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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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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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

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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

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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.

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.


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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!

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

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


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