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UnDisciplined: The Microbiologist And The Marine Fisheries Ecologist

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Microbiologist Karen Lloyd's quest to understand microbes, carbon, and the deep Earth took her into an active volcano.

This week on UnDisiplined, we're joined for the second time by Karen Lloyd, whose work is helping us understand the relationship between microbes, carbon, and the deep Earth. 

We'll also be joined by Marcus Drymon of Mississippi State University, a marine fisheries ecologist whose recent work has been getting a lot of attention. 

Matthew LaPlante has reported on ritual infanticide in Northern Africa, insurgent warfare in the Middle East, the legacy of genocide in Southeast Asia, and gang violence in Central America. But a few years back, something donned on him: Maybe the news doesn't have to be brutally depressing all the time. Today, he balances his continuing work on more heartbreaking subjects by writing books about the intersection of science, human health and society, including Inheritance with geneticist Sharon Moalem and the Nautilus Award-winning Longevity Plan with cardiologist John Day. His forthcoming book, Superlative, will look at what scientists are learning by studying organisms that have evolved in record-setting ways.