Episode 97: The Ambitious Crossover of Maths and Biology

Tune in to hear Olly and Niamh chat with Dr Shane Richards about the most exciting crossover in history: mathematical biology!

Dr Shane Richards is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania and helps us explore how scientists can create statistical models of animal behaviour using data they are able to collect in order to predict patterns of the natural world around us. It’s impossible to know everything, but mathematical biology can sure help us fill in a lot of the gaps.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 96: When too much nature can be bad

Tune in to hear Mibu and Niamh chat about the complexity of beauty products with Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin Beauty Science.

Michelle has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry (medicinal chemistry), and uses her science know-how to interpret skincare and beauty ingredients in a simplistic way, so you can make informed choices as to what chemicals you are putting on your skin.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 95: Fluids behaving badly: the maths of fluid flow

Join Niamh as she chats with our newest co-host (and applied mathematician) Dr Sophie Calabretto. Sophie is a fluid mechanist who uses maths to help us understand why fluids flow the way they do, knowledge that has the potential to impact fields like aerodynamics, climate science, health, and industry.

Tune in to find out what pendulums have to do with predicting the weather, what it takes to be a good mathematician, and why we need supercomputers to solve a million-dollar problem.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 94: Future Scientists and Climate Change

Check out this Youth takeover with Hannah, Phoebe, Eli and Eleni from Mount Carmel College as they grill Dr Penny Jones on how climate change can affect our health and whether we’re doing enough to stop it!

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) and Hannah, Phoebe, Eli and Eleni from Mount Carmel College
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 93: Future Scientists and Space

Assisted by regular co-host Meredith, this episode featured youth hosts Zoe, Darcy and Hwee-Lin from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School interviewing Astrophysicist Karlie Noon. The girls explore the science of space and Indigenous astronomy.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), Meredith Castles (@MeredithCastles) and Zoe, Darcy and Hwee-Lin from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 92: Future Scientists and Food Safety

Assisted by regular co-host Hannah, featured youth hosts Isabella, Ruby and Allegra from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School interview Dr John Bowman. The girls explore how microbes differ from other organisms, characteristics of microbes, and where they can be found as well as food safety and its importance in a changing climate.

Host Niamh also talked to leader of digital content at St. Michael’s Collegiate, Anna Abela, about the school’s perspective on youth workshops.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), and Isabella, Ruby and Allegra from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 91: Dynamic Devils and Moving Mammals

We ask behavioural Ecologist David Hamilton how and why the Devil Facial Tumour Disease spreads through devil populations. We also find out how the Tasmanian Devil got its name and ask if we should ship our Devils to the mainland and welcome Koalas to our island.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Credit: Robbie McDonald

Episode 90: Food facts with Dr Emma Beckett!

Niamh interviewed Dr Emma Beckett from the University of Newcastle. Emma is a prominent scientist and famed for sharing her food facts themed with her clothes every day on Twitter (@synapse101). Niamh and Emma get into the nitty gritty of how researchers are trying to figure out if we really are what we eat.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 89: Eagles and engineering

Have you ever seen reflecting devices on power lines or birds perched above the lines? These engineering solutions are part of a push towards sustainability in the power system to reduce the risk that threatened birds, like the Wedge-tailed Eagle, will be injured by the power lines. Listen to this episode to learn more about the risk mitigation approaches and engineering practices which TasNetworks takes with guests Mandy Fish and Thomas Webster, and to learn more about what you can do to support this sustainability effort.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Image credit: Dean Hohn

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

Episode 88: Space Tech: Exploring Mars

Mars, The Red Planet, the 4th Rock from The Sun…it has captured the imaginations of generations of humans and is now being explored by robots who are discovering amazing things about our closest planetary neighbour. Meredith and Niamh talk technology, Rovers and space exploration in this week’s episode with Griffith University’s Professor Paulo de Souza.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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