Breaking Bio

de Steven Hamblin

Biologists talking science

Episodios

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

por Steven Hamblin

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.

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

por Steven Hamblin

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.

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BB98 - Here Comes Caribou -bou with Jean Polfus

por Steven Hamblin

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.

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BB97 - Changing the World With Your Video Camera with Rob Nelson

por Steven Hamblin

Rob Nelson, Director of Untamed Science, explains how he went from marine biology to science & nature filmography, and how he's trying to help more people come to love the natural world through YouTube.

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BB96 - Shedding Light on Urban Biodiversity & Anti-science Politics with Dr. Travis Longcore

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Travis Longcore, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Spatial Sciences, and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, speaks to us about his work with habitat conservation in Los Angeles, how we're lighting up the night in the worst possible way, and why he felt compelled to speak out against the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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BB95 - It Takes A Manor to Raise a Meerkat with Dr. Kirsty MacLeod

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Kirsty MacLeod is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (and soon to be at Penn State), and shares why her research is largely possible because a colony of meerkats developed an addiction to boiled eggs, and why a threatened New Zealand bird is getting a free lunch.

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BB94 - Rallying for Rails with Auriel Fournier!

por Steven Hamblin

Auriel Fournier is a PhD candidate at the University of Arkansas studying rail ecology & migration. She tells us why she loves rails, how she learned to fix a flooded out ATV, and why unpaid internships in biology are harming our future.

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BB 93 - Behind The Scenes at Elsevier with Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans #AltActober

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans went from submitting & reviewing papers as a post-doctoral fellow to managing multiple journals as a publisher for Elsevier. She joins us for the last instalment of #AltActober to share her journey and provide some insights into how mega-publishers function.

 

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BB92 - Reaching out and Teaching with Dr. Stephanie Kadison #AltActober

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Stephanie Kadison went from being a post-doctoral researcher to a specialist high school teacher without any prior teaching experience. Find out how she fell in love with teaching in this week's #AltActober episode!

 

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BB 91 - Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Kelley Remole, Director of Neuroscience Outreach at Columbia University, talks about her #AltActober experience working as an educator & administrator after finishing her PhD.

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

por Steven Hamblin

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.

 

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BB 89 - Public Radio & Education with Ariel Zych #AltActober

por Steven Hamblin

Ariel Zych, Education Manager of the Science Friday Initiative, helps us kick off #AltActober, our special month long look at careers outside academia and the people who made the jump. Ariel explains why she decided to leave a funded PhD position to explore the world of teaching, education and non-profit outreach.

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BB 88 - Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner

por Steven Hamblin

Beulah Garner, Senior Curator of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum joins us to share her love for beetles, experiences from field work, and how women in the natural sciences are still faced with inappropriate behaviours and sexist attitudes directed at them.

 

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BB87 - Frogs, Fellowships, and Family with Dr. Lauren O'Connell

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Lauren O'Connell, Bauer Fellow at Harvard University, joins us to talk about her work on poison dart frog ecology, being an early career woman scientist with kids, and how she's helping school kids learn about the world around them by raising frogs.

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BB 86 - Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!

por Steven Hamblin

Brooke Borel, Contributing Editor at Popular Science Magazine and freelance science writer, joins us to discuss her new book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, the industry behind edible insects, and how to fact check your journalism.

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BB 85 - Brain Food with Dr. Joe Schumacher

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Joe Schumacher, Post-doc at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience joins us to talk about treeshrews and how complicated the brain truly is!

 

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BB 84 - Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. David Steen of Auburn University joins us to talk about the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi), what he's doing to help conserve this endangered species, and how Twitter is helping him improve public knowledge surrounding venomous snakes in North America.

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Episode 83 - Catching up with the Crew

por Steven Hamblin

Things have been happening in the lives & work of our faithful crew, but this episode will catch you up on what everyone's been up to. How do 4 early career biologists feel about academia at this point? Find out!

 

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BB 82 - Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert

por Steven Hamblin

We're back from our Spring Hiatus with a new show! This week, Dr. James Gilbert of the University of Hull stops by to tell us how to make new discoveries by accident, and the kinky world of bushcricket sex. 

 

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Ep 81 - Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Alex Bond, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, joins us again to talk about his work at opposite ends of the earth helping protect and raise awareness for at-risk bird populations. From giant mice eating albatross chicks, to mercury poisoning in ivory gulls, we discuss all the depressing ways humans are messing with birds.

 

For more information about Alex's work, and links to the papers and other things we talk about, check out http://breakingbio.com

BB 80 - Seeing spots & sniffing poop with Anne Hilborn

por Steven Hamblin

Anne Hilborn, PhD student at Virginia Tech, talks about her work studying the cheetahs of the Serengeti, including the not-so-glamourous aspects of the job, and then explains why she doesn't shy away from sharing her observations in graphic detail on Twitter.

 

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BB79 - Ant invaders and unlocking insects with Dr. Alex Wild

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Alex Wild, curator of entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, talks with Morgan & Tom about tracking ant invasions with natural history collections, the rights & wrongs of copyright, and his new crowd-funding campaign, Insects Unlocked.

 

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Ep 78 - Fighting for Evolution Online with Trevor Valle & @TakeThatDarwin

por Steven Hamblin

Palaeontologist Trevor Valle and evolution vigilante @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.

 

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Episode 77 - From Ants To Academics with Adrian Smith

por Steven Hamblin

Dr. Adrian Smith, a post-doc at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, chats with us about his work on ant behaviour and chemical ecology, why he thinks scientists should be at least partly responsible for communicating their work, and about his own goals and strategies when it comes to scicomm.

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

por Steven Hamblin

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.

Parents of the Year with Dr. Dieter Lukas

por Steven Hamblin

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. 

 

Find out more about Dieter's research, and find links to the papers we discuss at our website - http://breakingbio.com

Flamingo Fun with Chris Torres - Breaking Bio Ep. 74

por Steven Hamblin

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.

 

For more information, including links to the papers we discuss in this episode, check out the show notes at http://breakingbio.com.

Ep. 73 - Seeing red (and yellow, and blue) with Dr. Nate Morehouse!

por Steven Hamblin

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 - https://experiment.com/projects/why-are-some-jumping-spiders-so-colorful

What Makes Science Bloggers Tick with Paige Brown Jarreau!

por Steven Hamblin

This week we're talking to Louisiana State University PhD student Paige Brown Jarreau about her work trying to understand what makes science bloggers tick, or at least why they do what they do. We also discuss the role and future of crowd-funding scientific research.

Help support Paige's crowd-funding campaign - https://experiment.com/projects/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-what-does-the-science-blogger-do?s=search

Find more information, including links to resources discussed in this episode, on our website - http://breakingbio.com

Breaking Bio Episode 71 - Columbia University Mammal Mashup!

por Steven Hamblin

This week we've put together 4 shorter interviews with Columbia University Conservation Biology Master's Students who are all starting their academic careers studying some aspect of Mammal Conservation. From African traffic noise, to mouse gut microbes, and monkey poo to monkey conflicts, these students share their enthusiasm for their work.

 

Guests:

Kaggie Orrick - @KaggleRock - https://twitter.com/kagglerock

Erin Dimech - @ErinDimech - https://twitter.com/erindimech

Jessica Stitt - @JessMStitt - https://twitter.com/jessmstitt

Allison Roth

 

Columbia University Conservation Biology Student Blog - http://www.cuinthefield.wordpress.com/

BB Episode 70 - Mistaken sex and rapacious spiders with Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel!

por Steven Hamblin

This week, we talk to Dr. Emily Burfield-Steel of the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland about her work with species who get confused in the bedroom, how scientists introduce drama into spider sex, and moth farts. Kinda.

 

Check out http://breakingbio.com for more information, and links to the papers discussed in this episode!

BB 69 - Getting semi-social with Dr. Sandra Rehan!

por Steven Hamblin

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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BB 68 - #SAFE13 with Drs. Clancy, Nelson, Rutherford & Hinde

por Steven Hamblin

This week, we sit down and discuss the #SAFE13 project, which is bringing incidences of sexual harassment and assault in scientific field research to light, with the study's authors: Dr. Kate Clancy, Dr. Robin Nelson, Dr. Julienne Rutherford, and Dr. Katie Hinde. 

BB 67 - Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren

por Steven Hamblin

Tom talks to Dr. Hope Jahren from the University of Hawaii Manoa about her work on plants and how they deal with changing climates, both in recent years and long in the past.

BB 66 - Fighting Bad Medicine with Dr. David Gorski!

por Steven Hamblin

We sit down to talk with Dr. David Gorski, oncologist and science blogger, about his long blogging career and his continuing crusade against crack-pot medical advice.