27 Min Released Apr 20, 2018

Dreams: Stories about ambition

This week, we're presenting stories about scientific ambitions and dreams -- and the ways in which they meet reality.

Part 1: Planetary geologist Sara Mazrouei misses out on a dream opportunity -- because of where she was born.

Part 2: Working in conservation, marine ecologist Madhavi Colton faces down despair as the challenges feel overwhelming.

Sara Mazrouei is a PhD candidate in planetary geology at the University of Toronto. She’s also a science communicator with a passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with the public. Sara is a big advocate for women in STEM. One day she’ll go dancing on the Moon. 

Madhavi Colton is the Program Director at the Coral Reef Alliance. She oversees an international portfolio of community-driven conservation programs that are addressing local threats to reefs, including over-fishing, poor water quality, sedimentation, and habitat destruction. Madhavi is also spearheading new scientific research into how ecosystems adapt to the effects of climate change and is applying this knowledge to develop innovative approaches to coral conservation. Her expertise lies in building partnerships between academic researchers, non-profit organizations, governments and local communities to implement durable conservation solutions. She has worked in California, Hawai‘i, the Mesoamerican region, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia. Madhavi has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The Story Collider

The Story Collider

Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives.

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

GM's new report card grades your teen's driving

WSJ Tech News Briefing

GM has introduced a new technology in its cars to help parents keep tabs on their teens behind the wheel. GM engineering specialist Mary Ann Beebe explains how it works.

5 Min

Oct 19, 2015

In Honor of Mother's Day: Stories about moms

The Story Collider

Featuring Jessica Hoey and Jamie Brickhouse

27 Min

May 11, 2018

American Teacher Pans for Gold in New Zealand

Side Hustle School

After changing continents multiple times, an elementary school teacher finds true love, settles down in NZ, goes panning for gold, and ends up making $40,000/year working mostly on the weekends.

7 Min

Mar 3, 2017