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Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? Do you want to know more about the people behind all the science news that’s out there? Well now you can! In this podcast, I’ll sit down with a different scientist each episode and ask them all of your questions and questions written by students at elementary and middle schools throughout the country!

Ask a Scientist Victoria Crystal

    • Education

Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? Do you want to know more about the people behind all the science news that’s out there? Well now you can! In this podcast, I’ll sit down with a different scientist each episode and ask them all of your questions and questions written by students at elementary and middle schools throughout the country!

    Alyssa DeRubeis - Birds

    Alyssa DeRubeis - Birds

    Have you ever wanted to know more about birds? In this episode, Alyssa DeRubeis talks about her Master's research at the University of Arkansas studying grassland birds in North America. She talks to us all about birds and what we can do to help birds. She answers all of your questions about birds, including "why do some birds fly south in the winter, while others don't?" "how is climate change affecting birds?" and "do all birds lay eggs?" She even gives some great advice about bird feeders and demonstrates some bird calls! 



    Bobwhite quail -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_bobwhite

    California condor - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_condor

    Giant ibis - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_ibis

    Henslow’s sparrow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henslow%27s_sparrow

    Grasshopper sparrows - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper_sparrow

    LaCante sparrows - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeConte%27s_sparrow

    Red-winged blackbird - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-winged_blackbird

    Bobolink - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobolink

    Eastern meadowlark - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_meadowlark

    Eastern bluebird - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_bluebird

    American kestrel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_kestrel

    Painted bunting - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_bunting

    Scissor-tailed flycatcher - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scissor-tailed_flycatcher

    Snowy owl - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_owl

    Great gray owl - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_grey_owl

    Jabiru stork - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabiru

    Dicksissel - https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickcissel

    Hoatzin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoatzin

    American redstart - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_redstart

    Inaccessible island rail - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inaccessible_Island_rail

    Bearded vulture - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_vulture

    Hook-billed kite - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook-billed_kite

    Golden eagle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_eagle

    Canada jay - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_jay

    Cliff swallow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_swallow

    Warbler - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warbler

    www.ebird.org


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    Dr. Jeff Coughlin - Life on Other Planets

    Dr. Jeff Coughlin - Life on Other Planets

    Do you ever wonder if there is life on other planets? Do you love Sci Fi movies about extra terrestrials? In this episode, Dr. Jeff Coughlin, of the SETI Institute and Kepler Mission at NASA, talks to us about exoplanets and the search for life on other planets. He will answer all of your questions about exoplanets, including, "what is an exoplanet? Where is the closest exoplanet?" and of course the important question "how do you look for life on other planets?" So grab your telescopes and get ready to explore outer space! 


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    • 42 min
    Susann Rossbach - Giant Clams

    Susann Rossbach - Giant Clams

    Have you ever wanted to know more about life in the ocean? In this episode, Susann Rossbach, PhD candidate in Marine Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, will talk to us about life underwater, specifically giant clams!! She will answer all of your questions about these wonderful invertebrates, like how big do they get, what do they eat, and how are the being affected by climate change. So grab your scuba gear and get ready for an underwater adventure into the world of giant clams! 



    Ocean Sunfish: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_sunfish 


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    • 33 min
    Brooke McWherter - Social Science

    Brooke McWherter - Social Science

    What is social science? Brooke McWherter, PhD student at Purdue University, talks to us all about being a social scientist. She is a natural resource social scientist, so she studies people’s thoughts and behaviors around natural resource management and conservation. she answers all of your questions about what it's like to work with people and study the ways that people think and feel about the natural world! 

    Red-fronted macaw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-fronted_macaw 


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    • 37 min
    Lisa Stein - Antibiotic Resistance

    Lisa Stein - Antibiotic Resistance

    Have you ever wanted to know more about antibiotic resistance? In this episode, Lisa Stein, a master's student at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She answers all of your questions including "what does antibiotic resistance mean?" "how to bacteria become resistant to antibiotic medicines?" and "how can you protect yourself from resistant bacteria?" 


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    • 36 min
    Dr. Kelly Ronald - Bird Communication

    Dr. Kelly Ronald - Bird Communication

    Have you ever wanted to know how birds communicate with each other? Dr. Kelly Ronald, professor of biology at Hope College, talks to us all about bird communication! Why do birds sing early in the morning? How many noises can birds make? Why are birds so many different colors? Why are some birds bright colors and others aren't? She answers all these questions and more! 

    Link to lyrebird sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y

    Dr. Ronald’s website https://www.kellylronald.com/


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    • 51 min

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