Episode 28: Bats!

Our guest Patty Jones from UT Austin joins us to talk about frog-eating bats, the joys of field work, and the crew hatches a plan to rid the world of Justin Bieber!

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 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 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.

So it begins…

Welcome to the new home of the Breaking Bio podcast.  Here you’ll be able to find the episodes of the podcast past and present, watch the podcast stream live as we record it on Google+, and find links to items of interest. There may even be posts from our growing list of flying monk^H^H^H^H hosts . And we’d love to hear from you, the listener, so please reach out to us!