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This podcast highlights research and science projects happening in the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University. We will also cover life science and conservation efforts happening in the community.
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Black Bears

Black Bears

2021-09-0940:03

Dr. Hal Black (hal_black@byu.edu) and Dr. Janene Auger (janene_auger@byu.edu) talk about their experiences and research with Black Bears.Poem, “Barter” by Sara TeasdaleEmma X3 All-terrain Wheelchair
Birding

Birding

2021-08-0546:16

Listen to Merrill Webb and Josh Day talk about why they love to watch and chase birds. They will also give tips on how to get started and some great resources to identify birds and keep lists of what you see. Some of these resources are linked below:Cornell lab of OrnithologyAmerican Birding AssociationAmerican Bird ConservancyeBird (Cornell)Traditional field guidesPetersonSibleyNational GeographicMobile app field guidesMerilniBirdAudubonUtahbirds.orgUtah County Birders
Sustainability at BYU

Sustainability at BYU

2021-07-0745:45

Ben Abbott (Plant & Wildlife Sciences department) and Bremen Leak (Associate Director, Sustainability & Continuity) join undergraduate student, Austen Lambert, to talk about sustainability on many different levels. They discuss the history of sustainability at BYU and the doctrinal foundations that support these principles. The following links provide resources which were mentioned in this episode:Environmental Science and Sustainability majorTwo great commandments - Love God and love neighborBYU AIMSOther Side of HeavenWhat Is Your Mission?, John Groeberg devotional - May 1, 1979BYU Clubs and organizations and local environmental groups (Resources from Plant & Wildlife Sciences)Children of Heavenly Father, M. Russell Ballard devotional - March 3, 2020Environmental Stewardship and Conservation (Gospel Topics, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)Student Sustainability Initiative Instagram
Dr. Byron Adams and undergraduate student, Jinna Brim describe for listeners their experience in the Antarctica. The talk about their research and why this location is such a great place to collect and study Nematodes.For more information check out these links below:Surviving Earth's Extremes: How Antarctic Animals Freeze and Reanimate (YouTube)"Ghost creature" of Antarctica has survived 30 ice ages (YouTube)A Thing of Beauty: Antarctic Worm (YouTube)BYU professor makes big impact through small Antarctic insects (Daily Universe)Byron Adam's Lab Webpage
In this episode Josh and Katy visit with Jamie Jensen and Seth Bybee about their research in teaching evolution in a religious setting. Visit their website for more resources about how to reconcile science and faith at recoevo.byu.edu and listen to Jamie's BYU devotional talk (November 3, 2020) here.This episode was recorded on March 16, 2021.
Lichens

Lichens

2021-04-0539:38

What is a lichen? Find out what lichens are and why two scientists from BYU have devoted their entire careers to studying these fascinating biological systems. Dr. Larry St. Clair and Dr. Steve Leavitt share why they love lichens, some fun stories about working in the field, as well as how lichens serve as bio-monitoring systems for air quality. You can also check out the following links to learn more.BYU Lichen TourCommon Rocky Mountain LichensFollow the BYU Lichen Lab on Instagram @lichens_irl
Desert Ecology

Desert Ecology

2021-02-2337:49

Dr. Tara Bishop and Dr. Sam St. Clair are the guests for this episode of "Y Life Science."  Both Sam and Tara are desert ecologists and share amazing stories and insights about their research and why we should care and protect these specialized ecological systems. Specifically, Tara shares about her research with the Dwarf Bear Poppy and Red Brome in southern Utah.
Marta Adair and Brittany Nuttall talk with Josh and Katy about their experiences working at the Bean Museum in the education department. They also talk about the museum's mission statement, "We inspire wonder and reverence for our living planet."
Pandemic, part 2

Pandemic, part 2

2020-12-2241:40

Join Katy Knight and Josh Day as they talk with Dr. Chantel Sloan and Dr. Duke Rogers about the current pandemic. In this second part of this two-part episode, discussions focus on where we go from here. What does the future look like with this pandemic?In this episode the following resources were referenced:John Campbell (YouTube channel)World Health OrganizationsCenter for Disease Control and PreventionDr. Angela DunnEmerging Infectious DiseasesJohn Hopkins Coronavirus website
Pandemic, part 1

Pandemic, part 1

2020-11-2324:42

Join Katy Knight and Josh Day as they talk with Dr. Chantel Sloan and Dr. Duke Rogers about the current pandemic. In this part of this two-part episode, discussions focus on where we are currently and how we got here. 
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