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Science Notes 2016 Podcasts

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Emily Benson goes inside the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, where archivist Christina Fidler explains how to care for century-old notes and specimens.

Ramin Skibba hikes into the Sierra Nevada with UC Berkeley fire scientists, who use controlled burns and manual tree thinning to try to lower fire hazards in the dry forest.

Laurel Hamers interviews Nature journalist and SciCom lecturer Erika Check Hayden, who reported from West Africa at the peak of the Ebola virus outbreak in late 2014.


Natalie Jacewicz talks with Tom Looney, a long-term survivor with the rare neurodegenerative disease MSA, about his daily strategies to maintain his health.


Erin Ross drives south to Parkfield, California, where a seismologist and a resident discuss the impacts of the nation’s longest-running earthquake monitoring experiment.


Amy McDermott goes inside a greenhouse at the UCSC Arboretum to see threatened native California plants, cultivated by horticulturalist Brett Hall.


Alison Takemura interviews UCSC graduate student Gabe Byrne about promising steps toward developing an effective vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


Brendan Bane joins a pair of field biologists who track the movements of mountain lions and other animals across fragmented landscapes north of Santa Cruz.


Bethany Augliere reports from a lake north of San Francisco, where a volunteer “otter spotter” describes how he helps scientists study the area’s river otters.


Lindzi Wessel visits the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to talk with an engineer about robotic probes designed to study microbial life in the ocean.




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