Infertility: the unspoken sickness of healthy people!

“Making a baby is so much fun!” Luckily, for the majority of couples it is and it does not take particularly long for women to get pregnant. However, worldwide one in six couples have severe problems to conceive with an increasing tendency and I unfortunately drew the short straw. Before I was confronted with this topic, I did not know that so many people are affected and what it really means, because it is a taboo subject in our society. It took me quite long to understand that it is a disease like any other and that it can affect everybody no matter how healthy you are otherwise. Although our most private body zones are affected, we need stop hiding in shame and we need to open up in order to get the support and understanding that we need from our surrounding to live a more normal life.

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Paula is an Ecuadorian biologist, an ecologist, and a bat lover. She completed her Bachelor degree in Biology at Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and she did a M.Sc. in Ecology at Université François Rabelais de Tours, France. During her career she has been actively involved in projects to conserve Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity, including the design of an educational notebook for children with the aim of raising the commitment of people towards the protection of bats. She is currently a PhD student at Universidad de Costa Rica at Chaverri’s Lab where she is learning about bat bioacoustics in collaboration of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Research Group from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany.

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Paula Iturralde-Pólit

Meet Paula Iturralde-Pólit, a PhD student who is interested in studying how the environmental factors influence fitness in species!

Paula is an Ecuadorian biologist, an ecologist, and a bat lover. She completed her Bachelor degree in Biology at Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and she did a M.Sc. in Ecology at Université François Rabelais de Tours, France. During her career she has been actively involved in projects to conserve Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity, including the design of an educational notebook for children with the aim of raising the commitment of people towards the protection of bats. She is currently a PhD student at Universidad de Costa Rica at Chaverri’s Lab where she is learning about bat bioacoustics in collaboration of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Research Group from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany.

Emma diving

Meet Emma Strand, a PhD student studying acclimatization of coral and passionate about science outreach!

Emma Strand is a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Hollie Putnam’s lab. She studies ecophysiology and epigenetics of coral reefs under climate change stressors like ocean acidification and warming waters. Her research focuses on the patterns of gene expression, DNA methylation, and physiological stress response in order to inform effective, long-term coral restoration and conservation efforts. Outside of lab projects, she is an active science communicator and educator.

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Infertility: the unspoken sickness of healthy people!

“Making a baby is so much fun!” Luckily, for the majority of couples it is and it does not take particularly long for women to get pregnant. However, worldwide one in six couples have severe problems to conceive with an increasing tendency and I unfortunately drew the short straw. Before I was confronted with this topic, I did not know that so many people are affected and what it really means, because it is a taboo subject in our society. It took me quite long to understand that it is a disease like any other and that it can affect everybody no matter how healthy you are otherwise. Although our most private body zones are affected, we need stop hiding in shame and we need to open up in order to get the support and understanding that we need from our surrounding to live a more normal life.