18 episodes

Want to know what it's like to start out in a career in ecology, biology or science? In each episode of Science in Progress, I interview graduate students, research technicians, or undergrads at the early stages of careers in science. We have fun and honest conversations about what it’s like to learn how to be a scientist.

Science in Progress Rob Crystal-Ornelas

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

Want to know what it's like to start out in a career in ecology, biology or science? In each episode of Science in Progress, I interview graduate students, research technicians, or undergrads at the early stages of careers in science. We have fun and honest conversations about what it’s like to learn how to be a scientist.

    #18 - Becca Clement and Keylie Gibson - What is computational biology?

    #18 - Becca Clement and Keylie Gibson - What is computational biology?

    On episode #18 I'm joined by Becca Clement (@beccasbugs) and Keylie Gibson (@gibsonkeylie) who are both PhD candidates at George Washington University's Computational Biology Institute. We begin by defining computational biology and then see how their research projects (related to Black Rhino conservation and the Australian termite diversity anomaly) both rely on analyzing huge amounts of data.

    If you are at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in Louisville this week check out their talks!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #17 Meredith Zettlemoyer - Work experiences and writing tips

    #17 Meredith Zettlemoyer - Work experiences and writing tips

    In this episode, I chat with Meredith Zettlemoyer a PhD candidate at Michigan State University who works at the Kellogg Biological Station. Meredith studies responses of prarie communities to different aspects of global change like nitrogen addition, deer herbivory and climate change. In this episode we chat about what it's like to have many different work experiences while being a student. Meredith's journey was shaped by jobs working with AmeriCorps and as a writer.

    • 49 min
    #16 Gina Ramírez - Clubes de Ciencia and Marine Ecology

    #16 Gina Ramírez - Clubes de Ciencia and Marine Ecology

    In today's episode I talk with Gina Ramirez, a PhD candidate at Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste in La Paz, Mexico. Gina and I met just over a year ago when I was an instructor with the NGO Clubes de Ciencia. Gina is one of the amazingly dedicated staff members in La Paz and with the team there, she coordinates 1 week workshops for undergraduates in Mexico that are all about science!

    • 50 min
    #4 Chelsea Little - Getting a PhD in Switzerland

    #4 Chelsea Little - Getting a PhD in Switzerland

    Dr. Chelsea Little defended her PhD recently!! Congrats Dr. Little!!

    In this conversation I chat with Chelsea about the differences between PhD programs in the US and Europe. Chelsea is a PhD candidate in the Altermatt lab at the University of Zurich. Also, Chelsea was kind enough to survey a group of colleagues (N = 18) about their experiences in graduate school in Europe. See below for all the details. This is a treasure trove of cool information, so read on!

    • 57 min
    #14 Manuel Lequerica - Urban Ecology

    #14 Manuel Lequerica - Urban Ecology

    In today’s episode I chat with Manuel Lequerica, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. We talk about the fascinating aspects of urban ecology including light pollution, human connection with nature and plant/insect interactions. We also have fun discussions about what it’s like to follow different passions for research and why it’s OK to be fascinated by lots of different things. Thanks to Manuel for this episode!! Also, thank you Alejandra Echeverri for introducing us.

    • 55 min
    #13 - Alejandra Echeverri - Environmental consulting as a career

    #13 - Alejandra Echeverri - Environmental consulting as a career

    On today's podcast I chat with Alejandra Echeverri who is a Phd candidate at the University of British Columbia and environmental consultant.  Ale describes environmental consulting work and tells us about some of her past and current projects.  She describes ways to get involved in consulting as a way to engage with ecological research and as a potential career path.

    website: https://alejandraecheverriochoa.wordpress.com/
    twitter: @ornithoale

    • 41 min

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Fun, informative, useful info for students of science

I super enjoy this podcast. Every episode is an interview with a different student (grad, undergrad) about their experiences. Very conversational which is nice to hear people talk about what they're interested in outside and inside of academia.

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Very informative, a must for anyone looking into a Biology field! Katie makes biology exciting for young and old!

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