011: Ida Naughton: Discovering the Channel Islands through the Fascinating World of Ants

This week I talk to Ida Naughton, a PhD student at UC, San Diego who is studying the diverse ant populations on the Channel Islands. Ida is stationed on the Santa Cruz Island and is staying on the land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Listen to the episode to learn about the amazing colony structures, wacky behaviors, and the overall complexity of one the world’s most industrious creatures.

Part 2: This week I talk to Ida Naughton, a PhD student at UC, San Diego who is studying the diverse ant populations on the Channel Islands. Ida is stationed on the Santa Cruz Island and is staying on the land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Listen to the episode to learn about the questions she’s asking while doing field research, the process of grant writing, and lots more ant facts mixed in between.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with astronomer, Meredith Rawls.

Meredith Rawls talks about her work with a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile set to be finished in 2020 that will take the highest resolution video of the sky so far over the course of a decade. MeredithWe’ll also talk about her work with red giants and how she uses starquakes to understand the mass and make-up of a star. 

You may also like my interview with former Pop Sci writer, Kelsey Atherton.

Kelsey Atherton covers unmanned vehicles and defense technology. First we look at drones and different development projects being worked on as well as current and potential legislation surrounding drones. Then we move into automated technology and discuss moral dilemmas that come with programming machines to think for themselves using an example by MIT called the Moral Machine. 

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