This is Science with Jess Phoenix.
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This is Science with Jess Phoenix

Ignorance is the disease, and curiosity is the cure!

Ignorance is the disease, and curiosity is the cure!

Welcome to This Is Science with Jess Phoenix, a Union of Concerned Scientists production. In this podcast, Jess brings her experience as a volcanologist and science communicator to the mic through science storytelling and conversations with dynamic scientific explorers, change-makers, and innovators.


Meet our host

Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, extreme explorer, and science ambassador at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Her expertise is in volcanic hazards and environmental conversation.

Her work has taken her to six continents, where she has organized and led over 25 scientific research expeditions. She has been chased by narco-traffickers in Mexico, dodged armed thieves in remote Peru, raced horses across Mongolia, worked on the world’s largest volcano in Hawaii, piloted the Jason2 submersible on an undersea volcano, and rappelled into the 3rd largest sinkhole on Earth.

Jess is a Fellow in The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a frequent contributor for CNN and the BBC. Prior to creating This Is Science with Jess Phoenix at UCS, she created and hosted the podcast Catastrophe! and is the author of “Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life” from Timber Press. She holds degrees in history (B.A. Smith College), geology (M.S. California State University Los Angeles), and nonfiction writing (M.F.A. Goucher College).

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Carlos, teenager Kaz, and a small army of rescue animals.



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This is Science with Jess Phoenix Episode 29: Water Water Every Where

Water, Water Every Where

Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto and Shana Udvardy cover a groundbreaking new report reveals the looming threats facing United States coastlines from now through 2100.
This is Science with Jess Phoenix Episode 28: Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds

Jess talks with Dr. Dante Lauretta about collecting samples from the asteroid Bennu that are now helping us understand the origins of the universe.
Image of flooded street with Ciencia Consciente logo over it.

¿Por qué sube el nivel del mar?

Rising sea levels due to climate change affect vulnerable communities like the Canal area in San Rafael, CA. Expert Cris Criollo speaks with Ciencia Consciente, UCS's Spanish-language podcast.
This is Science with Jess Phoenix Episode 27: Food Fight

Food Fight

Food justice activist and writer Rae Gomes joins Jess to talk about what we get wrong about food in the United States, and what we can do to make things right.