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UnDisciplined: The Morphological Physiologist And The Migration Ecologist

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about movmement, including the ways blue whales move their bodies through the ocean to hunt prey.

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about movement. Our first guest is a scientist whose research is helping us understand the ways the world's largest animal moves its body. Our second guest is a researcher whose recent studies uncover the ways animals are moved as part of complex global trafficking networks. 

Frank Fish is a professor of biology and the head of the Liquid Life Lab at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. 

Emily Millerworks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, where she was the first author on a recent study in the journal Scientific Advances that cultivated 150 years of records to better understand the trade in critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles. 

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 the New York Times best-selling Lifespan with geneticist David Sinclair and the Nautilus Award-winning Longevity Plan with cardiologist John Day. His first solo book, Superlative, looks at what scientists are learning by studying organisms that have evolved in record-setting ways, and his is currently at work on another book about embracing the inevitability of human-caused climate change with an optimistic outlook on the future.