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Giant Clams

In this episode, we explore the truth about giant clams—and their skills as farmers and sunlight-diverters! Our guest Alison Sweeney tells us about where giant clams live, how they get so big, and why they glow!

Guest bio: Alison Sweeney

Dr. Alison Sweeney is Associate Professor of Physics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Before going to Yale, Alison Sweeney was associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Alison’s group focuses on the mechanisms by which novel materials arise in natural evolution, and the mechanisms by which evolution finds novel routes to self-assembly. She was a postdoctoral scholar and research scientist in the group of Dan Morse at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on marine biophotonic materials. Sonke Johnsen at Duke University advised her Ph.D. work on the evolution of squid optics. (Bio from Yale University)

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Season 1!

Big If True has an awesome Season 1 coming up! We’ve already got a number of excellent experts lined up to talk to us about big things, but we’re looking for a few more.

The list of topics we’d like to cover but need an expert for are these:

  • Jupiter
  • the Ottoman Empire
  • the Queen Mary
  • Blue whales
  • the Mississippi River
  • Big Ben
  • the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Australia
  • Burj Khalifa

Are you an expert on any of those things? We’d love to hear from you! You can fill out our contact form here and we’ll be in touch!