Episodes

Episode 88 – Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner

Beulah Garner, Senior Curator of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum joins us to share her love for beetles, experiences from field work, and how women in the natural sciences are still faced with inappropriate behaviours and sexist attitudes directed at them.

Show notes:
Natural History Heroes – Evelyn Cheesman

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Website – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/beulah-garner.html
Blog – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/blogs/beetles
Twitter – @thiswordistaken – https://twitter.com/thiswordistaken
Friends of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum (Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/38603112572/
Beetles and Bugs NHM (Flickr) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/nhm_beetle_id/

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Episode 86 – Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!

Brooke Borel, Contributing Editor at Popular Science Magazine and freelance science writer, joins us to discuss her new book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, the industry behind edible insects, and how to fact check your journalism.

Show Notes:
Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World
“Disgusting” Bugs That Infested Burning Man Not Actually Disgusting
The Rise of the Incredible, Edible! Insect(PDF)
Robert Usinger biography
The Invisibles by David Zweig

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Our Modern Plagues – http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/our-modern-plagues

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Episode 84 – Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen

Dr. David Steen of Auburn University joins us to talk about the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi), what he’s doing to help conserve this endangered species, and how Twitter is helping him improve public knowledge surrounding venomous snakes in North America.

Show Notes:
The Best Biologist on Twitter – by Nicholas Lund (@TheBirdist)
Catherine Scott on Twitter – @Cataranea
Jimmy Stiles on Twitter – @wildtaught

Indigo snake eating a copperhead. Photo by James Godwin, used with permission.

Indigo snake eating a copperhead. Photo by James Godwin, used with permission.

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Website – http://davidasteen.com/
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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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Blog – https://jdjgilbert.wordpress.com/
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/
Follow Alex on Twitter – @myrmecos – https://www.twitter.com/myrmecos
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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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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