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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 and new episodes come out every Wednesday!

Storytellers of STEMM Rachel Villani

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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 and new episodes come out every Wednesday!

    #94 - Antarctica Series 14: Mandy Frazier

    #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.

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    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #93 - Gary Trubl: Soil Microbes & Viral Ecology

    #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!

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    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.

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    “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.”

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #92 - Antarctica Series 13: Michelle Taylor

    #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!

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    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 min
    #91 - Alejandra Enriquez: Marine Bacteria & Experiences in STEMM

    #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! 

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    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 min
    #90 - Antarctica Series 12: Falk Huettmann

    #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!

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    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.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #89 - Charlotte Birkmanis: Oceanic Sharks

    #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!

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    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 min

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