Researchers do a lot. They pose questions, collect data, and analyze the evidence to find answers. Science is designed to remove personal bias and subjectivity, but scientists are human and by nature have thoughts, feelings and emotions. So what’s it like when they’re not working? Our special guests will share their stories of what happens in between the science and their personal lives.
About our guests
Jacquelyn Fitzgerald is a Research Assistant at North Carolina State University, where she works in Dr. Rebecca Irwin’s pollination ecology lab. Her past research has included work on the effects of climate change on insect communities, rare native plants, and the dynamics of high elevation algae.
Kaberi Kar Gupta is an interdisciplinary scientist and educator as well as the founder and principal scientist of the Urban Slender Loris Project. She possesses a wide range of training and research experience in Citizen Science, community based conservation, behavioral and habitat ecology, conservation biology, ecological leadership, political ecology and teaching in the US and in India.
Madhusudan Katti studies how human activities shape habitats for other species in cities, and how other species respond and adapt to human influences, from remote mountain wilderness in India to the sprawl of Fresno, California. He uses approaches from evolutionary ecology to understand the dynamic interactions between humans and nature in urban contexts and to seek ways to reconcile human development with biodiversity conservation.
Paul Brinkman is the head of the History of Science Research Lab and Curator of Special Collections at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He specializes in late 19th and early 20th century natural sciences, especially geology and vertebrate paleontology. He is also interested in the history of museums; the spread of science from Europe to the New World; the trans-Atlantic exchanges of specimens and ideas; and the life and work of Charles Darwin.