Episodes

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 64 – Singing mice with Steve Phelps!

In episode 64 we talk with Steve Phelps of the University of Texas at Austin about the evolution of social behaviour, prairies voles, singing mice, Twitter for academics, the academic work life and more!

Episode 63 – Movies, TV and Science Communication with Dr. Crystal Dilworth

Al Jazeera America science correspondant Dr. Crystal Dilworth gave us the scoop on some of her work spreading science on the big screen. From playing Tajel in the PhD Movie, to interviewing scientists for AJ Tech Know on Al Jazeera America, and from inspiring TEDx talks to projectile vomiting in the name of science, Crystal tells all about her unusual path to becoming a high-profile science communicator.

You can follow Crystal on Twitter @PolycrystalhD, and be sure to check out her TEDx talk, her web series Fail Lab (probably don’t watch the final episode over lunch), and her feature on PBS’ The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.

Breaking Bio Blitz! Oil Palms and Elephants with Cynthia Malone

Breaking Bio Blitz is something new we’re trying, where we speak with students who are just starting out on their path to becoming biologists about their upcoming research. Our first Breaking Bio Blitz guest is Cynthia Malone, a Master’s student at Columbia University who will be exploring conflicts between wildlife and oil palm plantations in Cameroon.

You can follow along with Cynthia’s work on Twitter (@cynth_malone).

Episode 62 – Aging Sexy Dance Party with Stuart Wigby!

Don’t worry, we’re not the ones dancing. Stuart Wigby (@StuartWigby) from the University of Oxford sits down to talk to us about his work on fruit fly sex, how aging impacts reproduction, and why his PhD students feel as comfortable on the dance floor as they do in the lab!

Be sure to check out Stuart’s former PhD student, Cedric Tan’s “Dance Your PhD” video on Sperm Competition Between Brothers and Female Choice.

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 60: Climate and coral with Emily Darling!

It’s coral reefs, it’s climate change, it’s us making connections for our next African vacation.  It’s episode 60 with Emily Darling (@emilysdarling), marine ecologist extraordinaire! And good news:  we’re not all screwed.  Well, mostly.  Probably.  Okay, look, watch the interview and decide for yourself.

Episode 58: From farm to fork with Dan Gillis!

In episode 58 we’re joined by Dan Gillis, Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph.  We had a great talk about his work as an ecological modeller for the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations and about an innovative project with his students that is helping to deliver fresh food to food donors and emergency food providers!

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!
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Episode 57: Into the pool with David Shiffman!

In episode 57 we’re joined by David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter), marine biologist, shark conservationist, and scicommer extraordinaire.  It’s a great interview, ranging everywhere from shark culls in Australia to mermaids to how one can buy the shirt off your Red Lobster servers’ back.  Everyone in the pool!