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LSS 109: Women in Paleontology; City Nature Challenge

Dr. M. Alejandra Gandolfo, a paleontologist depicted in the “Daring to Dig” exhibit. Photo taken at a field research site in Argentina.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Gandolfo)

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Museum of the Earth has opened an exhibit called “Daring to Dig, Women in American Paleontology”.

The exhibit explores the achievements, adventures, and discoveries made by women in American paleontology over the past few centuries.

In today’s show, you’ll hear an interview of Kate Rowell, the organizer of the new exhibit.

For more information about the exhibit, visit

Volunteer Lucy Gagliardo searches for snails
in leaf litter during 2017 Bioblitz
at the Cayuga Nature Center

Later on in the show, we speak with Dr. Alexandra Moore, Senior Education Associate at the Paleontological Research Institution. She discusses how citizen scientists can get involved in the City Nature Challenge, an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe.

The local City Nature Challenge is taking place in the Eastern Finger Lakes region from April 30 to May 3. Anyone can participate! For more information about how to take part in this local “bioblitz”, visit:

Producer and Interview of Dr. Alexandra Moore: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Kate Rowell: Dr. Anna Levina

Music: Joe Lewis and Blue Dot Sessions

LSS 92: Citizen Science Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Water20.tif by NRCS Montana is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

In today’s show, you’ll hear about two citizen science projects that are happening in our area.

First off, Liz Mahood speaks with Nathaniel Launer, outreach coordinator at the Community Science Institute, also known as CSI.  He will describe ongoing citizen science projects involving monitoring of local bodies of water.

For more information about Community Science Institute synoptic stream sampling, go to: 

Dr. Emma Greig (photo courtesy of Dr. Greig)

After that, you’ll hear Jeff Pea’s interview of Dr. Emma Greig.  She is the project leader at Project Feeder Watch based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  She describes how Project Feeder watch works and how the project concluded with an extra month this past season as the pandemic started to spread across North America.

For more information about Project Feeder Watch, visit:

Mural painted at “Plants Have Families Too” Judy’s Day, September 2018 (photo courtesy of Raylene Ludgate, Cornell Botanic Gardens).

To close out the show, we present an interview about a new, remote youth education program being run this August by the Cornell Botanic Garden.  It is called “Plants Have Families, Too”, and will provide materials to kids ages 8 to 11 so that they can get outside and learn about plant families.  Cornell Botanic Gardens hopes that this program will inspire young students to become budding scientists. To learn more, visit:


Producer: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Nathaniel Launer: Liz Mahood

Interview of Dr. Emma Grieg: Jeff Pea

Interview about “Plants have Families Too”: Esther Racoosin

Music: Joe Lewis, Blue Dot Sessions, Ben Jordan