Flamingo Fun with Chris Torres – Breaking Bio Ep. 74

This week, we learn all about flamingos from molecular biologist/palaeontologist Chris Torres of the University of Texas at Austin. Chris also explains how he solved a 150 year old mystery in a natural history museum, and why his house is covered in pink.

Show Notes:
 
Torres C. (2001). Relationships of Birds – Molecules versus Morphology, eLS, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470015902.a0003357.pub3

Torres C.R., Mark AF Gillingham, Brittney Ferrari & Marcel van Tuinen (2014). A multi-locus inference of the evolutionary diversification of extant flamingos (Phoenicopteridae), BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14 (1) 36. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-14-36
 

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Ep. 73 – Seeing Red, and yellow, and blue, with Dr. Nate Morehouse

This week we’re joined by Dr. Nate Morehouse, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies colour and how its used among insects and spiders. Nate explained some of his lab’s work trying to understand how butterflies tell who are potential mates and who are wasted effort, as well as how jumping spiders taste the rainbow.

If you enjoyed this episode, Nate and his lab could use your help with their crowd-funding campaign to finance an expedition to the southwestern US in search of colourful jumping spiders. Learn more and donate at their page on Experiment.com.

Show Notes:

Colour polymorphisms in butterflies and reproductive interference

Colour vision in jumping spiders and how they use it to preferentially select prey

Condition Dependent Ornaments and Life History in animals

Nate’s YouTube Channel with videos of spiders and field work

Nate’s Postdoc, Dr. Daniel Zurek’s YouTube Channel with more spider videos

How Animals Hacked the Rainbow and Got Stumped on Blue

Follow Nate’s Work Online:

Morehouse Lab Webpage – http://www.biology.pitt.edu/person/nathan-morehouse

Morehouse Lab Blog (watch for it to go live soon) – http://www.morehouse.pit.edu

Morehouse Lab on Twitter – @MorehouseLab – https://twitter.com/MorehouseLab

Nate Morehouse on Twitter – @zapkapow – https://twitter.com/zapkapow

 

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What Makes Science Bloggers Tick with Paige Brown Jarreau! Episode 72

This week we’re talking to Louisiana State University PhD student Paige Brown Jarreau about her work trying to understand what makes science bloggers tick, or at least why they do what they do. We also discuss the role and future of crowd-funding scientific research.

Show Notes:

Help support Paige’s crowd-funding campaign – https://experiment.com/projects/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-what-does-the-science-blogger-do?s=search

Paige has placed all of her slides from the Strategic Social Media course we discussed online  – http://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow?searchfrom=header&q=%23Manship4002

Here’s the study Morgan mentioned regarding social media & academic citations (PDF) – http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/~cm1993/papers/blogCitations.pdf

Follow Paige online:
Blog – http://www.scilogs.com/from_the_lab_bench/
Twitter – @FromTheLabBench – https://twitter.com/FromTheLabBench
Photography – http://paigesphotos.photoshelter.com/

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Breaking Bio Episode 71 – Columbia University Mammal Mashup!

This week we’ve put together 4 shorter interviews with Columbia University Conservation Biology Master’s Students who are all starting their academic careers studying some aspect of Mammal Conservation. From African traffic noise, to mouse gut microbes, and monkey poo to monkey conflicts, these students share their enthusiasm for their work.

Guests:
Kaggie Orrick – @KaggleRock – https://twitter.com/kagglerock
Erin Dimech – @ErinDimech – https://twitter.com/erindimech
Jessica Stitt – @JessMStitt – https://twitter.com/jessmstitt
Allison Roth

Columbia University Conservation Biology Student Blog – http://www.cuinthefield.wordpress.com/

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Breaking Bio Episode 70 – Mistaken sex and rapacious spiders with Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel!

This week, we talk to Dr. Emily Burfield-Steel of the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland about her work with species who get confused in the bedroom, how scientists introduce drama into spider sex, and moth farts. Kinda.

Show notes:

Horny & confused fur seal story & original paper.

Emily explains what sexual interference is and why it’s important for Current Biology. (PDF)

Read more about sexual stereotypes in Emily’s paper (PDF), or check out the coverage at i09.

 

Follow along with Emily’s research:
Twitter – @MothPostDoc – https://twitter.com/MothPostDoc
Blog – http://bugbehaviouralecology.wordpress.com/
Podcast – Not Those Kinds of Doctors – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9IYXHJ2Au5b0KQkeo5LJCw

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Breaking Bio Episode 69 – Getting semi-social with Dr. Sandra Rehan!

We talk to Dr. Sandra Rehan of the University of New Hampshire about her work on the evolution of sociality, the natural history of bees, and what it’s like to be a new prof!

More info about Dr. Rehan’s work:

Lab webpage: http://www.unhbeelab.com/

Twitter: @sanrehan – https://twitter.com/sanrehan

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Breaking Bio Episode 68 – #SAFE13 with Drs. Clancy, Nelson, Rutherford & Hinde

This week, we sit down and discuss the #SAFE13 project, which is bringing incidences of sexual harassment and assault in scientific field research to light, with the study’s authors: Dr. Kate Clancy, Dr. Robin Nelson, Dr. Julienne Rutherford, and Dr. Katie Hinde.

The #SAFE13 paper is open access and can be read for free – http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102172

This week’s guests:
Dr. Kate Clancy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research homepage – http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/people/kclancy
Blog – http://kateclancy.com/
Twitter – @KateClancy – https://twitter.com/KateClancy

Dr. Robin Nelson, Skidmore College
Research Homepage – http://www.skidmore.edu/anthropology/faculty/nelson.php
Twitter – @rgairnelson – https://twitter.com/rgairnelson

Dr. Julienne Rutherford, University of Illinois, Chicago
Research Homepage – https://sites.google.com/site/juliennerutherford/
Blog – http://aapabandit.blogspot.ca/
Twitter – @JNRutherford – https://twitter.com/JNRutherford

Dr. Katie Hinde, Harvard University
Research Homepage – http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~khinde/index.html
Blog – http://mammalssuck.blogspot.ca/
Twitter – @Mammals_Suck – https://twitter.com/Mammals_Suck

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Breaking Bio Episode 67 – Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren

 

Tom talks to Dr. Hope Jahren from the University of Hawaii Manoa about her work on plants and how they deal with changing climates, both in recent years and long in the past.

Learn more about Hope’s research & read her excellent writing at:
Lab webpage
Personal blog – Hope Jahren Sure Can Write (she’s not kidding, she really, really can)
Twitter – @HopeJahren

Shortly after this episode was taped, Hope published an incredibly moving and important opinion piece in the New York Times regarding Science’s Sexual Assault Problem. We highly recommend you take the time to read it if you haven’t done so already.

Breaking Bio Episode 66 – Fighting Bad Medicine with Dr. David Gorski

We sit down to talk with Dr. David Gorski, oncologist and science blogger, about his long blogging career and his continuing crusade against crack-pot medical advice.

Find David online at:
Science-Based Medicine – http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/author/david-gorski/
Respectful Insolence – http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/
Twitter – @gorskon – https://twitter.com/gorskon

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Breaking Bio #65 – Sex chromosomes & Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres!

We sit down to talk about the evolution of sex chromosomes and the diversity of ways organisms determine sex with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres of Arizona State University. Dr. Wilson Sayres also explains why math is important for biologists, and how public outreach and engagement needs to become more common from practicing scientists.

Find out more about Dr. Wilson Sayres’ research on her website – https://sites.google.com/site/mwilsonsayres/
Read her blog – http://mathbionerd.blogspot.ca/
And follow her on Twitter – @mwilsonsayres