UnDisciplined: The Tropical Ecologist And The Microbiologist

May 24, 2019

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about scientific puzzles. For instance, why is it that hundreds of tree species can exist within a single acre of rainforest, but the same species is almost never found next to itself?

Or, here's another one: Why is it that individual animals from the same species — dogs, for instance — can exhibit such tremendously different traits when it comes to aggressiveness?

Our guests might just have these questions answered. 

We're joined first by Dale Forrister, a doctoral candidate at the University of Utah who just scored his first-ever first authorship of a paper in the journal Science. In that paper, he and his colleagues propose a partial solution to the question of why similar species rarely grow next to one another in tropical forests. 

Also joining us, from Oregon State University, where she is also a doctoral candidate, is Nicole Kirchoff. She also just scored her first-ever first authorship of a paper that explores the relationship between the aggressiveness of dogs and the microbes in their guts.