Inga Conti-Jerpe on Coral Reefs

Inga Conti-Jerpe on Coral Reefs

Inga Conti-Jerpe is a coral reef ecologist with a primary research interest in how corals obtain nutrients and food to survive and reproduce. Inga has a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China, where she used stable isotope analysis as a tool to investigate variation in coral nutrition across species. Inga is passionate about science education and outreach and loves helping others investigate and understand the natural world. Inga is also an avid SCUBA diver; she got her certification at the age of 14 and has logged hundreds of dives both for research and fun!

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Refresh your chemistry background and understand what an isotope is:

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Rachel Hendricks on the impacts of tobacco

Rachel Hendricks on the impacts of tobacco

Rachel Hendricks will be graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina in May of 2021. She studies biology and data science and will be working at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellow following graduation. Rachel has spent the last two years as a student researcher for Dr. Karen Bernd exploring the toxicity and use patterns of waterpipe tobacco smoke (hookah) and other alternative tobacco products, and will share that work in this talk.

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David Dimitrie on behavioral interactions in frogs

David Dimitrie on behavioral interactions in frogs

In today’s episode, meet David Dimitrie, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. He is an amphibian ecologist, focusing on how amphibians respond to changes in the environment (although he has an equal love for anything reptile). David is also a science educator and has been teaching in both the formal and informal science classroom for over 10 years.

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Learning about biological sounds:

Raven Sound Software is created and managed by the Cornell University Lab Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. They provide excellent resources and educational materials for learning about biological sounds. Student (K-12) and educator licenses are available to purchase for the Raven Pro software; however, the free Raven Lite software has excellent capabilities to view and conduct basic analyses on sound files.

Become a frog watcher:

To learn more about how you can become involved with citizen science efforts in the US to monitor frogs , check out FrogWatch. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that provides opportunities to learn about wetlands by reporting on the calls of local frogs in your community.

Get in touch with David:

David is eager and willing to share frog recordings from his research for classroom and research educational purposes. Please feel free to contact him (dad125@case.edu) if you would like to discuss methods to incorporate frog calls into your classroom or educational programs!
All about the Truckee-Tahoe region

All about the Truckee-Tahoe region

Viewing atoms with microscopes with Justin Ondry, PhD

Viewing atoms with microscopes with Justin Ondry, PhD

In this talk, Justin Ondry, PhD joins us to discuss how scientists are able to look at individual atoms using an electron microscope and how this has enabled breakthrough discoveries in physical and biological sciences. Justin received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2020 from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Justin used transmission electron microscopy to study the structure and defects in semiconductor nanocrystals. He is currently the James Franck Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago where he is studying molten salt synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals.

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Electron microscope interactive tutorial:

Click here to access this interactive resource which begins with a description and offers an interactive simulator.

Read one of Justin Ondry’s papers:

To read one of Justin’s published articles , click here.