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Step Outside: Describing Structural Complexity of a Forest with LiDAR

In this episode, MS student Bret Elgersma tells us about his research using LiDAR on an experimental oak-pine plantation to capture data on the forest’s structural complexity and composition.

Step Outside: Investigating the Life History of the Laurel Dace through a Surrogate Species

MS student and Tennessee Aquarium employee Shawna Fix explains how studying the life history of a closely related species gives scientists more information on the endangered Laurel Dace. Listen to…

Step Outside: Prevention and Mitigation of a Dangerous Amphibian Pathogen

In this episode of Step Outside, David Carter and Adri Tompros discuss their research on Bsal, a recently discovered pathogen that eats away at amphibian skin. Bsal has been found across Europe, and Davis and Adri are part of a concerted effort to prevent further spread and transmission in the US.

Step Outside: Can Native Grasses Benefit Bobwhite Populations?

In this episode, PhD student Doug Mitchell explains how replacing fescue with native warm-season grasses could benefit bobwhite populations across the Southeast.

Step Outside: UTIA and The Nature Conservancy, A Landmark Partnership

The University of Tennessee has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with The Nature Conservancy to protect, enhance, and restore thousands of forested acres. In this episode of Step Outside, we learn about what this means for UT, our students, and the future of the forest.

Step Outside: Unpacking Implicit Social Cognition

In this episode, we speak with Sharon Couch, student life and diversity coordinator for the Herbert College of Agriculture, about implicit social cognition, also known as unconscious bias, and how to be more aware of its presence in our lives.

Step Outside: Elk Reintroduction in East Tennessee

In this episode of Step Outside, we’re taking an interdisciplinary dive into exploring public perceptions, trust, and confidence in Tennessee’s elk reintroduction program with PhD student Cristina Watkins. Listen to…

Step Outside: Cover Crops and Avian Populations

In this episode of “Step Outside,” masters student Brittany Panos tells us how plating agricultural fields with cover crops, instead of allowing them to fallow, many benefit many bird species.