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Stony Brook Collaborative for the Earth Launches Podcast 


24020191 collaborative for the earth sticker v2 podcast (1)Heather Lynch, IACS endowed chair of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, has a lot of conversations about climate change research happening around the university. It is a big part of her own research portfolio and an increasingly significant part of her role on campus.

Under a new Collaborative for the Earth initiative, Lynch is opening up some of those conversations to the public with a new podcast, C4E Presents.

As a leading conservation researcher with affiliations at the Institute for Advanced Computational Statistics (IACS) and the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Lynch has always been a vital part of climate-related research at Stony Brook. Now, weaving together the various projects happening across the campus has become an official part of her job. 

“The planet we live on is in real trouble, and not just from climate change but from habitat loss and pollution and a dwindling supply of clean water and the natural resources that make modern life modern,” said Lynch, who also serves as director of the Stony Brook Collaborative for the Earth. “We don’t have time to avoid the hard questions about how to turn things around. This podcast, I hope, will help bring our community together and maybe spark some new ideas and collaborations to try address them.”

The new podcast will launch on Earth Day. It has been in the works for most of the semester in a partnership between Lynch and students and faculty at the School of Communication and Journalism. J.D. Allen, journalism instructor and managing editor at WSHU Public Radio, and Clare Gehlich, a senior journalism major, helped Lynch build out her plan for C4E Presents, and Gehlich helped with the production through the semester. Over the summer, Benedicta Obodoruku, a journalism graduate student, will take over Gehlich’s role.

“I’m grateful to both J.D. and Heather for giving me the opportunity to kickstart this podcast for the Collaborative for the Earth,” said Gehlich. “I’ve learned so much from Heather’s discussions with scholars and researchers on climate change and ways we can save our planet while giving me hands-on experience in podcasting. Through this experience, I’ve gained skills in editing and producing as well as what goes into the entire podcast creation process, and it’s amazing that we can also create a platform for environmentalism to reach a wider audience.”

In the coming weeks, C4E Presents will have episodes about fertilizer, marine plastics, the roles of policymakers and corporations in helping fight climate change, and more.

Listen to the podcast on Spotify.

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