"Life evolves through collaboration. Science should too."
In this pilot episode, Cole and his guests discuss the importance of collaboration as an evolutionary driver and explore ways that transdisciplinary teams of scientists can mimic nature, evolving the way research is done.
Nina Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at Penn State. Director of Penn State’s Center for Human Evolution and Diversity, Jablonski is known for her research into the evolution of human skin color. She is deeply engaged in public education about human evolution, human diversity, and racism, and is involved in the launch of a new genetics and genealogy curriculum to be featured on PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Andrew Read is Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State. Read’s research focuses on the ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease, particularly pathogen evolution-related issues that may harm human health such as antibiotic and vaccine resistance.
Cristina Rosa is Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State. Rosa studies the interaction of plant viruses with their plant hosts and the insects that carry them. Her work touches on virus evolution, viral co-infections, the effect of climate change on viral resistant breaking strains, and the use of nanotechnologies for virus detection and virus disease management.