Unwinding with Joy Ward: Ecologist

By now you’ve heard about climate change affecting weather cycles and sea levels, but a less discussed element of rising carbon dioxide levels is changes to vegetation. Associate Dean for Science Research Joy Ward and her team are seeking answers to questions about how plants respond under different climate conditions by simulating carbon dioxide levels in a lab setting. Learn more about Associate Dean Ward’s research and how she first became interested in working with plants on our latest episode of Unwinding.

Unwinding is a podcast that tells the human stories driving the minds and talents of the University of Kansas. In each episode we sit down with KU researchers to chat about what they’re working on, why they’re passionate about it, why it matters, and what makes them tick as humans. The conversation explores the fascinations and motivations that produce new discoveries.

Unwinding is a production by KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the heart of KU. It’s home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, offering more than 100 majors, minors and certificates. A collaborative and creative community, the College is committed to making the world better through inquiry and research.