Science Moab

Series produced by KZMU Moab Community Radio

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Image by: Buddy Hill & Kristina Young 

A radio show exploring the science and learning about the scientists from the Colorado Plateau

Science Moab is a weekly half-hour program exploring current research going on within the Colorado Plateau and beyond, the show includes interviews with scientists about the fascinating research they are conducting in our area. Host and producer Kristina Young explores basic ideas behind various scientific topics, the kinds of research that scientists do to answer their questions, and how current research can help us understand our changing world. Science topics span ecology, geology, chemistry, archaeology, hydrology, and any other -ology that might come our way.


42 Pieces

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Sixty years after its creation, Lake Powell faces an uncertain future with increasing drought and limited runoff into the Colorado River Basin. He...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2020
  • Length: 30:00
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The Colorado Plateau has a long history of uranium mining. That history is especially apparent within the Navajo Nation, which has hundreds of aban...

  • Added: May 25, 2020
  • Length: 28:16
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There is a lot of Western science happening here on the Colorado Plateau but there is also long-held Indigenous knowledge that is centered on knowi...

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  • Added: May 12, 2020
  • Length: 30:26
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Wildfires often result in increased flooding of an area. We talk with Natalie Gillard, a graduate student in watershed sciences at Utah State Univ...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2020
  • Length: 25:44
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Outcrops of Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation in Grand County, Utah contain dinosaur fauna found nowhere else in the world. We talk with Dr. Jam...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2020
  • Length: 26:09
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The Colorado River Basin has experienced incredibly large flood events in the past. Present-day river deposits can be used to understand the size a...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 28:11
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Traditional ecological knowledge(s) are knowledge systems held by Indigenous peoples. They are long-held sets of knowledge and awarenesses about th...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 28:37
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Birds rely on riparian areas of SE Utah and the Colorado Plateau and as the ecosystems change along the banks of these rivers, there is real impact...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 27:51
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Natural shifts in light and dark are critical to all forms of life. We talk with naturalist and dark skies advocate Crystal White about what darkn...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 25:11
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Changes are happening in plant communities in deserts of the Colorado Plateau and around the world. We speak with Dr. Steve Archer from the Univer...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 24:40
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Natural springs have long been centers of biodiversity and cultural significance. We speak with David Sabata who recently completed his masters d...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2019
  • Length: 25:01
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We speak with author/journalist Jonathan Thompson about mining history in SW Colorado and its impacts on rivers. His book “River of Lost Souls: t...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 27:58
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We speak with Allison Stegner who is a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University. She studies small mammals as a way to understand present a...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2019
  • Length: 26:41
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This show explores the social and ecological impacts of climbing in the Indian Creek Area, Utah. We talk with Zeke Baker and Steve Fick. Zeke is a...

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  • Added: May 19, 2019
  • Length: 26:55
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The understanding of snow...the various ways it falls from the sky and how it is transformed on the ground is critical to being safe in the backcou...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 23:44
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The world that existed when dinosaurs roamed the Moab area was vastly different than the world today . We talk with Dr. John Foster, a paleontologi...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 24:09
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Drought is impacting the plants that are growing around Moab and the Colorado Plateau. Here we talk to Alix Pfennigwerth, a former biologist with t...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2019
  • Length: 25:48
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Deserts are characterized by having limited amounts of water. The plants that live in these dry climates are there because the soil holds onto just...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 25:00
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The impacts of climate change can be complicated and far reaching. Here we are speak with Ryan Choi about the influence that climate change has on ...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2019
  • Length: 18:17
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Unexplored caves can store a wealth of information about the past. Here we talk with Dr. Tim Heaton who studies the Ice Age mammals found in caves....

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2018
  • Length: 28:24
  • Purchases: 1