This podcast is hosted by young Scientists and Academics who report on the latest news and discoveries in Environmental Science.
Hosted by Mike, a first year Ph. D. student in Microbiology and Kevin, a fourth year Ph.D. student in Molecular and Cellular Biology - both inspiration for the "K" in the shows name, this podcast is 100% fact checked, fast paced and fun.
Mikroscope airs every other Monday on your favorite streaming platforms and also has a Web Series, "Through The Garden Gate" on IGTV and YouTube with DIY tips an tricks for Gardening, Landscaping and Floral Design.
Listen below or join us on your favorite streaming platforms: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor FM, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public and Stitcher.
Episode Fourteen: G M OH HELL NO!
The moment we've all been waiting for: Mike and Kevin tackle one of the most polarizing topics of our time. Are genetically modified organisms in our food a ploy by mad scientists at evil corporations to turn us into zombie patsies of their capitalist machine, or have they been fundamental to agriculture since its inception and will be crucial to global health and food security in the coming centuries? Find out in part one of the two part series on GMO foods. Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
Episode Thirteen: What on Earth is Organic?
This week Mike and Kevin unpack what it means to be organic. Is it better for the environment to buy organic? Is organic food more nutritious or safer? From the scientific definition, to the grocery store shelves, the boys clear up some of the most common misconceptions about the costs and benefits of organics.compared to conventional foods. Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
Episode Twelve: Let's look on the bright side!
Please join us for this seasons last episode where we reminisce on all of the wonderful topics discussed this season!! We also consider the fate of our species and what needs to be done about climate policy to really help give us the best chance for survival! Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
Episode Eleven: Five Degrees of the Plant Microbiome
Join us this week as we discuss an alternative method to improve crop production.. Manipulating a plants microbiome! We focus on five key aspects of where the research is going/ needs to go for this technology to be used widely. While we stray a bit from our normal hard core dissection of climate change research; we hope that this will help bring you a stronger understanding of the microbial life that lives beneath your feet!
Episode Ten: Will Climate Change Kill My Caffeine Buzz?
Increasing temperatures are already effecting populations of domesticated and wild plants and animals, but what happens when these factors come together to effect people? Mike and Kevin explore a recent publication predicting how bee populations drive the suitability of Latin American regions to coffee production under different climate change scenarios.
Episode Nine: My Beer Will Cost How Much During The Climate Apocalypse!!!?
Join us for the first official episode with our new co-host Kevin!! Saving the earth is all good and fun, but when it really comes down to it the luxuries we indulge in at hope keep up said (at least for me it does!). This week we zero in on how climate change will affect the availability and price of barley, a major ingredient in BEER! Without revealing to much, it may seem that happy hour beer special will not be so “happy”!
Episode Eight: Can Children Save The World?
Join us in round two as we attempt to piece apart another way to educate the public on the effect climate change has on their lives. We piece apart a study that was done by a group out of North Caroline, which looked at how teaching climate change to your children can help to foster climate change concern in their parents. This study was tremendously done, and we talk about all the different variable they took into consideration, which in turn makes their results that much stronger. It really is true when people say children are the future!
Episode Seven: How Do Microbial Forests Keep The Desert Habitable?
Please join us as we talk with Kevin, a third year PhD student who studies the “microbial forests” that cover arid regions. We start off by discussing the journey Kevin took from wanting to be a high school teacher all they way to his current work on how how microbes produce their own sunblock!! We shift focus to talk about haboobs, yes haboobs, which are giant dust storms which wreak havoc on arid regions, such as the south west of the US and the Middle East. As “fuck I can’t think of the word for people moving in and building houses” haboobs become more frequent as people destroy biological soil crusts which hold down the soil. Join us as we discuss the importance of biological soil crusts in arid ecosystems and how you can prevent their destruction.
Episode Six: How Should We Design Climate Change Education?
We kick this week’s episode of “Mikroscope” off with a congratulations to Mike for recreating the metagenomics of specific bacteria in the Amazon!! What this means is that he was able to reconstruct the genomes or “directions” of these bacteria. Next up we dive straight into the psychology of climate change. Sam and Mike discuss the relationship between personal experience and a belief in or understanding of climate change. Unfortunately most Americans don’t believe that climate change is currently happening. Our hosts delve into why that might be by talking about belief certainty, which is understanding that something WILL happen, as well as preconceived beliefs vs personal experience. They get into how living in different regions of the country can affect your belief certainty due to climate change drastically affecting certain areas more than others. Finally they get into how YOU can make a change, specifically by listening to podcasts, following Instagram pages such as National Geographic, and reading publications such as The Week.
Episode Five: Marine Snow with Bianca Cruz, PhD
In this episode Mike and Samantha are joined by Bianca Cruz, an ASU PhD working to understand the role that very small phytoplankton play slowing down climate change!! Join us in taking a look at the life of a marine microbial ecolocgsty, on the deep ocean and what goes into marine science. We then talk about the role marine snow, phytoplankton poop, plays in the sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean. We take an in-depth look at how climate change will effect marine snow, and how the size of phytoplankton are drivers in understanding where marine snow is. Lastly we talk about the very interesting, and evolutionary conundrum, of prochlorococcus. Sunscreen is bad!
Episode Four: Algal Blooms
In this episode, Mike and Samantha explore Microbiology. They start by discussing the different communities of bacteria that can grow, such as red snow on glaciers. Then they translate that into how lichen, the moss found on rocks, affects us everyday. If you listen closely you’ll even hear some hot tea on RuPaul’s Drag Race! They dig into a study out of the University of Leeds about the red snow and how it is causing the glaciers to melt faster. Finally they get in to how YOU can help save the planet. For instance, don’t flush anything but waste and toilet paper down the toilet, and don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth.
Episode Three: How Widespread is Climate Change?
Sam and Mike discuss different ecosystems and how differently each one will be affected by Climate Change. Together they explain the movement of species between ecosystems as temperatures and sea levels rise and what this means for future conservation efforts.
Learn how you can help conserve fragile ecosystems the next time you go on a hike and hear how scientists are using predictive models to track and predict species movement to inform conservationists and laws.
Episode Two: California Fires
On this episode of Mikroscope, the hosts discuss the devastating wildfires in California, what causes them and what science is doing to predict and prevent wildfires in the future. We encourage everyone to practice fire safety and be responsible and respectful when out in nature.
As many of you know, local fire stations spring into action to save their communities that border the Woodlands. We hope you will consider making a donation to your local fire department as a way to be helpful to their efforts.
Episode One: Coral
Welcome to the series premier of Mikroscope. We’re here to bring you updates in science...fast! This episode discusses Coral: What is it? Why is it important? What’s happening to it?
What is the truth behind the plastic in the ocean? Why is our climate changing so quickly and what we can expect next? Join Samantha and her friend Mike for a lively and non-intimidating look at Global Warming from a scientific standpoint. Mike is currently working on his Ph.D. in Microbiology and his specific area of study is Microbial Communities that affect Climate Change.