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5 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Ep. 34: Joseph Denhert on Stream Assessment, Community Planning, and Handheld Photogrammetry
In this episode, hear from Joseph Denhert, a graduate student in Community and Environmental Planning at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Management. Joseph talks about how he connects to a place through its rivers, his stream assessment work for the Clark Fork Coalition, and his thesis research, which uses hand-held cameras to create 3D snapshots of stream restoration efforts.
37 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 33: A Conversation with Nadia White on Journalism, Story as a Guide, and Luxuriating in Words
In this episode, we’re in the flow with Nadia White who is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Master's Program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism. Nadia reads two poems from W.S. Merwin that launch our conversation about the importance of finding our own story's place in the bigger story, the state of journalism today, and the opportunities and challenges for the next generation of journalists.
4 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Ep. 32: Dillon Sarb on International Relations, Conflict and Government as a Way to Help People
In this episode, hear from Dillon Sarb, a graduate student in the political science department. Dillon was inspired to learn more about politics and government by former president Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Listen in as Dillon talks about one focus of his graduate work -- international relations, conflict, and what happens after a superpower withdrawals troops from another country.
4 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep. 31: Colter Feuerstein on Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Fin Clips, and Fisheries Management
In this episode, hear from Colter Feuerstein, a master’s student in the wildlife biology program at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. Colter grew up hunting and fishing in Montana and his time in the outdoors sparked his interest in wildlife biology. His current work focuses on westslope cutthroat trout preservation.
5 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 30: Helen Russette on Child Wellbeing, Giving Back to the Community, and Floating the Clark Fork
In this episode, hear from Helen Russette, a Ph.D. candidate within the School of Public and Community Health Sciences. Listen in as Helen talks about her dissertation which focuses on children with prenatal substance exposure and the benefits of early caregiver-child engagement and green space exposure.
48 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Ep. 29: A Conversation with Dr. Annie Belcourt (Otter Woman) on PTSD Research & Trauma Recovery
In this episode, we’re in the flow with Dr. Annie Belcourt (Otter Woman) who is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Annie reads an excerpt from Terese Marie Mailhot's memoir Heart Berries which sparks our conversation about Annie’s educational journey, the importance of building resilience in Native communities, and the unique research ethics that ground Indigenous research communities.
6 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Ep. 28: Hope Ruskaup on Finding Poetry in the Everyday and Working Through Two Graduate Degrees
In this episode, hear from Hope Ruskaup a graduate student in both poetry and literature. Hope reads her poem, “It’s a Shame to Think That Spatially This Makes Any Sense,” then describes her approach to writing and how she’s working through two theses.
5 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Ep. 27: Sierra Streuli on Inequality, Social Justice, and Barriers to Reintegration for ex-Felons
In this episode, hear from Sierra Streuli, a master’s student in the sociology department, about her research on barriers to reintegration of ex-felons.
5 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Ep. 26: Rob Green on Eco-Porn, Bears, & Interdisciplinary Skill-Building in Environmental Studies
In this episode of Confluence, hear from Rob Green, a master’s student in UM’s Environmental Studies Program. After getting an undergraduate degree in journalism, Rob worked as a wilderness guide in Central and South America – an experience that sparked his interest in conservation and photography. Hoping to contribute to deeper change in the field of conservation, Rob’s thesis work looks at a holistic approach to understanding human-predator relationships.
44 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Ep. 25: A Conversation with Dr. Rachel Severson on Personified Technology and Singing Lilies
In this episode, we’re in the flow with Dr. Rachel Severson who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, the Director of the Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program, and the Director of the Minds Lab. Rachel reads an excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem At the River Clarion, which launches our discussion of baseline shifting, her research on the attribution of minds to non-human agents, and being open to new paths in your life and research.
5 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Ep. 24: Michelle Williams on Sociology and Truck Stop Employees
In this episode of Confluence, hear from Michelle Williams, a master’s student in the sociology department, about her interest in gender and inequality, her path to sociology, and her thesis about truck stop employees.
4 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Ep. 23: Rebekah Skoog on Learning, Language, and Cultural Empathy
In this episode, hear from Rebekah Skoog, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, on her passion for language learning and how it can increase cultural empathy.
5 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Ep. 22: John Stefanek on LBJ, Model Cities, and the Importance of Good Mentors
In this episode, hear from John Stefanek, a Ph.D. student in UM’s History program. Stefanek discusses his current research, which revolves around Butte’s Model Cities Program, and his motivation to become a teacher.
47 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Ep. 21: A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Preston on Philosophy in a Synthetic Age
In this episode, we’re in the flow with Dr. Christopher Preston, professor of philosophy. Christopher reads an excerpt from "Four Quartets", by T.S. Eliot about the power of rivers, which leads to our discussion of trends in environmental philosophy, his research on the “synthetic age,” and the importance of a philosophy dedicated to impact in the public sphere.
6 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Ep. 20: Eric Jensen on Landscape Painting and the Art of Mixing Colors
In this episode, hear from Eric Jensen, an MFA student studying painting. Jensen is a landscape painter with a passion for the natural world, an interest he cultivated while enjoying hobbies like mountaineering and rock climbing. A major theme in his work is accurately portraying the intersection between art and science. He hopes his work will encourage people to pay more attention to nature as a way to enrich their lives.
6 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Ep. 19: Suzanne Garcia Pino on Her Writing Flow State and Albuquerque in the Time of Trump
In this episode, hear from Suzanne Garcia Pino, an MFA candidate in the creative writing program. Pino discusses what led her to writing and what she hopes to accomplish with her craft. For her dissertation, Pino is using both fiction and nonfiction elements to weave a memoir about living in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2017.
5 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Ep. 18: Cierra Anderson on Economic Development in Indian Country and Unfair Burdens of the Law
In this episode, hear from Cierra Anderson—a master’s in economics candidate and law student—who works at the intersection of federal Indian law and economic development in Indian country.
44 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Ep. 17: A Conversation with Dr. John Quindry about Exercise, Low-Stress Labs, and Good Writing
In this episode, we're in the flow with Dr. John Quindry of the School of Integrative Physiology and Athletic Training. John reads lyrics from "Blue Raft" by Common Children which sparks our conversation about John's work on Exercise and Cardiac Physiology and as his rapports with students.
5 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Ep. 16: Nick Thiros on Working Outside, Clean Groundwater, and Following in Mom's Footsteps
In this episode, hear from Nick Thiros, Ph.D. in Geosciences. Thiros is one of 52 students nationwide to receive funding this year from the U.S. Department of Energy. With this funding, he will carry out hydrogeology research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Thiros is also in the first cohort of the UM BRIDGES Food Energy Water Nexus Trainee Program, which prepares students to advance science toward more sustainable food-energy-water systems.
4 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Ep. 15: Jared Gibbs on Environmental Philosophy, Animal Rights, and Systematic Thinking
In this episode, hear from Jared Gibbs, M.A. in environmental philosophy, about his background in Economics and Philosophy—interests he hopes will successfully prepare him for Law school.
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