Episode 25: Gecko Baywatch!


In Episode 25, we chat about all things gecko with Alyssa Stark (Ph.D. student at the University of Akron):  gecko-inspired tape, swimming geckos, gecko harnesses, pet geckos, crapping geckos … the fun never stops.  Join us to find out why it’s a bad idea to give your experimental animals names!


  • For more information on Alyssa’s research, you can find her page here.

Episode 24: D20 is people!

In episode 24, we chat with Anthony Salvagno (@thescienceofant), newly minted Ph.D in physics, about his thesis research on the effects of heavy water on living things (come, see the giant E. coli!) and his open science approach. It’s a great conversation, so have a listen!

Episode 23: Academentia and administrivia!

In episode 23, Tom, Morgan and I return to our roots of shooting the scientific breeze, ranging from de-extinction to the … interesting things … that people ask us when they find out what we do. Plus, for bonus points, you can play the Breaking Bio drinking game!

Episode 22: NOT just dinosaurs

In episode 22 we talk with @JohnRHutchinson, who does awesome biomechanics work on big animals (NOT just dinosaurs).  Ever wanted to know what it’s like to get a look at an elephant’s intestines?  He’s your man.  Also, this is Heidi’s first episode as a regular cohost of the show!  As you’ll see, she fits right in.

Episode 21: Attack of the Fire Ants!


In Episode 21, we talk with Heidi Smith from the University of Texas at Austin about her postdoc in behavioural ecology with Mike Ryan, the wonders of nature, bathing in fire ants, guns everywhere!, and a lot more!

Episode 20: Sexy dinosaurs!

Did we get your attention?  Join us for episode 20, where we talk to Jon Tennant (@protohedgehog), PhD student in paleontology at Imperial College, London about the ins-and-outs of the Jurassic-Cretaceous extinction, feathers and sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs, and how the “terrible lizards” got freaky!

Science-wise, the Knell et al. paper on detecting sexual selection from the fossil record can be found here, but several of the authors have blogged about it as well (Darren Naish at Scientific American, and Dave Hone at the Guardian). If, however, you want to go straight for the good stuff, check out Buzzfeed’s top NSFW dinosaur images…

In addition, a response to the Knell et al. paper prompted our very own Rafael Maia to start blogging, with this excellent post entitled ‘Understanding the sexual selection we cannot see‘. Go check it out!

Episode 19: Sasquatch!

In episode 19, we dissect the Sasquatch genome paper with David Winter (@TheAtavism).  Spoiler alert:  still not real.  Also, looking for a radical new weight loss solution?  Well, don’t try bot flies. Seriously.  Morgan and Bug Girl explain why it’s a really stupid idea.

  • If you have $30 to burn and you just can’t find a lighter, you can purchase the Sasquatch paper yourself.  But trust us, it’s not worth it.  Someone else did it so that you don’t have to.
  • Morgan went into more detail on the bot fly insanity here.

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:
Tapeworm eggs in fossil shark poop:
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) pulling a “bait-and-switch” on its aphid vector
Tommy mentioned some non sequitur cartoons he used to draw call “Existential Confectioneries”, some of which can be found here:

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

Episode 17: Akron! (And #scio13)

In this episode, Morgan, Rafael and I talk about the reasons we move where we do, why you don’t want a blood transfusion in Akron, and Morgan reports on Science Online (#scio13).

RAFAEL: The trial I mention (confusingly as usual) was the Kansas Evolution Hearings; you can read the letter from the other biologists in our department denouncing the Intelligent Design “expert witness” here.

Episode 16: A chat with Chris Buddle!


In episode 16 we’re joined by Chris Buddle (@cmbuddle) to talk about wolf spiders and their distinct lack of hunting in packs, field work in the Arctic, and how scientists can benefit from social media. Chris gives good interview, so come check out all that and more!