This week’s guest is ecologist and all-around bird nerd Dr. Alex Bond. Alex was an adjunct at the University of Saskatchewan when we talked to him, but he’ll soon beginning his new position as a Conservation Scientist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK. Alex talked to us about the wide variety of ornithological research he’s involved with, the importance of natural history to science, and why puffins are giant D-bags! Come for the feathers, stay for the fun!
Follow along with Alex’s research & upcoming field work in the middle of nowhere on Twitter (@thelabandfield) and his blog The Lab & Field (http://labandfield.wordpress.com/).
It’s coral reefs, it’s climate change, it’s us making connections for our next African vacation. It’s episode 60 with Emily Darling (@emilysdarling), marine ecologist extraordinaire! And good news: we’re not all screwed. Well, mostly. Probably. Okay, look, watch the interview and decide for yourself.
It’s dolphin time! Join us as we talk with Justin Gregg, research associate at the Dolphin Communication Project, author of the new book Are Dolphins Really Smart, and voiceover artist. Bonus: a brief discussion on dolphin assisted birth and why that’s a really dumb idea.
In episode 58 we’re joined by Dan Gillis, Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. We had a great talk about his work as an ecological modeller for the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations and about an innovative project with his students that is helping to deliver fresh food to food donors and emergency food providers!
It’s that time of year again, where Harvard mammalogist and milk researcher Katie Hinde (who we met in Episode 56) pits mammals from across the world against one another to find out who will reign supreme! She gave Breaking Bio the scoop on who’s in and who’s out this year, along with some of the new rules and prizes!
This year’s brackets have just been announced, so go visit Katie’s blog (Mammals Suck), fill out your bracket, and join in the fun! The competition begins Monday, March 10th, so be sure to subscribe to Katie’s blog to catch the nightly matchups, and watch #2014MMM on Twitter for all the action!
Once you’ve made your picks, don’t be afraid to tag Breaking Bio and talk some smack. Who will be the maddest mammal of them all? Stay-tuned to find out!
In episode 57 we’re joined by David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter), marine biologist, shark conservationist, and scicommer extraordinaire. It’s a great interview, ranging everywhere from shark culls in Australia to mermaids to how one can buy the shirt off your Red Lobster servers’ back. Everyone in the pool!
I bet you didn’t know that ‘comparative lactation’ was a thing, did you? Well, it is. And it’s awesome. Katie Hinde (@mammals_suck), assistant professor at Harvard, joins us to talk about milk, milk, milk! Oh, and some biology stuff. Ever thought about milking a monkey? Be prepared to have your mind blown.
In episode 55 we’re joined by a luminary of evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology, Professor Marlene Zuk of the University of Minnesota! Marlene joins us to talk about her latest book Paleofantasy, crickets, the odd things that people will tell you, and more! If you like science, this one’s chock-full of it.
In episode 54 we chat with the talented Upulie Divisekera, molecular biology PhD student at Monash University. It’s a free-wheeling interview covering everything from nanotech for cancer to science communication to Cordyceps fruiting bodies erupting out of human heads! Come on, you know you want to hear about the grey goo. All the cool kids are doing it.
In episode 53, we’re joined by the awesome and funny Jessica Light to talk lice. That’s right, lice. More generally, though, it’s host-parasite interaction and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. You’ll learn things. Interesting things. Dark things. Ever wondered how to collect lice from a dead rat? We guarantee that you’ll never look at a Home Depot the same way.