Monday, September 16, 2013- guest DJ Jumping Spider (Ian Wright) discusses Texas natural history

30Sep

Ian Wright answers questions about rabbits, spiders, toads, and other natural creatures found in Texas and beyond.  The largest continental US state is home to a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna.  Ian mentions the effect of drought on local wildlife.  

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Monday, September 9, 2013- guest Kelsey Jiang- how Three-spined stickleback select their habitat

30Sep

Guest Kelsey Jiang studies the habitat preference of Three-Spined Sticklebacks.  This ~2 inch fish is interesting because it shows a lot of morphologies based on its habitat.  Kelsey has developed a way to distinguish between lake- and stream- fish based on the way they swim in the direction of or against the current.  Kelsey is a graduate student in the Bolnick Lab at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Biological Sciences section on Integrative Biology.  

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Monday, August 19, 2013- guest “Dr. Dr.” Art Covert computer simulations of deleterious mutations in evolution

30Sep

Art Covert has a dual PhD in Computer Science and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. "Dr. Dr." Covert explains his recent paper "Deleterious Mutations as Stepping Stones in Adaptive Evolution".  Art uses the Avida software package for studying computer generated mutations in evolution.  Art also described his Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) stream, a program at the University of Texas at Austin to get Freshmen undergraduates involved in real research.  

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Monday, July 15, 2013- biologist Dr. Eben Gering- studying damselflies in Hawaii

30Sep

This week we interview recent UTexas Biology PhD Dr. Eben Gering.  Eben discusses Damselfies, the ecosystem of Hawaii, invasive species, and male mimicry.  DJ Ganglion's last show before going to grad school!

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Monday, June 25, 2013- naked mole rats, x-rays in space, DJ Stinkbug, public healthy policy

30Sep

This week we discuss science news!  Topics include naked mole rats avoiding cancer, x-rays in space, dark matter in the sun, and public health policy.  We have special cohost DJ Stinkbug.

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Monday, August 26, 2013- Dr. Pamela Owen, Paleontologist

30Sep

This week we interview paleontologist Dr. Pamela Owen.  Dr. Owen is the Senior Biodiversity Educator at the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  Pamela discussed the diversity of biology in Central Texas.  One of her discoveries includes the characterization of a badger skeleton in New Mexico, using high resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography.  Dr. Owen demonstrated a sample badger pelt and skeleton in the KVRX studio!  We heard about Dr. Owen's start as a student worker at the La Brea tarpits in Los Angeles, CA.

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