. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 24 April 2020.
55:14
July 03, 2020
#36 - Kellyn LaCour-Conant: Restoration
Kellyn talks all about restoration - of self, family, the environment, and the intersection of all the above. She's one of those people who is just so insightful and full of wisdom, and she has some really great perspectives. We also talk about wetlands, books, and life during the pandemic. - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 24 April 2020.
01:25:22
July 01, 2020
#35 - Michele Finn: Life in NOAA Corps and Career Transitions (v2)
Michele tells the story of her career with NOAA Corps, and how she transitioned assignments while at NOAA and in her career after NOAA. We talk about cool science, hurricanes, ships, planes, field work, and a lot of things in between. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 23 April 2020. V2
01:22:14
June 24, 2020
#34 - Kelsie Clarke: Engineers Without Borders
Kelsie is a civil engineer based in Western Australia and she tells us all about the organization Engineers Without Borders! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 11 April 2020.
53:21
June 19, 2020
#33 - Zachary Trohoske: Communications and Sports Technology
Zack and I talk about all the different kinds of technology that he uses for his work in communications and telephony. And since we are both avid sports fans it evolves into a discussion of sports technology as well. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 26 April 2020. 
01:16:39
June 17, 2020
#32 - Juita Martinez: Brown Pelicans and Barrier Island Restoration
The alternate title for this episode is "Birds Are Awesome & Don't Be A Dick", which will make sense when you listen to this conversation! Today's storyteller is Juita Martinez, a PhD student in Louisiana studying brown pelicans. We talk about her research (and #dinosaurfloofs), coastal restoration, love of birds, Black Birders Week, and so much more. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 6 June 2020.
50:54
June 12, 2020
#31 - Katie Barnes: Coastal Stewardship and Beach Nesting Birds
Katie Barnes is the Coastal Stewardship Manager for Audubon Louisiana, and they do a ton of research with beach nesting birds in South Louisiana. We talk about the main 3 species - Least Terns, Wilson's Plovers, and Common Nighthawks. Barrier islands and beaches in Louisiana are important habitat for these birds and Katie tells us about that and stories about their research. This conversation is what happens when you get bird people together to talk - we gush about birds, the silly things they do, the cool science, and we ponder what birds do and where they go when we don't see them. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 9 April 2020.
01:13:23
June 10, 2020
#30 - Close Encounters of the Bear Kind
In this episode I tell stories about bears with my adventure partner Amanda Fandal. Bears are awesome, and I relate the stories back to the ecology of the species. Ecology is a science, and I explain about black bears and grizzly bears, the two species we encountered in our adventures. These stories are funny because of the way we tell them and because they turned out okay, but I want to stress that it's important to be bear aware and smart, give space for wildlife, and be safe in bear country! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info!
01:06:11
June 05, 2020
#29 - Brittany Hebert: Mental Health and Counseling
Brittany Hebert is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Baton Rouge, LA. We talk today about her career as a counselor, and her focus on helping younger kids and teens. Mental health is a topic we as people sometimes avoid but it's a vital part of our overall health. The more we talk about the uncomfortable things like mental health struggles, the more we can reduce the stigma surrounding it and ensure that nobody feels alone. - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 7 April 2020.
53:36
June 03, 2020
#28 - Global Wildlife Support
This episode features 3 storytellers from the organization Global Wildlife Support - Gabe Ligon, Tanya Jones, and Bailey Murry. Together they tell the story of how they put this wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization together, the wildlife work they've done so far, leadership needs in times of disaster, and their plans for the future. Enjoy!
01:00:13
May 29, 2020
#27 - Craig Miller: Human Perceptions of Wildlife Diseases
Dr Craig Miller is a long time friend of mine and his research into human dimensions of natural resources is fascinating to me. In particular today we talked about perceptions about wildlife diseases, particularly Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Lyme Disease, and how people perceive their risk in relation to such diseases. - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 1 April 2020.
01:15:18
May 27, 2020
#26 - Ingrid Albion: Tasmanian Legacy Programs
Ingrid Albion is a biologist in Tasmania who has done all kinds of brilliant works with legacy programs. She's worked with whale rescues, in saving the Tasmanian Devil, and created Tasmania Climate Change Stories - which collects stories from people in Tasmania and beyond. I was completely blown away by her story and so inspired and I think you will be too!! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 27 March 2020.
01:15:03
May 22, 2020
#25 - Amita Roy: Medicine, Travel, and Homeward Bound
Amita Roy is a general practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, and she tells the story of how she became a doctor and what inspired her to take that path. We also talk about our love of travel, which is related to Amita's career story, and end the episode talking about our experiences as part of Homeward Bound! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 27 March 2020.
49:47
May 20, 2020
#24 - Jinna Larkin: Geography and Wildlife
Jinna is a data coordinator in Nevada and a GIS guru as far as I'm concerned. We talk about her nontraditional background and path into wildlife conservation, why GIS and maps are awesome, and a whole bunch of other things. We talked for over 2 hours so I had to pare it down a bit (sorry Jinna!!) but I really enjoyed this and I hope you do too. - - Check out Twitter for more info - Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress): https://twitter.com/flyingcypress or Storytellers of STEMM at www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. Recorded on 25 March 2020.
01:29:11
May 15, 2020
#23 - Miranda Kilgore & Daniel Eiland - The STEM and Robotics Center at Denham Springs High School
Miranda and Daniel are teachers at Denham Springs High School, and they tell us all about the STEM and Robotics Center at their school. The program is new and really innovative, and the robotics team is awesome! - - Check out Twitter for more info - Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM. Recorded on 24 March 2020.
49:24
May 13, 2020
#22 - Melissa Cuevas: Scoliosis Research and Zebrafish
Melissa tells the story of how she got into research science and all about the work she does as a bench scientist studying scoliosis. Did you know zebrafish are important to scoliosis research? You're about to, enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 23 March 2020.
52:44
May 08, 2020
#21 - Eleri Harris: All About Homeward Bound
Eleri Harris is a glaciologist, from Wales who is currently living in Vancouver. She and I are both members of Homeward Bound Cohort 5 (aka HB5), and we talk about the program, how we see ourselves as women in STEMM, and discuss the ins and outs of our experience with HB so far.  - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 18 March 2020.
01:09:20
May 06, 2020
#20 - Kourtney Pitre: Cardiac Sonography
Kourtney Pitre is a cardiac sonographer in Colorado, and today she's sharing the story of how she got into this field, why she likes it, and explains all about ultrasounds. - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 15 March 2020.
51:40
April 29, 2020
#19 - Emily Smith: Oceanography Programs
Dr Emily Smith is a program manager working with NOAA to manage long-term oceanography programs, like Argo. We'll hear about these programs, what a program manager actually does, and also the lagniappe story about how she achieved her goals and got to where she is today. Enjoy and Happy Earth Week! 🌎 - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 22 March 2020.
50:21
April 24, 2020
#18 - Jodi Salmond: Science Around the World
Jodi Salmond tells her story of working for Reef Check Australia, doing interesting citizen science all over the world, getting people interested and educated about coral reefs, and work she's done in Mozambique and at Christmas Island. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 14 March 2020.
01:00:30
April 22, 2020
#17 - Hilary Glenn Bertoniere: Fisheries, Friendship, and Science
Hilary is a salmon fisheries biologist in California, and has worked all over the world. She tells the story of how she got into fisheries to begin with, about being a fisheries observer in Alaska, studying red snapper at LSU, and moving back to her home state of California to work on endangered salmon restoration. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 14 March 2020.
59:30
April 20, 2020
#16 - Blake Grisham: A Story of Friendship and Science
Dr Blake Grisham is a wildlife professor at Texas Tech and one of my closest friends. Together we tell the story of our friendship across states, universities, science, and national parks. Plus a bonus conversation about the value of friendship! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 8 March 2020.
01:18:00
April 15, 2020
#15 - Alice Lenthe: From Engineering to Safety and the Value of Learning
Alice is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and she's here to tell the story about her background in engineering and how she got into the safety world. Safety is very important, especially in hazardous environments (like field work or with big equipment), and we both find it super important. Enjoy this conversation! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 1 March 2020.
48:58
April 10, 2020
#14 - Anna Madlener: Underwater Robotics and Gender in STEMM
Anna tells the story of how she got interested in ocean robotics and what inspired her to go that route. We also have an in depth conversation about being a woman in STEMM and our different perspectives and perceptions that come with that and it's a really good conversation and I learned a lot from Anna. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 26 February 2020.
01:23:32
April 08, 2020
#13 - Roshni Sharma: The Path Taken To The World of Spatial
Roshni is a spatial scientist in Sydney using location technology (GPS and GIS) which is a really powerful set of tools used around the world to further science and research. She tells us all about that and the work she's doing, and how she got to be a spatial scientist! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 24 February 2020.
51:46
April 03, 2020
#12 - Rebecca Wade: Interdisciplinary Research of Geography and People
Dr Rebecca Wade is on the podcast today to talk about her work bringing together interdisciplinary teams that work to understand human/landscape interactions. We also talk about river dynamics and restoration, land management, and lots more in this wide ranging conversation. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 22 February 2020.
01:00:26
April 01, 2020
#11 - Julianna Kadar: How Sharks Spend Their Time
Julianna Kadar is in Sydney, Australia, and she works with Port Jackson sharks and how they spend their time. I learned so much about sharks - how they rest, feed, migrate, and so much more. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 16 February 2020.
01:21:27
March 25, 2020
#10 - Marji Puotinen: Coral Reefs, Cyclones, and Climate Change
Dr Marji Puotinen tells the story of coral reefs, cyclones, and climate change, and of how its all interconnected and related. She also tells us about her educational outreach program about coral reefs, which is awesome!  - - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info!  You can find Marji Puotinen on Twitter @marji_puotinen. You can find Homeward Bound at their website https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/, on Twitter @homewardbound16, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects. Recorded on 16 February 2020.
57:47
March 20, 2020
#9 - Laura Scott: Science is a Rollercoaster and Working at Rocky Mountain National Park
Laura tells us about her epidemiology research studying soil and water bacteria at Rocky Mountain National Park and the story of how science can go horribly wrong. You'll have to listen to hear what happened and how it ends! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 10 February 2020.
41:56
March 18, 2020
#8 - Tim Spruill: The STEAM Club at Woodlawn High School
Tim is a physics teacher in Baton Rouge and we talk about their STEAM club, mentoring, accessibility in science, and what students need to succeed. - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 08 February 2020.
47:46
March 11, 2020
#7 - Sarah Youngren: Being a Seabird Biologist on Remote Islands and The Value of Art
Sarah is a seabird biologist who has worked all over doing really cool seabird research and making amazing artwork. Sarah's story is about developing a love of seabirds, doing field work on remote islands, and how science informs her art!  - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info!  You can find Sarah Youngren on her linktree: https://linktr.ee/syoungre Recorded on 08 February 2020.
37:14
March 04, 2020
#6 - Lauren Morris: Career Path with Coastal Resiliency and SeaGrant
Dr Lauren Morris tells her story about growing up in Maryland, how she ended up at LSU, her research in resiliency, her time with SeaGrant, and all the wonderful work she has done! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 06 February 2020.
53:07
March 02, 2020
#5 - Carolyn World Turner: A Medic in the US Army
Carolyn is one of my very best and closest friends and she's here to tell her story from high school, to being a medic in the Army, and where she's going from here and how family impacted her decisions. Enjoy! - - Check out Twitter at Rachel Villani (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info! Recorded on 05 February 2020.
32:10
February 26, 2020
#4 - Julia Derk & Russell Ledet: Clear Direction Mentoring
Dr Julia Derk & Dr Russell Ledet are here today to talk about their time together at NYU starting and running Clear Direction Mentoring. We'll also hear about their plans for the program and for their futures individually.  - - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info!  You can find Julia Derk on Twitter @DerktasticJulia and her website  www.drjuliaderk.com. You can find Russell Ledet at www.the15whitecoats.org. Clear Direction Mentoring: https://www.cleardirectionmentoring.com/ Recorded on 04 February 2020.
01:10:05
February 19, 2020
#3 - Courtney Saari: Studying Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico
Courtney Saari is here today to tell us about her master's research studying red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, which was unique in that it was done collaboratively with multiple projects and students running research simultaneously answering different questions. Plus we have a tangent on mentoring!  - - -  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. Recorded on 3 February 2020.
43:24
February 16, 2020
#2 - Ritika Prasai: On Being an International Student in the US
Ritika is a student from Nepal studying natural resources and she's going to tell us about her journey, research, the challenges of studying internationally, and her dreams.  - --  You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter (@flyingcypress) or on Facebook at Storytellers of STEMM for more info!  You can find Ritika Prasai on Twitter @PraisaiRitika.  Recorded on 2 February 2020.
33:48
February 05, 2020
#1 - Rachel Villani: How I Became a Field Biologist
This idea has hatched to share the stories of the people behind the wide range of STEMM fields, and this is the first episode! It seems only right to start off by sharing one of my stories, so in this episode I interview myself and tell the story of how I became a field biologist. I recorded this sitting at my kitchen table, and it was my first attempt at podcasting, but enjoy anyway and come back for more stories!! - - - You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/storytellersofSTEMM. Recorded in January 2020.
25:47
January 30, 2020