#20 - Dr. Stephen Pacala - Understanding Our Changing Climate and Carbon Mitigation

This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Stephen Pacala. Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a collaboration between Princeton University, British Petroleum and the Ford Motor Company to find solutions to the problem of global warming. His research covers a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics with an emphasis on interactions between greenhouse gases, climate and the biosphere.

More about Dr. Pacala and his efforts can be found https://environment.princeton.edu/directory/stephen-pacala and at http://www.climatecentral.org/.

The Yale study referenced in the podcast can be found at http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2018/?est=happening&type=value&geo=county.

#18 - Dr. Ken Miller - Science Denial, Free Will, and Finding Common Ground Between God and Evolution


This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Ken Miller. Dr. Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University and is also one of the foremost advocates for science education specifically as it applies to Evolution. He was the expert witness in the famous Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case where he challenged the school board's mandate to incorporate intelligent design into the curriculum. He is the author of the popular books Finding Darwin's God (A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution), Only a Theory (Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul), and recently The Human Instinct (How we Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will). His books can be found here, here, and here, respectively

#17 - Dr. Michael Poland - Monitoring the Yellowstone Supervolcano and Predicting Eruptions


In this week's episode Brendan sits down with volcano expert Dr. Michael Poland. Mike is a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Mike has taken part in studies on a variety of volcanic systems in the United states, including Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest,  Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes in Hawaii, and the Yellowstone caldera. Learn more by visiting the Caldera Chronicles here.

#16 - Dr. Maura McLaughlin - Gravitational Waves, NANOGrav and the Pulsar Search Collaboratory


Dr. Maura McLaughlin is a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University. She is also the chair of the NANOGrav collaboration and the co-director of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC). More information about NANOGrav can be found here and the PSC can be found here.

Maura and Brendan discuss Pulsars, NANOGrav, Gravitational Waves, LIGO, engaging children in science, opioid addiction, and being a woman in science.