27 Jun 2016

Hope Jahren: The secret life of plants, trees and soil

From Nine To Noon, 10:08 am on 27 June 2016

A fascination with the secret life of plants, trees and soil motivates award-winning US scientist Hope Jahren to explore the natural world.

Lizard in venus fly trap

Photo: Flickr user Hugo A. Quintero G. / CC BY 2.0

Hope Jahren

After spending time in her scientist father's lab in Minnesota as a child, Jahren's curiosity grew and for the last 20 years she has pursued independent research in paleobiology. Her memoir Lab Girl tells of the discoveries she's made in the lab, the challenges of being a woman in science and the enduring friendship with her colleague Bill.

Lynn Freeman recently spoke to Hope Jahren in her lab:

Hope Jahren is a Professor of Geobiology at the University of Hawaii. She received three Fulbright Awards and has built three world-class laboratories in which to study trees, flowers, seeds and soils.