The Science of Sustainability

Toivo Motter

Toivo Motter

Toivo Motter is an instructional designer and a producer at WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received several Emmy nominations and awards for his productions, including "LSI: Life Science Investigation," an inquiry-based life science multimedia series about invasive species in Lake Erie. Toivo has an M.A. in instructional design and educational technology from Cleveland State University, and a B.A. in education from Kent State University.

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Building a Better Hose

Building a Better Hose

Depending on the atoms used and their arrangement, engineers and chemists use polymers to create almost anything from a soft toothbrush bristle to a tough bullet-proof vest.

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A Day with Zoo Veterinarian Mike Selig

A Day with Zoo Veterinarian Mike Selig

Carmen is a male two-toed sloth from South America and Jo is a four ton female elephant from Africa. They each have their own keepers who take care of them on a daily basis, but who do you call when they get sick? That’s Dr. Mike Selig’s job.

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Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead

Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead

QUEST travels to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to meet Linda Spurlock, an anatomist and forensic reconstruction artist who uses clay to re-construct the faces of ancient humans in order to show what they looked like when alive. She also sketches more recently deceased people using only their remains in order to help police solve crimes.

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Asian Carp, an "Alien" Threat to Lake Erie

Asian Carp, an "Alien" Threat to Lake Erie

Lake Erie is considered to be the most productive of all five of the Great Lakes.Within its waters are diverse and interdependent plants and animals that make up an intricate web of life. Mostly due to human carelessness, the lake has become home to an increasing number of non-native plants, animals, and micro-organisms which threaten […]

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Back from the Brink of Extinction: Habitat Map for the Lake Erie Watersnake

Back from the Brink of Extinction: Habitat Map for the Lake Erie Watersnake

On August 16, 2011 the Lake Erie watersnake became only the 23rd species to ever be removed, or “de-listed,” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s list of endangered and threatened wildlife. So how did the Lake Erie Water Snake, or LEWS, beat the odds?

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Cool Critters: Lake Erie Water Snake

Cool Critters: Lake Erie Water Snake

Within and along the waters of Lake Erie (one of the five Great Lakes), there is a daily struggle for survival between natives and unwelcomed invasive species.

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