Episode 56: Growing up with Katie Hinde!

I bet you didn’t know that ‘comparative lactation’ was a thing, did you?  Well, it is.  And it’s awesome.  Katie Hinde (@mammals_suck), assistant professor at Harvard, joins us to talk about milk, milk, milk!  Oh, and some biology stuff.  Ever thought about milking a monkey?  Be prepared to have your mind blown.

Episode 55: Come share a paleofantasy with Marlene Zuk!

In episode 55 we’re joined by a luminary of evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology, Professor Marlene Zuk of the University of Minnesota!  Marlene joins us to talk about her latest book Paleofantasy, crickets, the odd things that people will tell you, and more!  If you like science, this one’s chock-full of it.

Episode 54: It’s goo time with Upulie Divisekera!


In episode 54 we chat with the talented Upulie Divisekera, molecular biology PhD student at Monash University.  It’s a free-wheeling interview covering everything from nanotech for cancer to science communication to Cordyceps fruiting bodies erupting out of human heads! Come on, you know you want to hear about the grey goo. All the cool kids are doing it.

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Episode 53: Shake some lice with Jessica Light!

In episode 53, we’re joined by the awesome and funny Jessica Light to talk lice. That’s right, lice. More generally, though, it’s host-parasite interaction and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. You’ll learn things. Interesting things. Dark things. Ever wondered how to collect lice from a dead rat? We guarantee that you’ll never look at a Home Depot the same way.

Episode 52: Into the jungle with Magdalena Sorger!

Epsiode 52: ants and careers!  We chat with Magdalena Sorger on cool trapjaw ants, unusual career paths in academia, and getting into field work when you’re not prepared for it.

You can find more information about Magdalena’s research on website or by following her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her photos of exploding ants from Borneo!

Magdalena ended up sticking around for awhile longer talking with Tom & Morgan about her research. Enjoy the full discussion below.

Episode 51: Try to keep up with Karen James!

In episode 51, we chat with the inspiring Karen James:  geneticist, innovator in citizen science, co-founder and director of the Beagle project, and she nearly went into space.  Frankly, after we post this episode, we’re all heading out to make something of ourselves.

Episode 50: The not-so-reluctant Mr. Quammen!

Episode 50!  For this episode, we had the chance to chat with amazing author and National Geographic contributor David Quammen (Spillover, Song of the Dodo).  This episode was so packed full of awesome that we recorded for double the length and split it into two parts.  No word of a lie, this is one of the best episodes we’ve recorded.

Episode 49: Mendeley with William Gunn!

In episode 49, we talk with William Gunn (@mrgunn), Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley!  We chat with him about Mendeley, replicating studies, open access, and Elsevier.  Did you #mendelete?  One of the hosts did! Come see us dish out the hardhitting journalistic questions for which our podcast is not at all famous.

Episode 48: Let anarchy reign with Zen Faulkes!

In episode 48, we talk with academic poster design guru (and all-around science guy) Zen Faulkes, also known as @doctorzen.  Come for the Captain Canuck, stay for the design tips!


  • Avid viewer and sometime host Sam Evans sent us this link during the podcast, which shows a great example of good poster design in action.

Episode 47: Yoda complex? Andrew Jackson!

In episode 47, we chat with Andrew Jackson of The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, or Trinity College Dublin, for short.  This time, we’re talking evolution of cooperation, we’re talking self-deception and creationism, we’re talking visual processing (why do flies live in the Matrix?), and we’re talking math.  Feel the modelling.  Live the modelling.  Love the (mathematical) modelling.