Research that Resonates is a podcast from Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that takes listeners inside labs and classrooms to learn about important research our students are conducting alongside faculty mentors. For our first miniseries, we focused on sustainability. Villanova teams are researching some of the most critical issues affecting the planet today, including renewable energy, rising sea levels and climate change.
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Episode 1: Alternative Fuel Sources
Photosynthesis seems to be a beautiful, natural process where plants harness the sun’s energy and make fuel. Jared Paul, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, is interested in understanding what’s happening at the chemical level during this process. In this episode, Dr. Paul and his students Claire Teahan '19 CLAS, Diane Isaacs '19 MS explain how their research could lead to developing alternative fuels sources.
Episode 2: Can Nature Adapt? The Phenomenon of Mangroves
Mangroves are forests that line the coasts, primarily in tropical climates like Florida. They provide flood protection and other important benefits to the environment, but as a result of the earth’s warming temperatures, these mangroves are moving northward. Seemingly, the mangroves are adapting to climate change. Samantha Chapman, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biology, along with students Libby O’Brien '19 CLAS and Emily Geoghegan '19 MS explain the implications of this phenomenon.
Episode 3: Caring for Coastal Ecosystems
Coastal wetlands are sometimes called the kidneys of Earth’s ecosystems because of their ability to filter out pollutants, but increasingly they are coping with two major risk factors—rising sea levels and land use change. Nathaniel Weston, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, along with students Lloyd Willis ’20 CLAS and Kristen Jezycki ’19 MS talk about how coastal wetlands are responding to a changing world.
This photo is an aerial view of the mangrove marshes in Florida.