Biology

BB99 – Getting Down to Monkey Business with Dr. Alexander Georgiev

The birds and the bees may do it, but how about different monkeys and apes? Dr. Alexander Georgiev talks about his work on reproductive behaviours and costs in chimpanzees and Rhesus macaques, and how different their sexual practices are.

Show notes:

Follow Alex:
Website – https://sites.google.com/site/alexandervgeorgiev/
Twitter – @alexvgeorgiev – https://twitter.com/alexvgeorgiev
Blog – https://primatesandotheranimals.wordpress.com/

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BB 91 – Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole

Dr. Kelley Remole, Director of Neuroscience Outreach at Columbia University, talks about her #AltActober experience working as an educator & administrator after finishing her PhD.

Show Notes:
Neurodome – http://www.neurodome.org/
Brains in the City – http://www.columbiabrains.com/
Brains @ AMNH – http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/brain-the-inside-story

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Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach – http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cuno/
Twitter – @notjustbrainsci – https://twitter.com/notjustbrainsci
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelleyremole

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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

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Website – http://www.adrianalansmith.com/
Twitter – @smadriant – https://twitter.com/smadriant
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/adrianalansmith
Age of Discovery Podcast – http://www.aodpod.com/

 

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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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Dieter’s Website & Blog – http://people.ds.cam.ac.uk/dl384/

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Breaking Bio Episode 67 – Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren

 

Tom talks to Dr. Hope Jahren from the University of Hawaii Manoa about her work on plants and how they deal with changing climates, both in recent years and long in the past.

Learn more about Hope’s research & read her excellent writing at:
Lab webpage
Personal blog – Hope Jahren Sure Can Write (she’s not kidding, she really, really can)
Twitter – @HopeJahren

Shortly after this episode was taped, Hope published an incredibly moving and important opinion piece in the New York Times regarding Science’s Sexual Assault Problem. We highly recommend you take the time to read it if you haven’t done so already.

Breaking Bio Episode 66 – Fighting Bad Medicine with Dr. David Gorski

We sit down to talk with Dr. David Gorski, oncologist and science blogger, about his long blogging career and his continuing crusade against crack-pot medical advice.

Find David online at:
Science-Based Medicine – http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/author/david-gorski/
Respectful Insolence – http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/
Twitter – @gorskon – https://twitter.com/gorskon

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Breaking Bio #65 – Sex chromosomes & Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres!

We sit down to talk about the evolution of sex chromosomes and the diversity of ways organisms determine sex with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres of Arizona State University. Dr. Wilson Sayres also explains why math is important for biologists, and how public outreach and engagement needs to become more common from practicing scientists.

Find out more about Dr. Wilson Sayres’ research on her website – https://sites.google.com/site/mwilsonsayres/
Read her blog – http://mathbionerd.blogspot.ca/
And follow her on Twitter – @mwilsonsayres

Episode 18: Parasites FTW! (Guest: Tommy Leung)

In episode 18, Morgan and I are joined by Tommy Leung, evolutionary biologist and parasitologist extraordinaire, to talk about parasites of all kinds.  And as a special bonus, MC Parasite appears out of nowhere to hit us with some evobio rhymes on the evolution of altruism and cooperation!

Here’s some of the stuff that we talked about during this week’s episode:

The Parasite of the Day blog:
http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com
Tapeworm eggs in fossil shark poop:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055007
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) pulling a “bait-and-switch” on its aphid vector
http://www.pnas.org/content/107/8/3600.full
Tommy mentioned some non sequitur cartoons he used to draw call “Existential Confectioneries”, some of which can be found here:
http://the-episiarch.deviantart.com/gallery/26748215

BONUS: Here’s the full and unedited version of Tommy’s rap for your listening pleasure…