Nicholas DePatie

Undergraduate - Biology/Environmental Science
Eugene, OR, United States

About Nicholas

Bio

I am currently enrolled at the University of Oregon studying ecology and evolution. I have a vast interest in the scientific world and try to promote it as much as I can. I consider myself a skeptic, as all good scientists should, and let the facts guide my understanding of the world.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Biology

An idea worth spreading

Life-extension to some may seem like a distant or strange concept but may be accomplished sooner than many think. Many people think that it is foolish or not possible to extend the human life. I think that it is apparent that we must put time and money into looking at human aging. Many beneficial things can come from this research including curing many age-related diseases that can improve life for older people.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about science and promoting scientific literacy to the public. People tend to be suspicious of things they are unfamiliar with making scientific education so important.

Universities

University of Oregon

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Nicholas DePatie
Posted about 2 years ago
Can we control the emergence of zoonotic infectious disease?
Absolutely globalization influences the transmission of infectious disease. The more contact rate between people the higher the probability of transmission. This paper looks like it describes the models they use for disease transmission pretty clearly http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534701021449. If you look at the disease threshold model there are several factors that are involved. A high contact rate, a high infection rate and mortality rates will all determine how the disease is spread through a population.
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Nicholas DePatie
Posted about 2 years ago
Can we control the emergence of zoonotic infectious disease?
This comment is mainly concerned with the effects of Ebola but I think that it is an interesting subject. In this paper that I found they mention that the Ebola haemorrhagic fever has contributed to the roughly 98% local population decline of the great apes http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?pid=S0030-24652012000200003&script=sci_arttext. I wonder how that has affected the biodiversity in those areas? It would be interesting to see if there were any historical records of the biodiversity before EHF hit those areas and how the community dynamics have changed.
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Nicholas DePatie
Posted about 2 years ago
How do we justify consumption of palm oil? What can we do to stop palm oil companies from destroying the African rainforest?
I disagree, I think that palm oil is a great angle to take for the popular media. Before investigating this talk I was unaware of all the products that contain palm oil. Media outlets like NBC news http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49466740/ns/rock_center_with_brian_williams/t/products-palm-oil/#.UaeSG5yGfkc educate people on these type of issues will only increase the awareness. People really shouldn't be eating a ton of candy anyway so this at least provides some incentive.
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Nicholas DePatie
Posted about 2 years ago
How do we justify consumption of palm oil? What can we do to stop palm oil companies from destroying the African rainforest?
One thing that I really didn't think about in relation to palm oil is its use as a bio-fuel. Palm oil can be used to make biodiesel which is increasing in demand around the globe. An interesting point was mentioned on this greenpeace site http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/forests/palm-oil that the efforts to reduce carbon emissions by using biodiesel in the form of palm oil might be harm the environment more than using fossil fuels.
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Nicholas DePatie
Posted about 2 years ago
Does urban “green” harbor healthier microbes?
I have been trying to find a paper on the effects of air pollution on microbial diversity but haven't found anything yet. I did find this paper that talk about the effect of indoor air pollution on health http://www.jmsmd.net/images/Indoor_Air_Pollution_Health_Effects.pdf. It only mentions microbes very briefly but does say that some of these pollutants can kill microbes. With a population that is increasing its time spent indoor it will be important to improve air quality both indoors and outdoors.