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After their amazing experience during spring term of 2022, Dr. Seth Bybee and four students, Eva Jasinski, Rachel Sutherland, Lily Gregson, and Cordon Wade discuss their study abroad in Vietnam. Students worked with either Dr. Bybee on team Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) or Dr. Gareth Powell on team beetle (Coleoptera). 
Maliea Holden and Kate Scanlan talk with hosts, Austen Lambert and Katy Knight about how to create energy from waste (yes, they work with poop) using extremophiles, or organisms that live in extreme environments. Maliea and Kate work in Dr. Zach Aanderud's lab at Brigham Young University. In this episode they share some stories about field and lab work as well as why they enjoy this research and why they feel it is important.
Teresa Gomez and Steve Schill talk about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the importance of mapping for conservation purposes. They tell us about various projects they've worked on and how using maps and GIS can assist in research going on all over the world. This episode was recorded on April 19, 2022.
This episode features Dr. Gareth Powell, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University and Natalie Saxton, PhD student at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. They discuss their research, adventures doing field work, as well as the vast biodiversity of insects. 
Dr. Richard Gill and graduate students, Stau Segi and Kalai Ellis describe their research projects in the south pacific, specifically in Samoa and Hawaii. They discuss the importance of the connection between the work they're doing and traditional ecological understanding. 
Dr. Benjamin Abbott (benabbott@byu.edu), assistant professor of ecosystem ecology at Brigham Young University, joins Samuel Bratsman (sbratsmanx@gmail.com), plant and wildlife sciences graduate student, to discuss the history, ecology, and future of Utah Lake. This episode was recorded on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.The following links were either mentioned in the episode or are resources available to find out more about Utah Lake:utahlake.byu.edutimpanogostribe.comUtah Historical Quarterlyhttps://utahlake.orghttps://utahvalleyvisioning.org/conserveutahvalley.orgutah.govUtah Lake Photography Club Facebook GroupInstagram @utahlakephotoclubThe views and opinions expressed in this program are the personal views and opinions of the speakers acting in their private capacity, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Brigham Young University or any other entity.
Science in the family

Science in the family

2021-12-1433:22

In this episode we hear from Dr. Alison Whiting and Dr. Michael Whiting, both curators at the Bean Life Science Museum and faculty at Brigham Young University. They share how their love for science has taken them on adventures and influenced their kids.Nature Article: Loss and recovery of wings in stick insects
Air Pollution

Air Pollution

2021-11-1032:44

In this episode we interview Dr. Arden Pope, Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at BYU. We discuss his research on air pollution. He also gives tips on ways to improve air pollution as a community and as an individual. Global Burden of Disease ReportLancet Commission on Pollution and HealthAir Quality Guidelines from the World Health OrganizationPress release for the Air Quality Guidelines from WHOHuman Health and Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Utah: An Expert Assessment
Dr. Michael Whiting is the new director at the BYU Life Science Museum. Join Dr. Whiting and the new associate director, Dr. Steve Leavitt,  as they talk about a new vision for the museum and how students at Brigham Young University have a unique opportunity to participate in designing exhibits and communicating science.
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. 
Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

2022-09-2730:59

Dr. Matt Arrington (matt_arrington@byu.edu) and undergraduate student, Nathan Grooms, talk to us about urban agriculture and the benefits of using a hydroponic system.You can read more about their research here:https://lifesciences.byu.edu/moving-agriculture-upward-for-urban-residentshttps://lifesciences.byu.edu/magazine/propagating-innovation-and-inspired-research
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