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LSS98: Effect of Urbanization on Evolution of Squirrel Coat Color; Science Communication Workshops


In today’s show, we speak with Dr. Brad Cosentino, Associate Professor of Biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

He is the lead researcher on a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how urbanization may affect the evolution of coat color in the Eastern Gray Squirrel.

Listeners can learn more about the grant by visiting this link:

Citizen scientists (yes, that’s you) can take part in the study by visiting


Jason Chang and attendees of ComSciCon-SciWri2019
(photo courtesy of Jason Chang)

In the second part of the show, Candice Limper covers a recent virtual science writing conference held specifically for graduate students and post doctoral fellows who would like to learn more about science communication. She spoke with Jason Chang, a graduate student in the Cornell Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, about the event, called ComSciCon-SciWri2020.

To learn more about the Com Sci Con, the Communicating Science workshop for Graduate Students, visit:


Show Producer: Esther Racoosin

Host: Jeff Pea

Interview of Dr. Brad Cosentino: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Jason Chang: Candice Limper

Music: Joe Lewis; Blue Dot Sessions

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