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.


74 Pieces

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Dawn Davis of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho studies the sustainability of ethno-significant plants. Her work is trying to deter p...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 20:45
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This week we talk with Reagan Wytsalucy about traditional foods on the Colorado Plateau. Reagan is actively working to reestablish agriculture and ...

  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 20:51
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Aquatic insects can be used as bio-indicators of how a river’s ecosystem is doing. In the case of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, the...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 20:03
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With about 30% of homes lacking pipe water, and a little over 30% without electricity, it is critical to understand the precipitation network on th...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 20:33
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Reading a snowpack can be as much art as it is science. We talk with Eric Trenbeath, avalanche forecaster for the USFS Utah Avalanche Center for th...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 21:09
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Colleen Cooley grew up in Shą́ą́ʼtóhí, a small community located on the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona. She guides on the San Juan and Green Ri...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 18:58
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Tribal communities are working on their own terms and with their own knowledge system to address and create resiliency to the coming changes. We t...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2021
  • Length: 04:31
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The Colorado Plateau is host to many environmental contaminants, both natural and man-made. These dangerous substances can find their way into wat...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 20:44
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Traditional knowledge systems that contain regenerative relationships with the land have been in place for generations on the Colorado Plateau. Wit...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2021
  • Length: 21:16
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Biogeography is the distribution of life within and around landforms. In a large deep canyon, that distribution is influenced by the elevation and...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 21:34
  • Purchases: 2
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In the red rock deserts of the southwest, there is little soil to absorb rainfall. It usually runs off the rock to the lowest point which is commo...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2021
  • Length: 19:33
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“Leave No Trace” is not a new concept for most outdoor enthusiasts but the LNT recommendations for engaging with the outdoors are always updating a...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2021
  • Length: 23:32
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Monsoons in the desert southwest rely on a seasonal wind shift to occur. They don’t always materialize. When they come, though, the drastic chang...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2021
  • Length: 17:39
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As the number of climbers grows across the country, so does the number of climbing visitors to Indian Creek (San Juan County, UT). Concern is risi...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 19:05
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The invasive quagga mussel found its way into Lake Powell in 2012. This rapidly spreading nuisance species is affecting the lake’s ecology, namely...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 20:05
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The unique ecosystem of Southwestern Utah includes bits of the Mojave Desert, the Colorado Plateau, and the Great Basin. Here you can find 18 of t...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 21:21
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The sheer number of recreationists in southern Utah has brought the subject of human waste in the backcountry to a head. The Southeast Utah Health...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2021
  • Length: 19:00
  • Purchases: 1
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There are lots of different forms of knowledge, from place-based, community knowledge to science in laboratories. When this wide diversity of under...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 18:21
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Soil mapping involves interpreting landscapes, how soil changes across it, and a bit of art to represent repeatable patterns in a map. The mapping...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 18:29
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When dinosaurs roamed the earth, Southeast Utah was a coastal paradise. Dinosaurs flourished in this utopia in numbers and variety of species unli...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2021
  • Length: 19:42
  • Purchases: 1