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LSS 66: Elephants, Gorillas, and Gardens

In this episode of Locally Sourced Science, contributor Candice Limper speaks with Dr. Daniela Hedwig.  She is the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 

Dr. Hedwig works in the Bioacoustics Research Program in the Elephant Listening Project.  In the first part of this interview, Dr. Hedwig first talks about her Ph.D. research on the vocal behavior of gorillas in the Central African Republic.    In the second part of the interview, she discusses her research on the vocalization of forest elephants in the rainforests of the Congo Basin. 

Two elephants observed by Dr. Hedwig
Two elephants observed by Dr. Hedwig

For more information about the Elephant Listening Project, go to: http://elephantlisteningproject.org/forest-elephants/

Also in this episode, Esther Racoosin visits the Annual Trials Garden at the Cornell Botanic Gardens.  She speaks with Kendra Hutchins, program coordinator for the Cornell Annual Flower Trials, and Dr. William Miller, research director of the trials. 

For more information about the annual trials garden, go to: https://blogs.cornell.edu/trialgardens/.

LSS 65: LSS visits Shoals Marine Laboratory Pt.2

In this second episode of the Shoals Marine Laboratory series, Mark Sarvary visited White and Seavey islands to talk to the Tern conservation team about their research. Mark and co-instructor Kitty Gifford took Applied Science Communication students to the islands where they had a chance to handle the seabirds and these students briefly reflected on their experiences.

In the late 19th century Appledore Island was an artist colony, and Celia Thaxter’s garden was the center of this colony. What happened to this garden since then? Mark Sarvary investigates it in this episode.

The hosts, Laura Mortelliti and Jasmin Mack received a quick visit from Lindsey Baxter of the Harrington Lab, and she spoke about a new Citizen Science project, identifying Asian Tiger Mosquitos. Those who are interested in being involved should visit the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases​​.

LSS 64: LSS visits Shoals Marine Laboratory

Your hosts, Laura Mortelliti, Jasmine Mack, and Mark Sarvary discuss science and art, and visit the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine to talk to Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Seavey about research, education, art, science and much more.

Hannah Weinstein interviewed the artist in residence, Barrett McDevitt (www.barrettmcdevitt.com) who painted on the island for two weeks and visited science classes to connect science and art.

This is the first episode of the Shoals Marine Laboratory series.#ShoalsStories #SciArt

Contributors: Laura Mortelliti, Jasmine Mack, Mark Sarvary

Producer: Mark Sarvary

Music: Show Theme by Joe Lewis, Cêcê Giannotti.

LSS 63: Pollinators

Locally-Sourced Science contributor Esther Racoosin speaks to Dr. Robert Raguso, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University.  

Dr. Raguso studies floral scent, which is an important component of plant-pollinator interactions.  During this interview, he discusses the behavior of hawkmoths, which gather nectar from night-flowering plants.  Investigators in Dr. Raguso’s lab have found that hawkmoths are attracted to not only different types of scents, but also other molecules secreted by flowers.

Did you know that honeybees are considered to be livestock? Honeybees are the most commonly raised insect and the only insect in the U.S. that provides food for humans at a large scale. In many parts of the world, beekeepers already work with veterinarians to keep their hives healthy, and now the U.S. is catching up. Keeping managed bee hives healthy also can stop the spread of diseases to wild pollinators. 

In honor of pollinators week, Patricia Waldron talked with Dr. Robin Radcliffe, a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches a honeybee health course to veterinary students.

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Photo:  Manduca hawkmoth visiting Datura flower, courtesy of Dr. Robert Raguso.