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A podcast exploring how the world of volcanoes interacts across nature, culture and society
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S1 Ep10. Out of this world with Natalie Starkey

VolcaKnowledgeFeb 14, 2022

S1 Ep10. Out of this world with Natalie Starkey

S1 Ep10. Out of this world with Natalie Starkey

In our final episode for Series 1, we're stepping off this world as Dr. Natalie Starkey takes us on a journey to volcanic activity across the solar system, and how she came to write a book all about it: Fire and Ice.

Dr Natalie Starkey (she/her) is an accomplished science communicator and currently an Outreach and Public Engagement Officer for Physical Sciences at The Open University. Natalie’s work focusses on promoting the physical sciences to under-represented groups by using outreach and public engagement activities in schools and public settings.

Natalie moved into science communication following a decade-long research career focussing on geology and space science. She has since written two popular science books on space science, Catching Stardust and Fire & Ice, as well as writing popular science articles for leading publications. Natalie has hosted shows for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular StarTalk Radio in New York on which she is also a regular science expert guest, and has appeared on television and radio as a science expert and presenter. In 2019 Natalie was the scriptwriter for the Hayden Planetarium’s space show, Worlds Beyond Earth, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, crafting the narrative of the show which was narrated by the award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.


Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @StarkeyStardust


Catching Stardust:

Fire & Ice:

Feb 14, 202237:03
S1 Ep9. Expeditions and education with Christopher Jackson
Feb 07, 202238:06
S1 Ep8. Networks and new directions with Natasha Dowey
Jan 31, 202238:46
S1 Ep7. Life and lava lakes with Jeffrey Marlow
Jan 24, 202233:21
S1 Ep6. Perception and performance with Cansu Culha

S1 Ep6. Perception and performance with Cansu Culha

In this episode, Sam speaks with Dr. Cansu Culha about her combined passions of dance and science, and turning volcanic processes and earth science into an art form. What would your research look like if you danced it?!

Dr. Cansu Culha (she/her) earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in geophysics. She researches fluid and thermodynamic processes in Earth Sciences. One of her favourite applications is in understanding volcanic processes. Her mother is from the foothills of Erciyez Volcano in Turkey, and thus, her ancestral relationship with volcanoes fuels her excitement and curiosity for researching them. Ironically, her first time seeing a volcanic eruption was after she defended her Ph.D. thesis on volcanic processes. Dr. Culha’s research spans a wide range of topics, from lava flow mechanics to magma reservoir convection. Her research has been recognized through various awards like the Lieberman and NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Awards, but she is most honoured to be working with other budding scientists.

In addition to her research efforts, she has co-founded an initiative called Art as Science Communication Initiative (Art-SCI), where members find creative ways to engage with their research and communicate them to others.

Instagram: @cansu44

Twitter: @CansuCulha2



Apokalani music:

Kumu Pa'a i Ka 'Aina:

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S1 Ep5. Mauna and mo'olelo with Diamond Tachera
Jan 10, 202234:30
S1 Ep4. Signals and sounds with Leif Karlstrom
Jan 06, 202237:23
S1 Ep3. History and heritage with Jazmin Scarlett
Jan 06, 202235:02
S1 Ep2. Media and misinformation with Janine Krippner
Jan 06, 202236:43
S1 Ep1. Introductions and inspirations with Huw James
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