KXCI 91.3 Thesis Thursdays

Explore the local radio mini-program hosted by Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta interviewing environmental science students and researchers on  as they discuss their scientific interests, career goals and favorite music!

Climate Change and Drought Impacts

Master's Student

Listen to Ariel on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original air date: 12/13/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I study soil carbon sequestration in Dr. Joey Blankinship's lab.

I have experience in agriculture, forestry, ecology, international development, politics and social justice. Now, I'm passionate about bringing together these interests together. 

I want to find land-based solutions to address climate change that center people’s livelihoods and well-being.

Critical Zone Science

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Diego on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 6/12/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am an Environmental Science major at the University of Arizona with a focus on Society and the Environment.

I was born and raised in Tucson and have loved attending the University of Arizona for all of the opportunities I have received, like working with the National Phenology Network, a herpetology organization, and being a recipient of the NASA Space Grant.

 My research interests include phenology, herpetology and science communication. 

Doctoral Student

Listen to Yadi on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 10/1/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

In the past four years, I have collaborated with other researchers and explored different topics to find my passion for Environmental Science. I currently work with Dr. Jon Chorover on the Landscape Evolution Observatory in Biosphere 2.

One of my biggest interests is the connection that soil science has to other fields, such as hydrology, microbiology and plant ecology.

In my future, I would like to combine the skills I am learning in this department with my engineering skills and marketing strategies to explore agricultural development with renewable technologies in different industries. 

 

Environmental Quality, Justice and Health

Dual Master's (Environmental Science and Journalism)

Listen to Dominika on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 8/11/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am working towards my dual Master's degrees at the University of Arizona Department of Environmental Science and the School of Journalism. I am part of a research project geared towards discovering possible health effects in the southern Arizona community. 

I am also a physician who has worked for 12 years on the Navajo Reservation. I am very interested in science and health communication and in translating topics in biological, environmental, and medical sciences to the general public. My goal is to use my knowledge in journalism, writing, and multimedia to communicate science issues to the public to instigate effective conversations.

Master's Student

Listen to Iliana on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Escucha a Iliana en KXCI "Thesis Thursday" en Español

Original Air Date: 6/20/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am a second-year graduate student with Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta  and working on a citizen science project called Gardenroots in Nevada County, California.

This project is an assessment of whether preschool-aged children are exposed to arsenic and cadmium through incidental ingestion of soil, consumption of locally grown produce, and inhalation of dust from their school garden and play areas.

Upon graduation, I plan to attend medical school to become a physician so that I cannot only help the environment but also the people who are affected by it. 

Master's Student

Listen to Alma on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Escucha a Alma en KXCI "Thesis Thursday" en Español

Original Air Date: 8/15/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at the age of nine years old. Going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico became a central part of my identity and fuels my drive to work on improving environmental and living conditions for people of both countries.

Being an MS student in Environmental Science at the University of Arizona has given me the opportunity to work on binational environmental and health-related efforts, since the environment knows no borders.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, running, and practicing son jarocho.

Doctoral Student

Listen to AJ on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 7/5/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am originally from Washington, DC and currently work on a citizen science project called Project Harvest in Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta's lab.

My doctoral research focuses on testing water and soil samples for the presence of microbes and contaminants around Tucson. I examine the prevalence of harmful bacteria in community-harvested water (like rain barrels) and how those organisms impact peoples’ health through soil and plants.

Prior to arriving in Tucson, I spent time in the United States Marine Corps and completed my B.S in Geographical Sciences, emphasizing on sustainability and development, at the University of Maryland-College Park. I also spent time mapping and improving the roads and bike share lanes around campus, helping to facilitate a more eco-friendly environment.

After I complete my PhD, I would like to work as an environmental officer in public health or as an environmental lobbyist. 

Doctoral Student (Environmental Science and Anthropology)

Listen to Denise on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 7/18/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I specialize in community-engaged research and partner with those living next to contamination in Arizona in my dissertation work, Voices Unheard. Specifically, I am working to preserve the stories of people living near Superfund sites (one next to the Tucson airport and the second near the Iron King Mine south of Prescott). I want to collect these first-hand histories and then bring them to a broader audience, combining social and environmental science.

I am originally from Ambos Nogales and had the privilege to work for 12 years on border environmental issues before returning to school. I earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a Biology emphasis and a B.A. in Spanish from Northern Arizona University, as well as a M.S. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. I have also mentored graduate students, been a board member of an indigenous magazine and volunteered as a grant reviewer.

Master's Student

Listen to Shana on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 4/11/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am a research specialist and laboratory manager for the department. I have an MS in Environmental Science.

Previously, I worked on evaluating the changes in efficacy, knowledge, and motivations of citizen science programs. I am very interested in the science behind why people participate in these kinds of programs.

I work on Project Harvest with Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, as well as students, and community health workers to make sure everyone involved is positively supported.

Master's Student

Listen to Jesus on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Escucha a Jesus en KXCI "Thesis Thursday" en Español

Original Air Date: 8/23/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am currently pursing my Master's in Environmental Science and after finding my passion for environmental science while receiving my degree in geology at the University of Nevada.

I am very interested in the potential exposure risk that certain communities experience when it comes to hazardous sites and the amount of dust these locations put off. I am also part of Project Harvest with Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, where I study these contaminants in more detail.

I believe that working to get my PhD is in my future, specifically for environmental law to change the way the public sees what is going on in the environment.

Doctoral Student

Listen to Norma on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Escucha a Norma en KXCI "Thesis Thursday" en Español

Original Air Date: 9/20/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am most interested in soil and water sciences in the environment. I have been in several labs throughout my studies: Dr. Jon Chorover's Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants and Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta's lab.

A research project I am involved in right now is called Project Harvest where we research organic pollutants in harvested rainwater.

After I receive my PhD from the University of Arizona, I want to turn my passion - addressing water-related environmental challenges - into a reality. I would like to bring positive changes to this world.

Microbial Ecology

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Brenna on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 1/17/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I work in Dr. Paul Carini's lab where we focus on microbiology and cell cultivation. My job is to make cell food and try to convince hard-to-cultivate organisms to grow.

The more we understand about microbes and how they work in the environment, the better we can work to solve environmental issues, like greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

I grew up in northern Idaho and love all things outdoors, metal and cats. After graduation I would like to do something with bioremediation, a practice that uses microbes to consume and break down environmental pollutants.

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Kristin on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 3/12/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am a currently a senior at the University of Arizona. I have been involved in Dr. Albert Barberan’s lab for a over a year studying the geographical distribution of fungal plant pathogens in particles of dust all across the United States.

After graduation, I would like to gain experience working with environmental science and more research. I ultimately want to create maps and visual representations to make it easier for researchers to do their job.

Outside of school and research I enjoy playing volleyball, drinking coffee, and reading.

Doctoral Student

Listen to Priyanka on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 2/19/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I grew up in India and moved to US in 2011 to pursue my PhD in Biochemistry at Florida International University. My dissertation work was focused on understanding the soil microbial functional capacity in urbanized soils.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Raina Maier and Dr. Julie Neilson to understand the nitrogen dynamics and the related microbial functions in low-nutrient soils of the Sonoran Desert. 

I am a proud recipient of the NIEHS KC Donnelly Fellowship - thus meaning I will be visiting Dr. Schroeder’s lab to learn plant RNA-Seq analysis.

Environmental Science Major 

Listen to Adalee

Original air date: 1/10/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I work in Dr. Albert Barberan's lab, where we focus our research on microbiology and macroecology. Currently, we are working on a year long project about the impact urbanization has on microbial communities right here in Tucson!

I also teach subjects related to science and biodiversity to kids and educational outreach programs to inspire youth to be scientists.

I'm looking to go into graduate school and want to continue with lab work and working in communities directly.

Pollution Dynamics

Doctoral Student

Listen to Sarah on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 10/24/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am currently studying the behavior and transfer of man-made chemicals that contaminate the environment per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in both soil and groundwater.

Before attending the University of Arizona, I went to Portland State University, where I found my passion in environmental sciences and math

My thesis project is a research synthesis of water quality, where I will create a model of a river in Washington.

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Francisco on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Escucha a Francisco en KXCI "Thesis Thursday" en Español

Original Air Date: 8/22/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am an undergraduate student and my favorite research subjects include entomology, ecological and evolutionary biology - especially of insects. 

One of my current projects is examining the presence of organic pollutants in rainwater, and another one focuses on lizards' habitats and behavior. 

I am proud to say that I was selected as part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program which is a program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Its purpose is to equip future conservation leaders with the skills they need to be competitive for future jobs or even graduate school. 

Remediation, Reclamation and Restoration

Master's Student

Listen to Nick on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 10/16/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am a Master's student in the Environmental Science department working on a mine waste detoxification project within the University of Arizona Superfund Research Group. 

My main focus is on how mine waste, especially that of the Superfund site, affects plants and their growth, working with varying plant structures.

In my future, I would like to go into state environmental regulation.

 

Assistant Research Scientist

Listen to David on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 10/29/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I received my Doctorate in from the Department of Environmental Science in 2016.

Now, I am an assistant research scientist in the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory of Dr. Raina Maier.

My research interests focus on the use of biosurfactants (microbially produced surfactants or “soaps”) to develop remediation technologies for metal contamination in water.

Doctoral Student

Listen to Lydia on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 10/17/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

Prior to coming to the University of Arizona, I was a student at California State University. This is where I designed a monitoring project to collect and analyze sediment off the streets for metal pollution. 

Now, I am working with Dr. Raina Maier to figure out what affects soil in the area of biogeochemical indicators. I am also extremely passionate about the great outdoors and getting other people to recognize the importance of our environment.

I am privileged to have received a 2015 National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program award, which is a program that trains students in the subject of science communication.

Biology Major, Plant Science Minor

Listen to Karen on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 7/27/2017

A bit about myself and my research...

I’ve always loved learning about science and that passion has driven me throughout my education and extracurricular activities.

Through the Environmental Health Sciences Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience program, EHS-TRUE, I have been studying progress of soil reclamation specifically on re-vegetated mining sites in Dr. Raina Maier s Environmental Microbiology lab.

After completing my bachelor’s, I plan to attend medical school and specialize in integrative medicine. 

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Lia on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 9/18/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Tucson's desert is what initially inspired me to go into the field of environmental science.

I have worked in Dr. Raina Maier's Environmental Microbiology Research Group for two years, studying all of the aspects that affect the biogeochemical composition of the soil.

After I receive my bachelor's degree, I plan on graduate school so that I can continue learning about the environment, specifically agriculture and soil. 

Teaching, Communication and Journalism

Journalism Major, Environmental Science Minor

Listen to Marissa on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 9/5/2018

A bit about myself and my research...

I am a senior in the Honors College at the University of Arizona, majoring in journalism and minoring in environmental science. 

I love writing, but what I love most is communicating important science events and happenings to the public. I am the science communicator for the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program, managing editor at the Daily Wildcat and I have produced a documentary on modern zoos in fall 2017.

In my future, I would like to work for a small newspaper company that strives to disseminate science-related information to the community.

Film & Television Major, Environmental Science Minor

Listen to Ramani on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 2/14/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am currently working on creating videos as supplemental educational media for Project Harvest, a citizen science project focused on increasing public environmental science knowledge, including video guides for sample collection methodologies.

I am also working on the oral history project Voices Unheard where I document the untold stories of individuals living near Superfund sites. I enjoy examining how proper application of a film can be used to spread awareness of environmental issues.

Environmental Science Marketing & Communications Program Coordinator

Listen to Caroline on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 4/11/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I have an M.S. in Freshwater Systems and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I found my love for research and science. I also enjoy the communicative aspect of science, which is why I am in the position I am now. 

My published paper from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was dealing with the nutrient cycling of invasive mussel species, specifically in Lake Michigan. 

One big communications project right now is developing and managing the Department of Environmental Science website to showcase more of the student and faculty.

Environmental Science Major

Listen to Chloe on KXCI Thesis Thursday

Original Air Date: 1/3/2019

A bit about myself and my research...

I am participating in a learning researching program to help professors align their tasks with their learning objectives by studying student responses and creating reports. The goal is to make sure students graduate with the knowledge they need to do transformative work.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book outside or binge-watching Netflix.

In the future, I hope to use my degree to help create more sustainable practices that can benefit future generations and support healthier lifestyles.