A podcast exploring the science and learning about the scientists from southeast Utah and the Colorado Plateau
Don't Bust the Crust
Biological soil crusts—mosses, lichens, and bacteria that live on the surface of dryland soils—perform crucial functions in desert ecosystems. Some species make nitrogen available for nearby plants. Others are huge carbon sinks. In this episode, Michala Phillips, a postdoctoral researcher at the Southwest Biological Science Center, explains how drought, temperature increases, and physical disturbances threaten the survival of these organisms.
Why are the Junipers Dying?
When it comes to arid climates, junipers are some of the toughest trees around. But in the past two years, southeastern Utah has seen huge swathes of them die off. In this episode, Steven Kannenberg, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, explains why so many junipers are struggling to survive.
A unique combination of events came together at the end of Permian time (250 million years ago)that resulted in the extinction of more the 90% of living species. We talk with Dr. Benjamin Burger about what earth looked like during this period and what led to such a drastic change in environment and life.
FestivalofScience EXTRA: GeoTour2020
Join scientists Chris Benson and Terry Dial on a geology tour of Moab, Utah! This 50-mile scenic driving loop includes information on the spectacular geology surrounding Moab.
This 50-mile scenic driving loop includes six stops with audio by local geologist
- 4-wheel drive recommended
- 2-wheel drive option
- Plan 3-4 hours
- Join caravan Friday, 18 September 2-6p
Download map at www.moab-scifest.org
Heat: The Silent Killer
Extreme heat can be dangerous and is often called the "silent killer". We talk with Kirsten Goldstein, a grad student at Utah State University in Climate Adaptation Science, who studies how people perceive the risk of heat to their health. A person’s perception can influence their behavior and the we discuss the methods Kirsten uses to try and understand perceptions relating to how hot people feel.
Lake Powell 2020
Sixty years after its creation, Lake Powell faces an uncertain future with increasing drought and limited runoff into the Colorado River Basin. Here we speak with Jack Schmidt and Eric Kuhn about the policies and politics of reservoirs along the Colorado River. Jack Schmidt is a professor at Utah State University’s Center for Colorado River studies and Eric Kuhn is an engineer and was general manager for the Colorado River Water Conservation District for 37 years. We discuss the role Lake Powell plays in the Colorado River Basin and how climate change, politics, and water-use policies affect the reservoir’s future.
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Interesting and inspiring!
Kristina does a fantastic job interviewing these scientists! The topics are fascinating and can be understood by anyone. I am an aspiring ecologist (in early stages of grad school) so I particularly appreciate Kristina asking each of her interviewees how they got interested and started in their field.
Geologist approves 🤙🏽
Eloquent and concise. Interesting topics and enjoying from New Mexico.
Love this show and I don’t even live in Moab!
I love the format of asking why the science is important, how it’s done, and what drives the people who do it!