Gunslingers of the Sea

Prosanta Chakrabarty studies ichthyology, specifically fishes & evolution. But we don’t think he ever looked into one of the loudest animals in the ocean. What if we told you that that animal is… a shrimp? Check out this Third Pod episode w/Joe Haxel to learn more:

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Chasing Narwhals, Unicorns of the Sea

Prosanta Chakrabarty studies ichthyology, specifically fishes & evolution. But we don’t think he ever looked into unicorns (of the sea, that is). Part of biologist Kristin Laidre’s job is to track down narwhals – not a bad gig. We talked to her about her job on Third Pod:

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Habitability and the Evolution of Life Under Our Magnetic Shield

Sharmila Bhattacharya describes her job as the Program Director of Space Biology at NASA as “figuring out how to keep astronauts alive in space” (that’s wrong find the actual quote). One thing that keeps us safe here on Earth: the Earth’s magnetic field- but at the moment it is poorly understood. This Eos article discusses…

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Tests Indicate Which Edible Plants Could Thrive on Mars

Sharmila Bhattacharya’s job as the Program Director of Space Biology at NASA is to figure out how to keep astronauts safe in space. Undergraduate students of Edward Guinan at Villanova University are studying similar things, as they work on figuring out which plants can survive on Mars.

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Can Microbes Survive Multiple Trips into the Stratosphere?

You don’t have to be the Program Director of Space Biology at NASA like Sharmila Bhattacharya to research how biological organisms survive in space. This Eos article highlights a group of high school students who sent microbes up into the atmosphere to potentially see how life on other planets survive in extreme conditions.

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Rafael Loureiro on Space Plants

Sharmila Bhattacharya is the Program Director of Space Biology at NASA Headquarters. If you want to learn more about space biologists, check out this old Sci & Tell episode with Rafael Loureiro, a self-proclaimed “space botanist.”

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Third Pod Live: Anthony Rapp

If Sharmila Bhattacharya wasn’t a scientist, she would’ve wanted to work in theatre- maybe she would’ve been telling science fiction stories! If you’re curious about the intersection of science and storytelling, check out this Third Pod episode with Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, where he discusses how one portrays science on screen.

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AGU Sharing Science

In her Sci & Tell episode, Sharmila Bhattacharya talks about the importance of science communications in helping people understand scientific data no matter what their background is. Need some help communicating your work to others? Check out AGU’s Sharing Science resources.

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