Episode 120: Environmental Engineering

Join Sarah and Niamh while they talk to environmental engineer Robyn Bussey.  Robyn’s diverse experiences shows the range and scope of work in the environmental engineering, from runways and infrastructure projects to wastewater and wetlands. Discover what you can do to ensure environmental concerns are at the forefront of engineering projects.  

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)

Co-Host: Sarah Lyden

Production: Sarah Lyden

Media & Promotion:  Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics),  Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah), Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 119: Biostatistics: it’s good for the heart

How can we use data to assess cardiovascular risk in Australia?

This week, Niamh and Sophie talk to biostatistician and public health researcher Dr Karen Lamb about the design, analysis, and reporting of medical research in Australia.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)
Co-Host: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics)

Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)

Media & Promotion: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys), Mibu Fischer (@miburose), Kelsey Picard (KelseyOnScience)

Episode 118: Family History Piecing together the past

Convict ancestry, adoption and skeletons in the closet, find out about the tensions and joys of delving into your family’s past, along with the resources that State Libraries Tasmania have to offer, in preparation for family history month in August!

Kate Johnson and Niamh Chapman interview Archivist, Dr Alicia Marchant and family history researcher Beverley Morritt from Libraries Tasmania about Genealogy (Family History) in all its complexities!

Host: Niamh Chapman and Kate Johnson

Production: Sarah Lyden

Promotion: Kate Johnson, Mibu Fischer, Kelsey Picard

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Episode 117: By the by-catch: mitigation and risk

By the by-catch, it’s more possible to reduce the harmful side effects of commercial fishing than you might have previously thought!

This week, Dr Sheryl Hamilton talks to Niamh and Olly about her work researching mitigation techniques for reducing marine mammal bycatch in commercial fishing gear. She also regales us with tales of her vast experience in monitoring wild marine animal populations, including a few sneaky seabirds hiding under ground.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)
Co-Host: Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Production: Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics), Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah), Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 116: Fisheries, freezers & forensics

Do you understand how commercial fisheries are monitored? Mibu Fischer and Niamh Chapman chat with Dr Madi Green about her efforts in assisting the commercial fishing sector to monitor fisheries catch to better understand world fish stocks. 

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)
Co-Host: Mibu Fischer (@miburose)

Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)

Media & Promotion: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys), Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics), Mibu Fischer (@miburose)

Episode 115: Tremendous Turbo Chooks

Native hens, turbo chooks, whatever you know them as they are a distinctive character in the Tasmanian landscape, but despite their abundance, their populations on Maria Island are shrinking.  

Kate Johnson and Niamh Chapman interview PhD student Lucile Leveque from the University of Tasmania to learn about her research into the factors that are contributing to their decline.

Host: Niamh Chapman and Kate Johnson

Production: Sarah Lyden

Promotion: Kate Johnson, Hannah McCleary, Kelsey Picard

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Episode 114: Putting pressure on gut health

The importance of good bacteria in our gut may be more important than ever. Dr Niamh Chapman talks to Associate Professor Francine Marques from Monash University about how gut health impacts heart health and what we could do to harness the important role of the gut to prevent heart attack and stroke. 

Host: Niamh Chapman

Production: Meredith Castles

Promotion: Kate Johnson, Mibu Fischer, Kelsey Picard

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Episode 113: The buzz around bee health

One third of the world’s food production relies on bee pollination. There is global concern that agricultural sprays may be negatively affecting bee health and foraging behavior. 

Kelsey Picard and Niamh Chapman interview PhD student Meng Yong Lim from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and learn about how the bees gut microbiome may be affecting their foraging behaviour and overall health. 

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Kelsey Picard (@KelseyOnScience)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles), Olly Dove (@littledove440) & Sarah Lyden
Media & Promotion: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics), Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 112: Heart health and fitness

Ever wondered how fitness and exercise actually benefit health?

This episode, Dr Niamh Chapman talks fitness, heart health and more with guests Dr Rachel Climie and Dr Martin Shultz, exercise physiologists and researchers.

Listen to find out all about fitness, heart health, blood pressure and the benefits of becoming physically active today!

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440) & Sarah Lyden
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 111: Ecological decision science

When, where and what action should we take in order to maximise the impact of our biodiversity conservation efforts?

This week, Niamh and Sophie speak to mathematician Dr Kate Helmstedt about using decision science for biodiversity conservation, and how mathematics is being used to understand ecosystems, how we interact with them, and how they should be managed.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles), Olly Dove (@littledove440) & Sarah Lyden
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_), Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)