Episode 10

In this series of clips shot at the Entomological Society of America 2012 conference, Morgan and Crystal interview a series of special guests (including a quick cameo from friends of the show @TheBugChicks!).

We met up with a bunch of different scientists at ESA 2012, and some were even willing to speak with us on camera!

Crystal Ernst introduces herself to the podcast, and talks a little about her work, blogging and her YouTube channel.

Michael Naegle from Brigham Young University tells us about parasitic earwigs that live on giant rats and tropical bats.

Matan Shelomi from the University of California, Davis (and the Bohart Museum of Entomology) discusses his paper on Pokemon Phylogenetics (you can see Matan’s phylogeny at the bottom of this post), as well as his research on a weird structure he’s found in the guts of walking sticks.

Nik Tatarnic, a post-doc at Macquarie University, Sydney chats about traumatic insemination.

We say a quick hello to The Bug Chicks, who make a second consecutive visit on Breaking Bio!

Phylogeny of Pokemon

Phylogeny of Pokemon from Shelomi, Richards, Li & Okido, 2012 [Annals of Improbable Research, Vol 18 (4), p. 15-17] (Click to enlarge)

Episode 9

In episode 9 we’re joined by the Bug Chicks (thebugchicks.com). Tom, Rafael, and I chat with Jessica and Kristie about everything from teaching about bugs to driving in East Africa with no brakes.

  • The Bug Chicks

Update from Tom:


Episode 8

I’m joined by Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, and Sam Evans to chat about science goblins, anti-intellectualism, Master’s degrees, the things we write on grants and the joys of working in a call centre.

Links to the stories in this episode:

  • Mid-year budget slashes $499m from research support
  • Italian court ruling sends chill through science community | Reuters 
  • Scientific Illiteracy: Why The Italian Earthquake Verdict is Even Worse Than it Seems | TIME.com
  • The Gambler and the Scientist | Slate