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Tangentially Speaking

490 – Christa Seidl (Biology Researcher: Endangered Species)

By August 17, 2021One Comment

Christa is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, researching endangered species and the stressors on ecosystems that lead to extinction events. She schools me on everything from evolutionary theory to the fascinating worlds of viruses and bacteria to what it’s like to hang from tall trees in Madagascar. My favorite kind of podcast: a chance encounter leads to a surprising conversation with a very smart person. I’ve got the best job in the world!

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  • That was a fascinating conversation with a person who’s already had enough wild experiences to fill several lifetimes, at such a young age.

    One question I would have asked Christa is her thoughts with regards to the suggestion made by some scientists to eradicate malaria by genetically modifying the mosquitos using CRISPR technology.

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