Episode 83 – Catching up with the Crew

Things have been happening in the lives & work of our faithful crew, but this episode will catch you up on what everyone’s been up to. How do 4 early career biologists feel about academia at this point? Find out!

Show notes:

Science Careers “Advice” column – http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6244/206
Episode 36 with Christy Wilcox & social media – http://breakingbio.com/2013/07/10/episode-36-christie-wilcox/

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Episode 82 – Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert

We’re back from our Spring Hiatus with a new show! This week, Dr. James Gilbert of the University of Hull stops by to tell us how to make new discoveries by accident, and the kinky world of bushcricket sex.

Show Notes:

Thrips avoiding desiccation by being awful individuals – http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/6/1338.short
Male genital titilators in bushcrickets – https://jdjgilbert.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/2011-vahed-et-al-titillators-proof.pdf
Handcuffs, traps and spikes shed light on the sex lives of insects – https://theconversation.com/handcuffs-traps-and-spikes-shed-light-on-sex-lives-of-insects-26425

 

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Writing at The Conversation – https://theconversation.com/profiles/james-gilbert-95433/articles

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Episode 81 – Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond

Dr. Alex Bond, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, joins us again to talk about his work at opposite ends of the earth helping protect and raise awareness for at-risk bird populations. From giant mice eating albatross chicks, to mercury poisoning in ivory gulls, we discuss all the depressing ways humans are messing with birds.

Show Notes:

Take a helicopter tour of Alex’s field site on Gough Island

Rapidly increasing methyl mercury in endangered ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) feathers over a 130 year record

Alex on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks

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Episode 80 – Seeing spots & sniffing poop with Anne Hilborn

Anne Hilborn, PhD student at Virginia Tech, talks about her work studying the cheetahs of the Serengeti, including the not-so-glamourous aspects of the job, and then explains why she doesn’t shy away from sharing her observations in graphic detail on Twitter.
Anne’s Website – http://annehilborn.moonfruit.com/

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Episode 79 – Ant invaders and unlocking insects with Dr. Alex Wild

Dr. Alex Wild, curator of entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, talks with Morgan & Tom about tracking ant invasions with natural history collections, the rights & wrongs of copyright, and his new crowd-funding campaign, Insects Unlocked.

Show Notes:

University of Texas at Austin Entomology Collection – https://integrativebio.utexas.edu/biodiversity-collections/collections/entomology-insects
Insects Unlocked Crowdfunding Campaign website – https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/insects
Alex’s homepage – http://www.alexanderwild.com/
Bugshot Photography Workshops – http://bugshot.net/
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Brackenridge Field Laboratory – http://bfl.utexas.edu/

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Episode 78 – Fighting for Evolution with Trevor Valle & @TakeThatDarwin

Palaeontologist Trevor Valle and evolution vigilante Dal (AKA @TakeThatDarwin) talk to us about how they face off with evolution denialists, and why pop stars don’t get carte blanche at Natural History Museums.

Show Notes:
This is what happens when a palaeontologist attacks K$sha on Twitter

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Episode 77 – From Ants To Academics with Dr. Adrian Smith

Dr. Adrian Smith, a post-doc at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, chats with us about his work on ant behaviour and chemical ecology, why he thinks scientists should be at least partly responsible for communicating their work, and about his own goals and strategies when it comes to scicomm.

Show Notes:
Smith A.A. & A. V. Suarez (2015). A social insect fertility signal is dependent on chemical context, Biology Letters, 11 (1) 20140947-20140947. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0947

Age of Discovery Podcast – http://www.aodpod.com

 

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Age of Discovery Podcast – http://www.aodpod.com/

 

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New Anoles on the Block & Reinventing the Stickleback with Dr. Yoel Stuart

Dr. Yoel Stuart, a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, joins us to discuss the evolutionary ramifications of invasive anoles on the islands of Florida. Turns out it’s like the Olympic motto, Higher, Faster, Stronger, but with bigger toes. Yoel also tells us about some of his current work studying convergent evolution in British Colombian sticklebacks.

 

Show Notes:
Stuart Y.E., P. A. Hohenlohe, R. G. Reynolds, L. J. Revell & J. B. Losos (2014). Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener, Science, 346 (6208) 463-466. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1257008

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Parents of the Year with Dr. Dieter Lukas

Dr. Dieter Lukas, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, joins Heidi, Tom & Morgan to explain why a lot of mammals may not qualify for Parent of the Year.

Show Notes:
Lukas D. (2014). The evolution of infanticide by males in mammalian societies, Science, 346 (6211) 841-844. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1257226

Lukas D. (2013). The Evolution of Social Monogamy in Mammals, Science, 341 (6145) 526-530. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1238677

Lukas D. (2014). Costs of mating competition limit male lifetime breeding success in polygynous mammals, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1786) 20140418-20140418. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0418

 

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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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