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Episode 110: How Do You Recognize Every Giraffe in the World?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Monica Bond, Wildlife Biologist  Dr. Monica Bond is a wildlife biologist and biodiversity activist with a focus on ecology of wildlife in fire-affected forests and ecology of giraffe and other hoofed mammals in the East African savanna. Her research on use of high-intensity burned forest by Spotted Owls and Black-backed Woodpeckers… Continue Reading Episode 110: How Do You Recognize Every Giraffe in the World?

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Episode 104: How Do You Train a Shark?

Meet the Expert: Gretchen Burson, Aquarist II at the Georgia Aquarium My name is Gretchen Burson. I am an Aquarist II at the Georgia Aquarium. I have worked there for the past 5.5 years. I graduated from University of West Georgia with a BS in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science. I have worked… Continue Reading Episode 104: How Do You Train a Shark?

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Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

Meet the Expert:  Sarah Skebba, zoologist and creator of edZOOcating.com  Sarah is a self-proclaimed animal expert with a background in wildlife biology and zoo and aquarium work. Her passion for animals started at a very young age thanks to incredible picture books like Stellaluna and Verdi by Janell Cannon. As a student, she was able… Continue Reading Episode 103: Why Do Scientists COUNT Lizard Scales?

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Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Wallmark, computer scientist and children’s author   Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark is a former software engineer and computer science professor. She writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned five starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and… Continue Reading Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

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Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Anna Michel, Associate Scientist/ Ocean Engineer Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dr. Michel graduated with her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering in 2007. In 2012, she began her career as an assistant scientist at WHOI. She went on to lead the… Continue Reading Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

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Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

Meet the Expert:  LCDR Rebecca (Becky) Shaw, NOAA hurricane hunter Rebecca Shaw is a Wp-3D Hurricane Hunter & Test Pilot at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Experienced Test Pilot with a demonstrated history of working in the Military industry, she has a  Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from John’s… Continue Reading Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

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Episode 95: How are Glaciers Nature’s Time Machine?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj, Glaciologist   Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj is a scientist, mountaineer and educator based near Denver, Colorado. She received her PhD in geological sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder and, in 2016, started Science in the Wild, a citizen science company focused on creating immersive and educational adventure science expeditions… Continue Reading Episode 95: How are Glaciers Nature’s Time Machine?

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Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

Meet the Expert:  Nils Larson, NASA Test Pilot David Nils Larson is a research test pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. He is NASA’s lead pilot for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, and is assigned to Armstrong’s F/A-18, F-15, T-34 research and mission support aircraft and DC-8 airborne science aircraft. Larson also serves as senior advisor… Continue Reading Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

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Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

Meet the Expert:  Madison Matson, Chemical Engineer Madison is a 2020 graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Madison had an internship at a Tucson firm and then went to work as an engineer at Proctor and Gamble in Pennsylvania where she helps with the production of paper products such… Continue Reading Episode 82: How Do You Make Toilet Paper Soft?

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Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Amy Apprill, Marine Microbial Ecologist Dr. Amy Apprill is a marine microbial ecologist and Associate Scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department. Apprill’s research focuses on the ecology of microbial communities (or ‘microbiomes’) residing in association with sensitive animal hosts and ecosystems of the ocean. She studies the factors driving… Continue Reading Episode 81: Do Whales Have Germs?

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Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

Meet the Expert: Travis Land, Herptology Curator My name is Travis Land, and I am currently working as a Ranger Tech for the City of Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. I am committed to helping its mission of enhancing the quality of our community and its citizens by assisting its wildlife rehabilitation efforts, educational… Continue Reading Episode 79: How Do You Work With Snakes… Safely?

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Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Orth, Music Teacher and STEAM education pioneer STEAM education pioneer Laurie Orth brings together the two contrasting disciplines of space exploration and music. Creating a pipeline for young people into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) educational programs through music is important to her. With over two decades teaching… Continue Reading Episode 78: How Can Music Help Us Learn About Space?

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