BB98 – Here Comes Caribou -bou with Jean Polfus

Jean Polfus is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba, and joins us from the edge of the Arctic to talk about her research on caribou ecology and evolution. We also discuss the role of traditional knowledge and native peoples in studying northern ecology, and how science needs more art.

Show notes:

Follow Jean Online:

  • Website: http://cari.cc.umanitoba.ca/jeanpolfus/
  • Twitter: @JeanPolfus – https://twitter.com/JeanPolfus
  • Instagram: http://instagram.com/jeanpolfus
  • Tumblr: http://jeanpolfus.tumblr.com/
  • Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildLinesStudio/
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jean-polfus/48/246/511
  • ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jean_Polfus

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Episode 78 – Fighting for Evolution with Trevor Valle & @TakeThatDarwin

Palaeontologist Trevor Valle and evolution vigilante Dal (AKA @TakeThatDarwin) talk to us about how they face off with evolution denialists, and why pop stars don’t get carte blanche at Natural History Museums.

Show Notes:
This is what happens when a palaeontologist attacks K$sha on Twitter

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New Anoles on the Block & Reinventing the Stickleback with Dr. Yoel Stuart

Dr. Yoel Stuart, a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, joins us to discuss the evolutionary ramifications of invasive anoles on the islands of Florida. Turns out it’s like the Olympic motto, Higher, Faster, Stronger, but with bigger toes. Yoel also tells us about some of his current work studying convergent evolution in British Colombian sticklebacks.


Show Notes:
Stuart Y.E., P. A. Hohenlohe, R. G. Reynolds, L. J. Revell & J. B. Losos (2014). Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener, Science, 346 (6208) 463-466. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1257008

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Website – https://stuartyoel.wordpress.com/

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Parents of the Year with Dr. Dieter Lukas

Dr. Dieter Lukas, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, joins Heidi, Tom & Morgan to explain why a lot of mammals may not qualify for Parent of the Year.

Show Notes:
Lukas D. (2014). The evolution of infanticide by males in mammalian societies, Science, 346 (6211) 841-844. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1257226

Lukas D. (2013). The Evolution of Social Monogamy in Mammals, Science, 341 (6145) 526-530. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1238677

Lukas D. (2014). Costs of mating competition limit male lifetime breeding success in polygynous mammals, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1786) 20140418-20140418. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0418


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Flamingo Fun with Chris Torres – Breaking Bio Ep. 74

This week, we learn all about flamingos from molecular biologist/palaeontologist Chris Torres of the University of Texas at Austin. Chris also explains how he solved a 150 year old mystery in a natural history museum, and why his house is covered in pink.

Show Notes:
Torres C. (2001). Relationships of Birds – Molecules versus Morphology, eLS, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470015902.a0003357.pub3

Torres C.R., Mark AF Gillingham, Brittney Ferrari & Marcel van Tuinen (2014). A multi-locus inference of the evolutionary diversification of extant flamingos (Phoenicopteridae), BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14 (1) 36. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-14-36

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Ep. 73 – Seeing Red, and yellow, and blue, with Dr. Nate Morehouse

This week we’re joined by Dr. Nate Morehouse, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies colour and how its used among insects and spiders. Nate explained some of his lab’s work trying to understand how butterflies tell who are potential mates and who are wasted effort, as well as how jumping spiders taste the rainbow.

If you enjoyed this episode, Nate and his lab could use your help with their crowd-funding campaign to finance an expedition to the southwestern US in search of colourful jumping spiders. Learn more and donate at their page on Experiment.com.

Show Notes:

Colour polymorphisms in butterflies and reproductive interference

Colour vision in jumping spiders and how they use it to preferentially select prey

Condition Dependent Ornaments and Life History in animals

Nate’s YouTube Channel with videos of spiders and field work

Nate’s Postdoc, Dr. Daniel Zurek’s YouTube Channel with more spider videos

How Animals Hacked the Rainbow and Got Stumped on Blue

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Morehouse Lab Webpage – http://www.biology.pitt.edu/person/nathan-morehouse

Morehouse Lab Blog (watch for it to go live soon) – http://www.morehouse.pit.edu

Morehouse Lab on Twitter – @MorehouseLab – https://twitter.com/MorehouseLab

Nate Morehouse on Twitter – @zapkapow – https://twitter.com/zapkapow


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Breaking Bio Episode 69 – Getting semi-social with Dr. Sandra Rehan!

We talk to Dr. Sandra Rehan of the University of New Hampshire about her work on the evolution of sociality, the natural history of bees, and what it’s like to be a new prof!

More info about Dr. Rehan’s work:

Lab webpage: http://www.unhbeelab.com/

Twitter: @sanrehan – https://twitter.com/sanrehan


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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

Breaking Bio Blitz! Soil Biodiversity with Natalie Bray

We learn about the tiny things that make soil function while talking to Natalie Bray, a Master’s student at Columbia University.

Follow along with the research being done by Conservation Biology Students at Columbia University featured on Breaking Bio Blitz on their blog, http://www.cuinthefield.wordpress.com

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…