Smithsonian Science How Online Text Chat Archives

Geologist Mike Wise smiling while sitting at a table with his hands on a laptop computer keyboard.

Geologist Mike Wise gets ready to participate in a Smithsonian Science How online text chat. Photo by Devin Reese, Smithsonian.

Learn about science careers by reading transcripts of our text-based online chats with Smithsonian scientists. Each chat features a scientist who previously appeared on a Smithsonian Science How live webcast, and each chat page contains links to the webcast video and other related resources. 

Click a link below to jump to a list of online text chats in each discipline.

Earth Science | Life Science | Paleontology | Social Studies

EARTH SCIENCE
A woman with long brown hair, looking straight ahead, smiling, with arms crossed. She is wearing a patterned shirt.

Elizabeth Cottrell - A Geologist Studying Volcano Chemistry

EARTH SCIENCE

When Liz was in high school, she loved chemistry. In college, she took a class about planets and fell in love. Now she studies Earth’s mantle — volcanoes are the way she gets her samples. This chat took place Jan. 31, 2017.

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Geologist Mike Wise, wearing glasses and a blue polo shirt, smiles while holding a gray and beige crystal in his left hand.

Mike Wise - A Geologist Studying Mineral Crystals and Gems

EARTH SCIENCE

Growing up in southeastern Virginia, Mike got interested in the minerals of the area. During rock-hunting trips in college, he took a liking to “pegmatite” rocks with mineral crystals. He has studied them ever since. This chat took place Nov. 2, 2016.

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LIFE SCIENCE
A smiling woman standing with one hand on her hip. She has brown hair, reddish glasses, and is wearing a black sweater.

Helen James - An Ornithologist Studying Bird Extinctions

LIFE SCIENCE | EARTH SCIENCE

Helen started watching birds as a kid in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She loved looking for animals in the woods as she hiked and camped with her family. Her fascination with birds continues today. This chat took place Dec. 14, 2016.

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PALEONTOLOGY
Paleontologist Hans Sues smiling and wearing a blue dress shirt.

Hans Sues - A Paleontologist Studying the Rise of Dinosaurs

LIFE SCIENCE | EARTH SCIENCE

At 4 years old, Hans became fascinated with dinosaurs. His interest propelled him to study to become a paleontologist. Hans has discovered fossils of new dinosaur species in the U.S., China, and Uzbekistan. This chat took place Oct. 20, 2016.

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SOCIAL STUDIES
Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez, smiling with her hands clasped. She is wearing a purple and turquoise patterned dress.

Gabriela Pérez Báez - A Linguist Studying the Diversity of Languages

SOCIAL STUDIES

Gabriela grew up in Mexico City and first had a career as a graphic designer. But, she changed her career to reflect her interest in how people communicate through language. She examines how languages affect who we are and how we are perceived by others. This chat took place Sept. 21, 2017.

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