Evolutionary Biology

BB100 – Read broadly and carry a big horn with Dr. Doug Emlen

In a very special episode #100, we talk to Dr. Doug Emlen, Professor of Biology at the University of Montana and author of the new book Animal Weapons, about animals that don’t back down from a fight (unless it makes evolutionary sense to do so), and Doug shares all his tips on how to tell the story of evolution to everyone when you’re used to writing for academics.

Show notes:

  • Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle
  • Competition among body parts in the development and evolution of insect morphology
  • The evolution of animal weapons (Review Paper)
  • Evolution: Making Sense of Life (co-authored with Carl Zimmer)

Follow Doug online:

  • Lab Webpage – http://hs.umt.edu/dbs/labs/emlen/default.php
  • Book Website – http://www.animalweapons.com/
  • Twitter – @dougemlen – https://twitter.com/DougEmlen
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Douglas-Emlen-Author-Page-505276909609174/timeline/

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BB99 – Getting Down to Monkey Business with Dr. Alexander Georgiev

The birds and the bees may do it, but how about different monkeys and apes? Dr. Alexander Georgiev talks about his work on reproductive behaviours and costs in chimpanzees and Rhesus macaques, and how different their sexual practices are.

Show notes:

  • The high price of success: costs of mating effort in male primates
  • Breaking the succession rule: the costs and benefits of an alpha-status take-over by an immigrant rhesus macaque on Cayo Santiago
  • Trade-offs between acquired and innate immune defenses in humans

Follow Alex:
Website – https://sites.google.com/site/alexandervgeorgiev/
Twitter – @alexvgeorgiev – https://twitter.com/alexvgeorgiev
Blog – https://primatesandotheranimals.wordpress.com/

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BB 90 – From Doctor to Documentary with Dr. Nate Dappen & Dr. Neil Losin #AltActober

With PhD’s in evolutionary biology in their back pockets, Drs. Nate Dappen and Neil Losin set out to become wildlife filmmakers and science communicators. #AltActober continues with Nate and Neil sharing how they teamed up to form their production company, Day’s Edge Productions, and some simple advice for those looking to share their work in a visually compelling way.

Show Notes:
Snows of the Niles
Islands of Creation teaser
Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Maize

Follow Nate & Neil:
Website – http://www.daysedge.com/
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Twitter – @neillosin – https://twitter.com/neillosin
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