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Making Waves

Making Waves

Making Waves is a podcast produced by the Society for Freshwater Science that aims to bring current research in freshwater to a broader audience through engaging interviews with scientists. The podcast features short interviews with researchers in the field of freshwater science. Topics include biodiversity, ecology, technology, and more.


Making Waves Ep. 34

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Making Waves Ep. 34: Fresh Ideas for Teaching Freshwater Science Part 2.

This month, we're releasing a four-part series on tips and tricks for teaching in the freshwater sciences from educators at different institutions. This second episode in the series features Dr. Amy Burgin, an associate professor at the University of Kansas and an associate scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey.

Dr. Burgin’s research focuses on aquatic microbiology, biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology. On the podcast, she shares how she brings in freshwater science in the news to her introductory and upper level ecology classes to engage students who are interested in policy and how science connects to real-world issues.

Visit Dr. Burgin’s website for more information on her teaching and for some examples of Water in the News: https://burginlab.wordpress.com/teaching/

Making Waves Ep. 33

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Author: 
Erin Larson

Making Waves Ep. 33: Fresh Ideas for Teaching Freshwater Science Part 1.

This month, we're releasing a four-part series on tips and tricks for teaching in the freshwater sciences from educators at different institutions. This first episode in the series features Whitney Beck, a PhD candidate at Colorado State University.

Whitney’s research focuses on how nutrients, grazers, and flow control algal growth. On the podcast, she shares a multi-class period trophic interaction and nutrient excretion experiment she helped develop for an upper-level freshwater ecology class.

Making Waves Ep. 32

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Author: 
Stephen Elser

Making Waves Ep. 32: Flathead Lake Biological Station. Dr. Jim Elser.

In this month’s episode, we talk with Jim Elser, the director of the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station, about the station's history and current role in freshwater biology.

Making Waves Ep. 31

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Author: 
Erin Larson

Making Waves Ep. 31: Inclusive Teaching in Biology. Sarah Jones, Alex Webster, and Dr. Ash Zemenick

In this month’s episode, we talk with the creators of the inclusive teaching workshop that was held at the 2018 SFS meeting in Detroit. Specifically the workshop focused on teaching about gender and sexual reproduction inclusively and accurately in biology. If you missed the chance to attend the workshop, they will be holding a similar workshop and a related workshop at the 2018 Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans.

Making Waves Ep. 30

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Author: 
Eric Moody

Making Waves Ep. 30:  Neotropical Amphibian Conservation. Jonathan Kolby, Nikki Roach, and Matt Whiles.

In this month's episode, we hear from three scientists working on diverse aspects of amphibian conservation in the Neotropics. Dr. Jonathan Kolby discusses efforts to boost populations of threatened frogs in Honduras, Nikki Roach talks about the threats and conservation strategies she's working on in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, and Dr. Matt Whiles discusses the impacts that these amphibian declines have had on stream ecosystems in Panama.

Making Waves Ep. 29

Monday, March 12, 2018
Author: 
Stephen Elser

Making Waves Ep. 29:  Impacts of Stream Eutrophication on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities.  Stephen Cook

In this month's episode, Stephen Cook explains what eutrophication is and why it matters for benthic macroinvertrebrates in streams. He also talks about what it was like to work on a project with direct policy implications.

Making Waves Ep. 28

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Author: 
Julie Kelso

Making Waves Ep. 28: Dissolved Organic Matter: What is it? Dr. Juliana D'Andrilli

This month's podcast is an interview with Dr. Juliana D'Andrilli recorded at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Making Waves Ep. 27

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Author: 
Erin Larson

Making Waves Ep. 27: Animal Migrations and Freshwater Nutrient Subsidies, Dr. Amanda Subalusky

This month’s podcast features Dr. Amanda Subalusky discussing how migrations of large animals can introduce nutrient and energy subsidies into river systems and her research on the importance of subsidies from wildebeests and hippopotamuses to the Mara River in East Africa.

Making Waves Ep. 26

Friday, November 17, 2017
Author: 
Eric Moody

Making Waves Ep. 26: Carbon Fates, Dr. Erin Hotchkiss

This month's podcast features 2016 Hynes Award winner Dr. Erin Hotchkiss discussing her work on the fate of carbon in aquatic ecosystems. 

Making Waves Ep. 25

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Author: 
Erin Larson

Ep. 25: Modeling Environmental DNA Movement in Streams. Dr. Arial Shogren

This month's podcast features Dr. Arial Shogren discussing the challenges and benefits of using environmental DNA as a tool and her research on how particles like it move through streams.

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