Climbing trees is every kid's right of passage, but climbing a 200-foot coastal redwood tree is something else altogether. Yet that's exactly what master tree climbing instructor Tim Kovar and redwood biologist Cameron Williams with the Department of Integrative Biology at UC-Berkeley, will be doing in late March.
The Graduates, the talk show that features interviews with U.C. Berkeley graduate students about their work here on campus, debuts on Tuesday, April 8th, at 9:00am. Hosted by Tesla Monson, 2nd year graduate student in the Hlusko Lab, Department of Integrative Biology, The Graduates focuses on communicating graduate student research to the public, with a special emphasis on informing students, at the high school and undergraduate level, about ways to get involved in science.
Nicholas Matzke, a graduate student in Professor John Huelsenbeck's lab, is the focus of a recent Berkeley NewsCenter article on his research estimating the dates when bacteria invaded early one-celled eukaryotes, a process which led to a symbiotic relationship that resulted in today's mitochondria (in animals) and chloroplasts (in plants).
Growing up in land-locked Colorado, my childhood experiences involved more snowmen than sand-castles. Although my interactions with the ocean were limited, my fascination with the marine world grew exponentially with every exposure. After becoming SCUBA certified at the age of 15, diving became an integral part of my life, leading me to become an instructor in Zanzibar, Tanzania. After living in Africa and Australia, I conducted research on artificial coral reef systems in Indonesia, assessing the relationship between structural characteristics and diversity.