Undisciplined: The Sports Media Analyst And The Research Ecologist

Mar 12, 2020

An Eagles fan cheering in the stands in the final quarter of the Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis MN
Credit Lorie Shaull, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about the impact of sports on human behavior and impact of chaos on plants, with guests whose fields couldn’t be more different. Or, at least, that’s what it looks like at first.

Joining us this week from Provo, Utah, where he is an associate professor of journalism at Brigham Young University, is Kris Boyle. His recent study, in the Journal of Sports Media, examined the types of sports fans who engage in online sports discussion forums — and proposes three distinct groups of people who account for the majority of participation. 

And also with us is Leslie Forero. Her research as a PhD student at Utah State University has honed in on diversity-productivity relationships in ecology, and her recent study on the really important differences between greenhouse and field-measured plant-soil feedbacks was recently published in Frontiers in Environmental Science.