Archives: women in science

Deep Sea Explorers and Elephant Seals-PW075

On the podcast we hear an interview with deep sea researcher Linda Snook whose work takes her 1500 feet down underwater in a tiny submersible. The creatures she sees few people lay eyes on in a lifetime; giant sea bass, strange worms, and lantern fish are some of the surprises she finds on old oil • Read More »


Mary Silver: Ocean Science Pioneer-PW061

We present a conversation with Dr. Mary Wilcox Silver,Professor Emeritus of Ocean Sciences, one of the first women to head a major Ocean Sciences department at a UC. Her works focuses on phytoplankton and ocean food webs. What do phytoplankton have to do with Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds? Find out how Mary Silver figured • Read More »


Measuring Attitudes About Climate Change-PW019

Why are so many Americans confused about climate change and what to do about it? Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf of Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication has been measuring and describing attitudes about how severe a threat climate change poses and what people think should be done. Turns out, geography and recent weather events have at least • Read More »


Life on Mars: A Chat with NASA’s Carol Stoker-PW017

An interview with NASA scientist Carol Stoker, an expert on Mars, the Red Planet. Carol Stoker is a staff planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. Her most recent work is focused on developing instruments and robotic systems for space exploration and testing them in terrestrial analog environments. She has led field experiments in the Antarctic, • Read More »


City Climate Action Coordinator: Tiffany Wise-West of Santa Cruz, California – PW012

Climate Action Coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz, California – Dr. Tiffany Wise-West discusses the city’s Climate Action Plan and the process of preparing for sea level rise. She explains the distinctions between climate mitigation and adaptation and describes the city’s  first sea level rise vulnerability and social vulnerability assessments, in which her team • Read More »


Adapting to Climate Change: Water & Ecosystems-PW006

On today’s show, two scientists talk about ecosystems and water resources in a changing planet. University of California Santa Cruz evolutionary biologist, Professor Erika Zavaleta discusses her work on ecosystems and how they adapt to extreme changes in climate. UCSC marine scientist Dr. Adina Paytan tells about the Oroville dam failure and shares other unfolding • Read More »