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31 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
Trisha Shrum - It's all in how you ask the question
More on Trisha Shrum, Ph.D. - Post Doc with Earth Lab Trisha is a behavioral economist. Her work examines how ranchers in the United States make decisions around drought. The premise of her research suggests that if we better understand what drives people's actions we can better frame related policy. And if we can better frame policy and choices, people may be lead to make healthier decisions. Trisha also started Dear Tomorrow a non-profit organization that asks people to write letters to their kids about what they, personally, are doing to reduce the impacts of climate change. This, in part, will let kids know that their parents were dedicated to action. What’s more these letters serve as an impetus for adults to follow through on their dedications. Trisha’s work with framing changes the way that problems of the environment are perceived, thus opening people to more solutions.
34 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
Mikki McComb-Kobza - Taking shark research to the people
More on Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza Her life in shark research started as a youth. Fear transformed into fascination for one of the world's most interesting and feared ocean predators. Sharks. Despite their reputation as ominous monsters hunting for prey in the ocean, they have personalities and struggle to protect themselves against their greatest predators, humans. Mikki is not just a researcher but a devout voice for the protection of sharks and their habitats. She lectures, shares research expeditions with students, and serves as the executive director of The Ocean First Institute.
30 minutes | Jan 5, 2017
Mickey Glantz - Learning Lessons about Humans and Our Changing Environment
More on Mickey Glantz, Ph.D. For decades Mickey Glantz has explored the world, scrutinizing how people function under duress - namely in situations where weather and climate stress social infrastructure. The greatest stresses become natural disasters. If disasters are a combination of weather inputs and human preparation for these threats, he wonders why we aren't learning more productive lessons to reduce risk. He follows-up field campaigns with efforts to raise awareness amongst stake holders in the fight against disasters to these catching points. He is a master of strong metaphors illuminating choices that people have to reduce risk and shedding new light on people's plights for survival.
33 minutes | Dec 24, 2016
Jane Palmer - Packaging Science for Consumption
More on Jane Palmer - Science Journalist Jane Palmer is an adventurer of science. She delves deeply into all of the details of research, goes into the field to see how humans interface with the natural world and then places her thoughts and observations into word. Jane is driven to share the amazement that she finds by weaving science into her life. She understands that knowledge is not the sole ingredient that will change the way people engage improving family, policy or business activities. Rather inspiration and positive experiences define how we relate to thoughts, learning and growing.
31 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
Ursula Rick - The Science Informant
More On Ursula Rick, Ph.D. - Western Water Assessment Ursula is one of The Rocky Mountain's critical voices for sharing information about water that feeds people, communities and industry. Just like the long path of water trickling from snow in the mountains, through soils, down streams and to faucets, Ursula followed a weaving path to where she is today - researching the Greenland Ice Sheet, to informing politicians in Washington DC on science, to managing the Western Water Assessment. As part of her position she helps users of water, and those deciding how to use water, to take responsible action with this often-lacking resource. Her path to her specialization and her mission are as fascinating as the water that she protects.
28 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
Fernado Briones - An outsider helping cultures make wise decisions around natural disasters
http://traffic.libsyn.com/thenerdheard/Fernando_Briones_on_2016-11-03_at_14.06_002.m4a More on Fernando Briones, Ph.D. - The Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado Fernando is a social scientist in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction. Some say that for every $10 that we put into recovering from a disaster, $9 could be saved by taking preventative measures. Fernando dives into cultures around the planet examining where they could best place efforts to combat the harmful effects of drought and flood. He then works with local people to use knowledge in policy and social decisions. Fernando builds bridges of wisdom between all groups who have a stake in looming disasters, with the hopes that weather extremes will have a smaller impact the next time around.
30 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
Lauren Pierpoint – Do you learn from your injuries? Lauren does.
More on Lauren Pierpoint – Graduate student at University of Colorado, Denver. Part of a healthy life is being able to do what makes us happy. What if what makes us happy causes serious injuries? Skiing? Football? Running? What actions or equipment can we use to keep active, living the life that we want – for as long as possible? Lauren studies how major injuries happen and determines if we are taking wise action to decrease the chances of them happening again. If we can’t learn from our mishaps, there are people like Lauren, dedicated to working in the background to keep us on the field, slopes or walls, experiencing our passions to the fullest.
27 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
Sarah Spaulding – Microbiology that whispers about the health our freshwater
More on Sarah Spaulding, Ph.D. – US Geological Survey. Freshwater is the backbone of individuals, businesses and societies, and its quality is critical to our prosperity. Sarah studies tiny and very sensitive organisms, called diatoms, to assess the health our freshwater. She pays close attention to how diatom populations are growing and shifting with time and in different regions of the United State. That way she can see patterns in their changes, and maybe where the causes originate. The tiny plant-like organisms whisper important information that would otherwise require complex analysis to uncover. Her work has been pivotal in communities changing policy and practices for healthier lives and ecosystems.
29 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
Steve Montzka - Taking the pulse of our ozone layer
More on Steve Montzka, Ph.D. – NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Steve works at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), measuring trace gases (gases found in small amounts) in our atmosphere to determine the health of our ozone layer. High above us the ozone layer protects us from harmful sun’s rays and more, yet human activities can lead to it deteriorating. Without it, we are in big trouble so we pay attention to whether it is shrinking or growing. Steve is a master, in fact a doctor, of using tiny amounts of molecules in our atmosphere to see how large-scale and hugely important processes are unfolding.
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