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.


52 Pieces

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The humpback chub have been swimming in the wild and turbulent waters of the Colorado River Basin for 3 million years. They have been endangered s...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 17:46
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Science and conservation in the United States are made up of primarily white scientists and Western ways of thinking. This is something that Sergio...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 19:32
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The Bears Ears region is a place held sacred to Native people across the Colorado Plateau. It’s also a place that has a complicated history with We...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2021
  • Length: 17:11
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Arches are always vibrating. The unique size and shape of each arch produces a unique wave frequency that it vibrates at. We talk with Jeff Moore...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 18:22
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The Colorado River Basin provides water for communities across the West, from the Front Range of Colorado to the coast of California. Increase in ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 14:52
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In Moab, climate change has greatly reduced the size of the wetlands and many of the mosquitoes’ natural predators that used to live there have als...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 18:10
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Biological soil crusts—mosses, lichens, and bacteria that live on the surface of dryland soils—perform crucial functions in desert ecosystems. Some...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 23:11
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When it comes to arid climates, junipers are some of the toughest trees around. But in the past two years, southeastern Utah has seen huge swathes ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2020
  • Length: 21:03
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A unique combination of events came together at the end of Permian time (250 million years ago)that resulted in the extinction of more the 90% of l...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2020
  • Length: 31:05
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Extreme heat can be dangerous and is often called the "silent killer". We talk with Kirsten Goldstein, a grad student at Utah State University in ...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 23:58
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

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  • Added: May 25, 2020
  • Length: 28:16
  • Purchases: 1
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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
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • 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
  • Purchases: 2