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Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Season 2: Episode 9: Adventure with Matt Lobdell
Matt Lobdell, curator of living collections at The Morton Arboretum, highlights his interesting career path from anthropology to curating one of the largest collections of trees in North America. His sense of adventure serves him well as he travels to remote locations around the world to find rare or endangered trees for this outdoor living tree museum. Bonus Content: Matt Lobdell’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: bigleaf magnolia Classroom Activity: S2 E9- Lesson Plan Explore Lobdell’s Photo Profile SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
41 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Season 2: Episode 8: Passion with Julie Travaglini
Julie Travaglini, education program director at the Allegheny Land Trust, talks about how she found a career that balances her passion for education and the outdoors. From inspiring kids to certifying her backyard as a wildlife habitat, Travaglini connects nature and plants with people on a daily basis. Travaglini highlights how technologies such as iNaturalist can help connect students to the natural world. Bonus Content: Julie Travaglini’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Jewelweed Classroom Activity: S2 E8 Explore Travaglini’s ’s Photo Profile Learn more about the Audubon’s Certified Backyard Habitat Program and other wildlife certification programs Northern Illinois Tree Selector Venomous by Christie Wilcox Encyclopedia of Life Information about abandoned mine drainage at an Allegheny Land Trust site Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators webinars Webinar featuring Travagliniand her hydroponic project iNaturalist SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
31 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Season 2: Episode 7: Leadership with Anna Ball
Anna Ball, president and CEO of Ball Horticultural Company, discusses how leadership, business, and STEM can combine to make an exciting and vibrant career. Ball leads diverse teams to ensure that Ball Horticultural Company makes the world a more beautiful place by developing and selling disease and fungal-resistant plants. Bonus Content: Anna Ball’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Peonies Classroom Activity: S2 E7 Explore Ball’s Photo Profile Find out your ‘plant power’ through Bloom! Read about the scientific benefits of trees Check out a horticulturist in a Canopy Career Chronicle Bringing back impatiens in GrowerTalks Learn about selective breeding and genetic modification SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
38 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Season 2: Episode 5: Communication with Matt Candeias
Matt Candeias, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois and creator of In Defense of Plants, describes his career and the importance of communication. Through his own research and studies and the creation of the extremely successful podcast In Defense of Plants, Candeias uses communication to address complex topics in an accessible way. Bonus Content: Matt Candeias’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Orchidaceae family Classroom Activity: S2 E5- Explore Candeias’s Photo Profile Read the In Defense of Plants blog Check out the In Defense of Plants podcast Listen to an episode of In Defense of Plants in which Jessica Turner-Skoff was a guest SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
33 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Season 2: Episode 6: Risk-assessing with Kevin McIntyre
Kevin McIntyre, climber arborist at The Morton Arboretum, dives into the importance of risk-assessment in a STEM career. From evaluating the safety of the trees he is about to climb to thoughtfully selecting the next step in his career, McIntyre assesses situations every day. Bonus Content: Kevin McIntyre’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Eastern redbud Classroom Activity: S2 E6- Lesson Plan to be added.docx Becoming a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture How to plant a tree The Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum Explore McIntyre’s Photo Profile SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
30 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Season 2: Episode 3: Versatility with Marvin Lo
Marvin Lo, Research Assistant at The Morton Arboretum, discusses how the early stages of his career have required versatility. As a research assistant, Lo demonstrates versatility as he works with lots of different people and spends time in the field, in the lab, and in the office. Bonus Content: Marvin Lo’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Buce plants Explore Marvin’s Photo Profile Learn more about how Marvin propagates plants and tissue culture Check out these career chronicles that feature jobs similar to Lo's: Research Assistant and Arboriculture Scientist Check out The Morton Arboretum’s collaboration with NASA: Article from NASA’s website Video SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
38 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Season 2: Episode 4: Vision with Dr. Nicole Cavender and Sue Wagner
Dr. Nicole Cavender, Vice President of Science and Conservation and Sue Wagner, Former Vice President of Education and Information at The Morton Arboretum (Current President and CEO of Huntsville Botanical Garden) describe how their careers in STEM require long-term planning and vision. Learn how each of these leaders assess opportunities and situations and how they use vision to grow and develop this tree-focused museum. Bonus Content: Nicole Cavender’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: tulip tree Sue Wagner’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: lavender Information about Troll Hunt Explore Nicole’s Photo Profile Explore Sue’s Photo Profile SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
37 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Season 2: Episode 1: Collaboration with Dr. Silvia Alvarez-Clare
In this episode of Planted, Dr. Silvia Alvarez-Clare, Tree Conservation Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum, discusses how she collaborates with individuals and institutions all over the world to work towards saving the Quercus brandegeei from extinction. Bonus Content: Silvia Alvarez-Clare’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: The Kapok tree Explore Silvia’s Photo Profile Classroom Activity: S2 E1 - Lesson Plan Check out these career chronicles that feature jobs similar to Silvia’s: Conservation Leader and Conservation Advocate Check out the group 500 Women Scientists Learn more about the importance of biodiversity through this radio segment SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
33 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Season 2: Episode 2: Innovation with Dr. Chris Martine
Dr. Chris Martine, David Burpee Professor of Plant Genetics and Research at Bucknell University, discusses how he incorporates innovation into his career. From discovering and naming plants, to communicating about plants in creative ways, Martine finds ways to push the boundaries of what we know and how we think about plants. Bonus Content: Chris Martine’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profiles: Australian blood bone tomato and the Dungowan bush tomato Explore Chris’s Photo Profile Plants are Cool, too! youtube series Press Release about Chris’ work SHARE: Please tell us what you think. After you have listened to one (or several) episodes, we welcome your feedback.
46 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
Episode 7: Final destinations with guests Tricia Bethke and Dr. Jennifer Chandler
So you’ve done all the work and gained all the necessary skills, but how do you know you’ve arrived in your dream job in STEM and plant science? In this episode of Planted, Tricia Bethke and Dr. Jennifer Chandler share tips and advice for reaching the sweet spot in their careers and taking risks to end up exactly with the career they wanted. Bonus Content: Tricia Bethke’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Shagbark Hickory Dr. Jennifer Chandler’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: American Ginseng Classroom Activity: S1 E7 - Classroom Activity- Developing an Action Plan Spotted Lanternfly.docx Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Chandler in this Photo Profile Dig Deeper into the invasive forest pests, specifically highlighting the Spotted Lantern Fly Video from the University of Maryland Extension about the Spotted Lantern Fly PSA about the Spotted Lantern Fly from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture For more information on invasive pests- meet VIN VASIVE
18 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
Episode 8: What adventure is next? with guest Audrey Denvir
What opportunity is next on the horizon? Listen on this episode of Planted as Audrey Denvir describes her decision-making process to take the next step in her career. Although her career has taken many forms, from wanting to be pop-star to working in Mexico and Latin America with an emphasis on sustainable forestry, Denvir shares her unique perspective on what lies next. Bonus Content: Audrey Denvir’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Chicalaba Classroom Activity: S1 E8- Classroom Activity- Avocados and Deforestation.docx Learn more about Audrey’s career in this photo profile and in this article from Curbed Chicago Can a toddler really play Chopin? In this episode Audrey discusses how she is learning piano as a hobby, but was proud of her ability to play this Chopin piece Audrey discusses both the forestry programs she attended (Yale School of Forestry) and will attend in fall 2018 at The University of Texas (Austin) Article about the demand for avocados and impact on the forest of Mexico University of Minnesota's article on the illegal deforestation in Mexico as the demand for avocados grows
26 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Episode 5: Navigating multiple opportunities with guests Dr. Murphy Westwood and Trinity Pierce
Sometimes, does it really come down to trusting your gut? Setting a course within your STEM/plant career can be difficult when you are presented with multiple opportunities, internships or programs to choose between. In this episode of Planted, Dr. Murphy Westwood and Trinity Pierce share their insight on how they chose the opportunities in their path into STEM, and the skills they built along the way. Bonus Content: Dr. Murphy Westwood’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Wollemi Pine Trinity Pierce’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Witch hazel Learn more about Dr. Murphy Westwood’s current projects and publications and take a look at her Photo Profile Check out Trinity’s work with The Morton Arboretum’s Natural Areas Restoration Program in this Photo Profile Classroom Activity: S1 E5 - Classroom Activity -ActionPlanEasternHemlockWoollyAdelgids.docx Dig Deeper into Endangered Trees by checking out some of the specimens highlighted in The Morton Arboretum’s Vanishing Acts Exhibit Vanishing Acts Profile: Wollemi Pine Vanishing Act Frasier Fir Both Trinity and Murphy discussed the internships and opportunities that they navigated to choose between within their careers. Check out more information on the Disney Horticulture Internship that Trinity completed or Kew Gardens Science, where Murphy worked during her master's program at the Imperial College in London.
37 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Episode 6: North Stars: the leaders in your journey with guest Dr. Chelsie Romulo
Mentors, colleagues and advisers do more than give insight on the journey, they can help shape the path. Follow us on this episode of Planted, as Dr. Chelsea Romulo winds us through her current research into the far corners of the Amazon and discusses mentors and advisers that helped her carve her journey to these remote pockets of the world. Bonus Content: Dr. Chelsie Romulo’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Jerusalem Artichoke Get to know Chelsie in this interview article Classroom Activity: S1 E6- Classroom Activity - AgujePalm.docx During Chelsie’e episode she discusses the Snowy Clover Bird- Check out this unique bird and why it is threatened Dig Deeper into the harvesting of Aguje Palm with: Chelsie’s Photo Profile Chelsie’ Blog which highlight’s Chelsie’s research on the aguaje palms Video featuring Chelsie’s research
18 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Episode 3: Choosing a direction with guest Ashley Tuffin
Internships can take you all over the world and provide valuable insight into the career of your dreams. In this episode, Ashley Tuffin, a research assistant at The Morton Arboretum, describes how the internships guided by your interest can shape decisions and directions within your STEM/plant career trajectory. Bonus Content: Ashley Tuffin’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Oaks (family) Classroom Activity: Environmental Survival with Pokeman Follow Ashley’s Journey by exploring their blog Explore Ashley's internships (both at The Morton Arboretum and in Sweden) through this photo profile Learn about classification and phylogeny using Pokemon Check out this NSTA article about using Pokemon to teach scientific classification Check out an evolutionary outline of pokemon characters/creatures
21 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Episode 4: Merging interests, more than one passion with guest Dr. Aurélie Jacquet
Interests guide your path, but what if you have more than one passion? In this episode of Planted, Dr. Aurélie Jacquet, an ethnopharmacologist who studies the uses of medicinal plant extracts to treat Parkinson's disease, talks about how she incorporates her passion for photography within her research. She will share how she uses microscopy to capture images of healthy or sick nerve cells. Bonus Content Aurélie Jacquet’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Red Clover Classroom Activity: Classroom Activity- Ethnopharmacology-CellHealth.docx Check out some of Aurélie’s photography (in addition to her microscopy images) in this Photo Profile In addition to the images Aurelie captures, she enjoys looking at nature photos. This exercise is proven to provide health benefits to individuals who view trees from their window, or spend time in nature. For more information on the benefits of trees.
22 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Episode 2: Early Steps: first experiences in science with guest Frank Balestri
Join us on this episode of Planted to learn how early experiences in the natural world can ignite passion for working with plants later in life. Inspired by his experiences with collecting and raising butterflies as a youth, Frank Balestri shares how some of his early experiences, inspired him to consider a path into horticulture. Bonus Content: Frank Balestri’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Sweet Bay Magnolia Classroom Activity: How can humans positively impact butterfly populations? Deep Dive into Butterflies: Butterfly Safari Video - Jessica, Meghan, and Frank go hunting to identify caterpillar eggs Butterfly Egg and Larvae Photos (also young frank is featured in these photos) Butterfly and Moth terminology decoded in this article from the Chicago Botanical Garden Watch a time-lapse video of monarch metamorphosis
29 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
Episode 1: The start of the journey: The surprising path into the STEM field with guest Dr. Andrew Hipp
In this episode of Planted, we talk about how sometimes our first career aspirations are wildly different from the paths we ultimately choose to pursue. Andrew Hipp’s surprising and twisting path into the scientific field of plant systematics is just that, interesting at every turn. Listen to Andrew discuss his early aspirations; from astronaut to creative writer, ultimately leading to his current work as a scientist. Andrew describes how he harnesses his skills as a writer to paint a picture that weaves the genetic data of oak species from around the world to create a Tree of Life for Oak trees that spans 1000s of years. Bonus Content: Andrew Hipp’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile:The Bladderwort Classroom Activity: What is an Herbarium? Citizen Science Activity to support Herbarium specimens. Deep Dive on Andrew’s Research: Explore Andrew’s Photo Profile Check out this article that describes the genetic evolution of the mighty oak(s). Learn more about Andrew’s work and the Mystery of the White Oaks.
24 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
Episode 9: (Bonus) Meet the hosts Dr. Jessica Turner-Skoff and Meghan Wiesbrock
Before you start the winding path into plant related careers, get to know the hosts, in this bonus episode. Unravel their early interest and passion for STEM, and learn how a plant profession could be a perfect job for you! Visit our landing page for more information about Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers Bonus Content: Jessica Turner-Skoff’s Profile and Favorite Plant Profile: Tulip Tree Meghan Wiesbrock’s Favorite Plant Profile: Redbud Jessica’s Photo Profile- Learn more about Jessica’s internships, her connections to several of the guests featured this season, as well as her background and current role. Information on plant Blindness (during the episode Jessica and Meghan discuss this concept of plant blindness). For a deeper dive on the topic of plant blindness. As a child, Jessica was first introduced to the concept of ethnobotany when she discovered that plants (specifically white pine) could be used to ward off Scurvy. Learn about other ways humans can use plants, including to filter water
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