In our final episode for this season we ask the question "What does ecology have to do with digital making?". Are there parallels between ecology and computing systems, and how do we use the latter to help us understand, measure, and protect our natural environment? We reflect on the particular importance of computing within science careers as well as its wider role across the curriculum. As well as our human guests, Sway and James are introduced to Pieter the seed eater, a project designed to help understand and limit the spread of invasive tree species.
Joining us today are two digital makers and research scientists with a passion for computing, ecology, and education:
Dr Pen Holland is a Senior Lecturer and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, based in the Department of Biology at the University of York. She is a quantitative ecologist whose research focuses on using models to understand complex ecological problems.
Dr Sarah Wyse is a lecturer in forest ecology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research focuses on understanding forest ecology from the plant regeneration stage, from the perspectives of plant conservation, restoration, and weed invasions.
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