Biology

StudioTulsa
5:58 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

"Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, May 25th.

(Note: This interview originally aired back in January.) On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Anthony Barnosky, a Professor of Integrated Biology at UC-Berkeley and a leading scientist specializing on how global change affects biodiversity and ecosystem function.

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StudioTulsa
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

A One-Man Play Depicting the Life and Work of Aldo Leopold, the Father of Wildlife Biology

Aired on Thursday, April 23rd.

On this installment of ST, a fascinating discussion with the Tennessee-based storyteller and performer Jim Pfitzer, who will soon appear onstage in Tulsa in "A Standard of Change," the one-man play that he created about the life and work of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). An influential American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and conservationist, Leopold -- the "father of wildlife biology," as some have called him -- is probably best known as the author of "A Sand County Almanac," which is a literary classic that's especially popular with environmentalist readers.

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StudioTulsa
4:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

"Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth"

Aired on Wednesday, January 14th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Anthony Barnosky, a Professor of Integrated Biology at UC-Berkeley and a leading scientist specializing on how global change affects biodiversity and ecosystem function.

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StudioTulsa
12:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Two Decades of Caring for Songbirds of All Kinds: A Conversation with Suzie Gilbert

Aired on Monday, November 17th.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening -- on Tuesday the 18th, at the Tulsa Garden Center, from 1pm till 9:15pm -- the Tulsa Audubon Society, in collaboration with WING IT (as in "Wildlife In Need Group -- In Tulsa") and Wild Birds Unlimited, will present the second annual Wild at Art festival.

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StudioTulsa
4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dr. Walter Piper of Chapman University, an Expert on the Behavior of the Common Loon, Speaks at TU

Aired on Friday, November 14th.

On this edition of ST, an interesting chat with Dr. Walter Piper of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Chapman University (in Orange, California). Dr. Piper is an expert on the common loon -- having studied these diver birds, known for their alluring and distinctive calls, for some 22 years -- and he'll present a free-to-the-public lecture on the social behavior of loons this afternoon (Friday the 14th) at 3pm in Oliphant Hall on the TU campus.

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StudioTulsa
3:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis"

Aired on Monday, July 21st.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per its Wikipedia entry) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of Homo sapiens on fruit as a food source.

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StudioTulsa
1:41 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At TU's Paul Buck Lecture: "Climate, CO2, and Plant Biology: Exploring the Links to Public Health"

Aired on Thursday, April 10th.

Today we welcome Dr. Lewis H. Ziska to StudioTulsa. He's a research plant physiologist who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service, where he specializes in crop systems and global change. Dr. Ziska has devoted much of his career to researching how climate change and rising levels of carbon dioxide affect plants and aerobiology as well as the roles they play in agriculture and public health.

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StudioTulsa
2:22 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

"The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think"

Aired on Wednesday, February 5th.

Today on ST, we speak by phone with Douglas T. Kenrick, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. He's also one of the co-authors of a recent book, "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think," which a reviewer for Mother Jones magazine calls "a fun romp through the comedy of human errors. Again and again, the authors find, evolutionary urges and hardwired brains explain behaviors rational economists cannot.

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StudioTulsa
5:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein

Aired on Tuesday, August 13th.

On this encore edition of ST, we listen back to a discussion from April of this year. At that time, we spoke by phone with the acclaimed science writer, biologist, and neuroscientist, Dr. Robert Sapolsky. He's widely seen as one of our leading experts on stress --- namely, on the ways in which stress affects baboons and other primates, and what this, in turn, tells us about the effects of stress on the human condition.

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StudioTulsa
5:16 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, August 9th.

On this encore edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The work of Dr. Soltis has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution, and she has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants.

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