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RadioBio is a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with scientists about biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems.

Latest Episodes

The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

Have you ever thought about how weird hybrids actually are? Some hybrids seem to be a contradiction: they can't reproduce! How could nature allow this? Today we discuss the evolutionary conflict of speciation, hybrids, and sterility.

22 MIN1 w ago
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The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

Have you ever thought about how light affects your behavior on a day to day basis? Now think about how light would affect you on a molecular scale? Molecules have a direct influence on behavior from sleep cycles to depression and motivation. Today we discuss molecules, how they affect animal behavior, and the origins of such an intimate relationship in molecular biology.

21 MIN2019 DEC 13
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From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

It's getting warmer and drier, but there may be an untapped natural resource that can offer fresh water: fog! Fog is more than just one way your beach day can be ruined-- Coastal fog has the potential to be a major contributor to future sustainable agricultural practices. Today we discuss fog and its impact on crops in California.

20 MIN2019 NOV 29
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The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

This week is a special edition of RadioBio, put on for UC Merced's International Education Week. In this episode, we hear from five different researchers and their unique experiences with international research: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Dr. Felipe Zapata, Dr. Gregory Mutumi, Dr. Samuel Wasser, and Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehei. From soil science to conservation biology to everything in between! Each story highlights the various ways we can be inspired by the world around us, and how science reaches beyond physical and political boundaries. Join us, as listening to life, goes international!

32 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

What is a virus? Why are they important? Viruses can cause disease and mortality, and they also significantly influence ecosystem ecology and environmental chemistry. Today we discuss viruses and their role in biogeochemical cycles and agricultural systems with Dr. Joanne Emerson from UC Davis.

25 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

Here's a riddle for you, what is something that stays behind in an environment after an animal is long gone? The answer is... POOP! What if we could use poop to study animals that would otherwise be difficult to track down? Well, Dr. Sam Wasser does just that. This week on Radiobio, we talk with Dr. Wasser from the University of Washington about how he uses poop to better understand animal populations with implications from tracking poachers to tracking whales.

25 MIN2019 OCT 18
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Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

Matter in a random universe. How does it behave? Can we predict it? When physics meets biology, this intersection between two disciplines can crack some major gaps in our understanding of how matter transforms from one state to another. Today we discuss proteins that change their physical state and the theory that goes into understanding this state change.

28 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

Water. It is one of the basic requirements of life as we know it, especially in California. The Washoe people of California's Sierra Nevada mountains believe that all water bodies contain water spirits known as water babies that dictate if you will catch fish or if the river will run dry. And these beliefs are founded in the reality of water's significance...the Sierra Nevada mountains are the reservoir of California, with more than 60% of the state's water originating in the mountains. Our history, our economy, our entire being is tied to how much water falls on these mountains. But what happens...when the water stops? Today, Kinsey Brock, Morgan Quail, and I, Jeff Lauder, speak with a hydrologist and three ecologists about what made the 2012-2016 drought so historic, and how studying its impacts on forest ecosystems can help us understand what a changing climate means for California.

35 MIN2019 SEP 20
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RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

How do you search for a virus? Even worst, how do you search for a virus's DNA? A virus you've never seen before and have no clue what it looks like! If you think of one of your cells as the size of a baseball stadium, a virus would about the size of a baseball. You could try a targeted approach by sequencing your best, educated guesses but with metagenomics you can sequence everything but the kitchen sink. This week we talk small viruses and big data with Dr. Eric Delwart.

19 MIN2019 MAY 3
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RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon

Imagine a world with no leaders. No Presidents. No generals. No bosses. No central control. Ants have successfully occupied every continent on earth and even though they have a queen, they use a system with no central control which we term collective behavior. But what is collective behavior? How do we begin to understand behaviors that emerge in a spontaneous way? Dr. Deborah Gordon, Professor of biology at Stanford University, joined us to talk all about collective behavior in ants.

21 MIN2019 APR 19
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RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon

Latest Episodes

The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

Have you ever thought about how weird hybrids actually are? Some hybrids seem to be a contradiction: they can't reproduce! How could nature allow this? Today we discuss the evolutionary conflict of speciation, hybrids, and sterility.

22 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

Have you ever thought about how light affects your behavior on a day to day basis? Now think about how light would affect you on a molecular scale? Molecules have a direct influence on behavior from sleep cycles to depression and motivation. Today we discuss molecules, how they affect animal behavior, and the origins of such an intimate relationship in molecular biology.

21 MIN2019 DEC 13
Comments
From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

It's getting warmer and drier, but there may be an untapped natural resource that can offer fresh water: fog! Fog is more than just one way your beach day can be ruined-- Coastal fog has the potential to be a major contributor to future sustainable agricultural practices. Today we discuss fog and its impact on crops in California.

20 MIN2019 NOV 29
Comments
The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

This week is a special edition of RadioBio, put on for UC Merced's International Education Week. In this episode, we hear from five different researchers and their unique experiences with international research: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Dr. Felipe Zapata, Dr. Gregory Mutumi, Dr. Samuel Wasser, and Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehei. From soil science to conservation biology to everything in between! Each story highlights the various ways we can be inspired by the world around us, and how science reaches beyond physical and political boundaries. Join us, as listening to life, goes international!

32 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

What is a virus? Why are they important? Viruses can cause disease and mortality, and they also significantly influence ecosystem ecology and environmental chemistry. Today we discuss viruses and their role in biogeochemical cycles and agricultural systems with Dr. Joanne Emerson from UC Davis.

25 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

Here's a riddle for you, what is something that stays behind in an environment after an animal is long gone? The answer is... POOP! What if we could use poop to study animals that would otherwise be difficult to track down? Well, Dr. Sam Wasser does just that. This week on Radiobio, we talk with Dr. Wasser from the University of Washington about how he uses poop to better understand animal populations with implications from tracking poachers to tracking whales.

25 MIN2019 OCT 18
Comments
Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

Matter in a random universe. How does it behave? Can we predict it? When physics meets biology, this intersection between two disciplines can crack some major gaps in our understanding of how matter transforms from one state to another. Today we discuss proteins that change their physical state and the theory that goes into understanding this state change.

28 MIN2019 OCT 4
Comments
Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

Water. It is one of the basic requirements of life as we know it, especially in California. The Washoe people of California's Sierra Nevada mountains believe that all water bodies contain water spirits known as water babies that dictate if you will catch fish or if the river will run dry. And these beliefs are founded in the reality of water's significance...the Sierra Nevada mountains are the reservoir of California, with more than 60% of the state's water originating in the mountains. Our history, our economy, our entire being is tied to how much water falls on these mountains. But what happens...when the water stops? Today, Kinsey Brock, Morgan Quail, and I, Jeff Lauder, speak with a hydrologist and three ecologists about what made the 2012-2016 drought so historic, and how studying its impacts on forest ecosystems can help us understand what a changing climate means for California.

35 MIN2019 SEP 20
Comments
RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

How do you search for a virus? Even worst, how do you search for a virus's DNA? A virus you've never seen before and have no clue what it looks like! If you think of one of your cells as the size of a baseball stadium, a virus would about the size of a baseball. You could try a targeted approach by sequencing your best, educated guesses but with metagenomics you can sequence everything but the kitchen sink. This week we talk small viruses and big data with Dr. Eric Delwart.

19 MIN2019 MAY 3
Comments
RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon

Imagine a world with no leaders. No Presidents. No generals. No bosses. No central control. Ants have successfully occupied every continent on earth and even though they have a queen, they use a system with no central control which we term collective behavior. But what is collective behavior? How do we begin to understand behaviors that emerge in a spontaneous way? Dr. Deborah Gordon, Professor of biology at Stanford University, joined us to talk all about collective behavior in ants.

21 MIN2019 APR 19
Comments
RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon
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