This episode is the next in our oral history series, In Their Own Words. These pieces chronicle the stories of scientists who have made great contributions to their fields, particularly within the biological sciences. Each month, we will publish in the pages of BioScience, and on this podcast, the results of these conversations. Today we are joined by Dr. Gregory Anderson, who is with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He previously served as president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences
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By the end of the present century, more than 80% of humans are expected to live in urban centers. This shift away from rural and agrarian living highlights the growing importance of urban ecosystems, as well as these landscapes' implications for ecology and sustainability.
In this episode of BioScience Talks, we're joined by Dr. Steward Pickett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, who describes the theoretical underpinnings of the long-running Baltimore Ecosystem Study, as well as the ways in which knowledge gained from this research is translated into real-world sustainability improvements.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, efforts to provide adequate testing and healthcare have at times been stymied by shortages of medical supplies. To help address one such shortage, a team at the University of Louisville designed a novel 3D-printed swab made of a pliable resin material.
In this episode of BioScience Talks, we're joined by Dr. Gerald Grant, who describes the process by which such tools are developed and manufactured, as well as their potential to quickly fill this and other gaps in the medical supply chain.