31 episodes

Sciographies introduces listeners to scientists at Dalhousie University. Each episode explores events in our guest’s life that left an impression powerful enough to lead them to their career in science. Guests will also talk about their research and provide thought-provoking commentary on topics like climate change, cannabis research, endangered species and more.

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Sciographies introduces listeners to scientists at Dalhousie University. Each episode explores events in our guest’s life that left an impression powerful enough to lead them to their career in science. Guests will also talk about their research and provide thought-provoking commentary on topics like climate change, cannabis research, endangered species and more.

    Sciographies – Episode 28 – Katja Fennel, Oceanographer

    Sciographies – Episode 28 – Katja Fennel, Oceanographer

    In this episode, we talk to Dr. Katja Fennel. She’s an oceanographer, Killam Professor, and chair of the Oceanography department here at Dal. 







    Dr. Fennel’s research involves the development of physical-biogeochemical models, which are tools that can help us better understand and predict the state of the ocean as the climate changes. Dr. Fennel uses her education in mathematics to build these extremely complex predictive models with her team. They’re currently contributing to the biogeochemical expansion of the global Argo platform, BGC-Argo, and anticipate launching 40 autonomous vehicles in the coming years to collect the comprehensive data needed to inform these models. 







    This episode covers Dr. Fennel’s experience growing up behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, her path to oceanography, and the challenges involved in modelling dynamic ocean environments. 















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 29 min
    Sciographies – Episode 27 – Sherry Stewart, Clinical Psychologist

    Sciographies – Episode 27 – Sherry Stewart, Clinical Psychologist

    In this episode, we talk to Dr. Sherry Stewart. She’s a clinical psychologist, Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.







    Dr. Stewart is known for her research on the individual psychological factors and personality traits that drive a person’s alcohol abuse, other substance misuse, or problem gambling behaviour. She develops clinical interventions based on her findings so that clinicians can help their patients prevent and treat these widespread challenges. 







    UniVenture [univentureproject.org], a current study, looks at how one of Dr. Stewart’s previously established prevention programs can be adapted to improve mental wellness and reduce distress, excessive risk taking, and negative consequences of substance use among university students across Canada. 







    In this week’s episode of Sciographies, host David Barclay sits down with Dr. Stewart to discuss her path to a career in psychology and her research studies that inform real-world clinical practices.















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 29 min
    Sciographies – Episode 26 – Dozie Okoye, Economist

    Sciographies – Episode 26 – Dozie Okoye, Economist

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Dozie Okoye, an economist who studies human capital and economic development, with a particular focus on the African continent.







    He’s from Nigeria himself, but came to Canada for university and has been living here ever since. His desire to stay connected to his roots in Nigeria has shaped his entire research program to date. His research is interdisciplinary, involving collaboration with other academics specializing in geography, history, political science, and sociology.







    This episode covers Dr. Okoye’s childhood in Nigeria and move to Canada, his path to a career in economics, and how his current research examines what motivates educational demand in different parts of Nigeria.















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 28 min
    Sciographies – Episode 25 – Melanie Massey, Biologist

    Sciographies – Episode 25 – Melanie Massey, Biologist

    In this episode we interview Melanie Massey, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology.   







    Her research looks at how temperatures influence organisms. Particularly, the cascading effects that some organisms experience when they’re subject to temperature fluctuations in early life stages.  







    She also dedicates her spare time to engaging BIPOC youth in science outreach and education through an organization she co-foundedwith another BIPOC PhD student. Their organization is called Diversity of Nature.







    This episode covers Melanie’s experience growing up in Toronto’s East Chinatown, how she’s combined her love of art with her passion for science, and removing barriers to make science more inclusive. 















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 30 min
    Sciographies – Episode 24 – Boris Worm, Marine Ecologist

    Sciographies – Episode 24 – Boris Worm, Marine Ecologist

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Boris Worm. He’s a marine ecologist in the Department of Biology with a focus on biodiversity and conservation research. Dr. Worm is also the Ocean Literacy Ambassador with the Ocean Frontier Institute and the Founder and Scientific Director of Ocean School.







    Our local listeners may recognize him from his biweekly CBC Mainstreet segment as CBC’s ‘Oceans Guy.’ Listeners further afield may have seen one of his many appearances as a subject matter expert in popular documentaries like Sharkwater and Racing Extinction.







    This episode covers Dr. Worm’s beginnings in Germany, his path to conservation biology and solution-focused research in the era of climate change, and the importance of communicating science.















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 29 min
    Sciographies – Episode 23 – Rachel Chang, Atmospheric Scientist

    Sciographies – Episode 23 – Rachel Chang, Atmospheric Scientist

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Rachel Chang. She’s an atmospheric scientist with the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science.







    Dr. Chang uses her background in engineering and chemistry to study aerosols in the air — where they come from, how they change and move around, and how they impact both current weather conditions and longer-term climate change.







    This episode covers Dr. Chang’s path self-described “non-linear” path to atmospheric science, her family-focused upbringing in Scarborough, and how she uses our foggy weather here in Nova Scotia to do some of her research.















    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • 29 min

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I don’t come from a science background, but I’ve really enjoyed this podcast. Lots of information in easy to absorb bites, great work!

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