Episode 61: Bird nerding with Alex Bond!

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/).

Episode 56b – Mammal March Madness with Katie Hinde!

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!

Episode 54: It’s goo time with Upulie Divisekera!

 

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.

 

Episode 53: Shake some lice with Jessica Light!

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.