People from various walks of life have an affinity to nature. Why is that, and why is nature important to us? This episode is less of an inquiry and more of a ramble through this topic, with one of the most nature-loving, inspiring and interesting people I know.
Steven Lowe is a high school science teacher in the UK. But he started as a cardiovascular cell biology researcher, after earning his PhD in that subject. In between those two sub-careers he spent more than 10 years studying and working in conservation biology - mostly in South Africa - where we met doing our Masters degrees in that subject.
Links to resources:
Vapourer moths - A wikipedia entry describing this unusual moth and its high level of sexual dimorphism.
Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation - A 2015 article in PNAS
Spending two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and well-being - A 2020 article this topic in The Conversation
02:12: How Steve chose a successful career in cardiovascular cell biology, and left it for conservation
11:11: The importance of biodiversity conservation relative to climate change action
16:08: Moral and practical arguments for conservation
18:03: Trade-offs, consequences and opportunities
25:46: Political conviction about improving conservation
28:39: Why are YouTube "freak animal clips" so popular?
31:48: Young people’s interest in nature
35:23: The influence of inspiring individuals
40:36: The influence of spending time in nature