Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Katie Lotterhos, Marine biologist and ecologist

Dr. Katie Lotterhos

Dr. Katie Lotterhos is an Associate Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University. She received her B.A. in Physics from Binghamton University in Physics, but late in her degree discovered her love for the ocean through trips with the outdoors club. She learned how to dive during travels in Belize and Hondurus, and then later went on to become a Science Diver through Shoals Marine Lab in Maine. After a few years working in marine research in New Zealand, Katie went on to earn her PhD from Florida State University in Biological Science, with a specialization in marine biology and genetics. Katie and her lab studies how the ocean climate is changing, and the role of genetics in determining which animals can survive that change. You can learn more about Dr. Katie’s work  HERE


These are the type of oysters that Dr. Katie is studying





Develop a system to measure as many traits as you can using building blocks or legos, ie. how tall it is, how many sides it has, it’s color, how many sections it has, etc.

Then have your parents or someone else select a group of blocks that have all of the same trait, and see if you can figure it out.

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Climate Change book by Jennifer Swanson


Highlighted book for this episode! 

Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Resetting the Thermostat
by Jennifer Swanson







Book List: 

The Story of Climate Change: A first book about how we can help save our planet by Catherine Barr (Author), Steve Williams (Author), Amy Husband (Illustrator), Mike Love (Illustrator)

Climate Change and How We’ll Fix It: The Real Problem and What We Can Do to Fix It by Alice Harman (Author), Andrés Lozano (Illustrator)

Climate Change (DK Eyewitness) by DK (Author), John Woodward (Author)

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky

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