Breaking Bio

Breaking Bio

Synopsis

A group of biologists brings you into the world of evolution and biodiversity research by interviewing the people making new and exciting discoveries about our world.

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Episodes

  • BB100 - Read broadly and carry a big horn with Dr. Doug Emlen
    BB100 - Read broadly and carry a big horn with Dr. Doug Emlen
    Duration: 52min | 29/02/2016

    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 available at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – http://www.twitter.com/breakingbioFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB99 - Getting Down to Monkey Business with Dr. Alexander Georgiev
    BB99 - Getting Down to Monkey Business with Dr. Alexander Georgiev
    Duration: 36min | 22/02/2016

    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 at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – http://www.twitter.com/breakingbioFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB98 - Here Comes Caribou -bou with Jean Polfus
    BB98 - Here Comes Caribou -bou with Jean Polfus
    Duration: 38min | 15/02/2016

    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 available at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – http://www.twitter.com/breakingbioFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB97 - Changing the World With Your Video Camera with Rob Nelson
    BB97 - Changing the World With Your Video Camera with Rob Nelson
    Duration: 32min | 01/02/2016

    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. Show notes available at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – http://www.twitter.com/breakingbioFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB96 - Shedding Light on Urban Biodiversity  Anti-science Politics with Dr. Travis Longcore
    BB96 - Shedding Light on Urban Biodiversity & Anti-science Politics with Dr. Travis Longcore
    Duration: 40min | 25/01/2016

    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. Find show notes at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio: Twitter – @BreakingBio – http://www.twitter.com/breakingbioFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB95 - It Takes A Manor to Raise a Meerkat with Dr. Kirsty MacLeod
    BB95 - It Takes A Manor to Raise a Meerkat with Dr. Kirsty MacLeod
    Duration: 38min | 18/01/2016

    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. Show notes available at http://breakingbio.com   Follow Breaking Bio: Twitter - @BreakingBio - http://www.twitter.com/breakingbio Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcast iTunes - http://www.itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755 Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio  

  • BB94 - Rallying for Rails with Auriel Fournier!
    BB94 - Rallying for Rails with Auriel Fournier!
    Duration: 32min | 09/11/2015

    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. Show notes available at http://breakingbio.com Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – https://www.twitter.com/BreakingBioFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcastiTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • BB 93 - Behind The Scenes at Elsevier with Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans #AltActober
    BB 93 - Behind The Scenes at Elsevier with Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans #AltActober
    Duration: 45min | 02/11/2015

    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.   Show notes available at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB92 - Reaching out and Teaching with Dr. Stephanie Kadison #AltActober
    BB92 - Reaching out and Teaching with Dr. Stephanie Kadison #AltActober
    Duration: 30min | 26/10/2015

    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!   For show notes, visit http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 91 - Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole
    BB 91 - Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole
    Duration: 34min | 19/10/2015

    Dr. Kelley Remole, Director of Neuroscience Outreach at Columbia University, talks about her #AltActober experience working as an educator & administrator after finishing her PhD. Find show notes at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 90 - From Doctor to Documentary with Dr. Nate Dappen  Dr. Neil Losin #AltActober
    BB 90 - From Doctor to Documentary with Dr. Nate Dappen & Dr. Neil Losin #AltActober
    Duration: 41min | 13/10/2015

    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 available at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 89 - Public Radio  Education with Ariel Zych #AltActober
    BB 89 - Public Radio & Education with Ariel Zych #AltActober
    Duration: 36min | 05/10/2015

    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. Show notes available at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 88 - Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner
    BB 88 - Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner
    Duration: 38min | 28/09/2015

    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.   Show notes at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB87 - Frogs, Fellowships, and Family with Dr. Lauren OConnell
    BB87 - Frogs, Fellowships, and Family with Dr. Lauren O'Connell
    Duration: 32min | 15/09/2015

    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. Find show notes and past episodes at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 86 - Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!
    BB 86 - Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!
    Duration: 38min | 31/08/2015

    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. For show notes, check out http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 85 - Brain Food with Dr. Joe Schumacher
    BB 85 - Brain Food with Dr. Joe Schumacher
    Duration: 34min | 24/08/2015

    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!   For show notes, check out http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 84 - Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen
    BB 84 - Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen
    Duration: 39min | 10/08/2015

    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. For show notes & past episodes, check out http:breakingbio.com

  • Episode 83 - Catching up with the Crew
    Episode 83 - Catching up with the Crew
    Duration: 39min | 20/07/2015

    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!   Find show notes and past episodes at http://breakingbio.com

  • BB 82 - Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert
    BB 82 - Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert
    Duration: 39min | 13/07/2015

    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.    For more information, links, and show notes, check out http://breakingbio.com

  • Ep 81 - Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond
    Ep 81 - Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond
    Duration: 53min | 20/04/2015

    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
    BB 80 - Seeing spots & sniffing poop with Anne Hilborn
    Duration: 34min | 06/04/2015

    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.   For more information, links, and show notes, check out http://breakingbio.com

  • BB79 - Ant invaders and unlocking insects with Dr. Alex Wild
    BB79 - Ant invaders and unlocking insects with Dr. Alex Wild
    Duration: 36min | 23/03/2015

    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.   Find show notes at http://breakingbio.com   Follow Breaking Bio: Twitter – @BreakingBio – https://www.twitter.com/BreakingBio Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcast iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/breaking-bio/id542398755 Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/breaking-bio

  • Ep 78 - Fighting for Evolution Online with Trevor Valle  @TakeThatDarwin
    Ep 78 - Fighting for Evolution Online with Trevor Valle & @TakeThatDarwin
    Duration: 32min | 09/02/2015

    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.   Find show notes and links at http://breakingbio.com

  • Episode 77 - From Ants To Academics with Adrian Smith
    Episode 77 - From Ants To Academics with Adrian Smith
    Duration: 35min | 26/01/2015

    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. Find show notes & links to Adrian's work at http://breakingbio.com  

  • New Anoles on the Block  Reinventing the Stickleback with Dr. Yoel Stuart
    New Anoles on the Block & Reinventing the Stickleback with Dr. Yoel Stuart
    Duration: 32min | 19/01/2015

    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
    Parents of the Year with Dr. Dieter Lukas
    Duration: 34min | 12/01/2015

    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
    Flamingo Fun with Chris Torres - Breaking Bio Ep. 74
    Duration: 39min | 15/12/2014

    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!
    Ep. 73 - Seeing red (and yellow, and blue) with Dr. Nate Morehouse!
    Duration: 41min | 23/11/2014

    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!
    What Makes Science Bloggers Tick with Paige Brown Jarreau!
    Duration: 41min | 10/11/2014

    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!
    Breaking Bio Episode 71 - Columbia University Mammal Mashup!
    Duration: 31min | 05/11/2014

    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!
    BB Episode 70 - Mistaken sex and rapacious spiders with Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel!
    Duration: 29min | 27/10/2014

    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!
    BB 69 - Getting semi-social with Dr. Sandra Rehan!
    Duration: 29min | 14/10/2014

    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   ------- Find more of Breaking Bio online: Blog & past episodes: http://breakingbio.com/ Twitter: @BreakingBio - https://twitter.com/BreakingBio Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakingbiopodcast

  • BB 68 - #SAFE13 with Drs. Clancy, Nelson, Rutherford  Hinde
    BB 68 - #SAFE13 with Drs. Clancy, Nelson, Rutherford & Hinde
    Duration: 34min | 06/10/2014

    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
    BB 67 - Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren
    Duration: 32min | 29/09/2014

    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!
    BB 66 - Fighting Bad Medicine with Dr. David Gorski!
    Duration: 30min | 22/09/2014

    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.

  • Breaking Bio 65 - Sex Chromosomes  Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres
    Breaking Bio 65 - Sex Chromosomes & Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres
    Duration: 34min | 15/09/2014

    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.

  • BB Special - Miss Possible!
    BB Special - Miss Possible!
    Duration: 31min | 30/07/2014

    We're on hiatus for the summer, but filmed a special episode to highlight a crowd-funding project that we think deserves a voice and hopefully some funding. We talk to Janna Eaves, CTO and Co-Founder of Miss Possible, a start-up company looking to empower girls to follow their dreams by creating a line of children's dolls showcasing female role models from STEM fields. Miss Possible is currently running a crowd-funding campaign in order to start production on their first doll (Marie Curie). Janna tells us all about what Miss Possible is and hopes to do, as well as how a couple of entreprenuerial women started their own line of dolls while finishing their undergraduate degrees in engineering.

  • BB Blitz! Natalie Bray
    BB Blitz! Natalie Bray
    Duration: 08min | 02/07/2014

    Natalie Bray of Columbia University discusses her work studying soil biodiversity.

  • BB64: Singing mice with Steve Phelps!
    BB64: Singing mice with Steve Phelps!
    Duration: 30min | 05/06/2014

     In episode 64 we talk with Steve Phelps of the University of Texas at Austin about the evolution of social behaviour, prairies voles, singing mice, Twitter for academics, the academic work life and more!

  • BB Blitz! Erin Eastwood
    BB Blitz! Erin Eastwood
    Duration: 10min | 16/05/2014

    Erin Eastwood, an MSc student at Columbia University, talks to us about her research on Marine Protected Areas and small scale fisheries in Fiji.

  • BB 63: Movies, TV and Science Communication with Dr. Crystal Dilworth!
    BB 63: Movies, TV and Science Communication with Dr. Crystal Dilworth!
    Duration: 30min | 05/05/2014

    We talk to Dr. Crystal Dilworth, science correspondent with Al Jazeera America, about the many ways she's helped promote science on screen.

  • BB Blitz: Oil Palms and Elephants with Cynthia Malone
    BB Blitz: Oil Palms and Elephants with Cynthia Malone
    Duration: 08min | 02/05/2014

    In the very first Breaking Bio Blitz we talk to Cynthia Malone of Columbia University about her upcoming research on conflicts between wildlife and oil palm plantations in Cameroon.

  • BB62: Aging Sexy Dance Party with Stuart Wigby!
    BB62: Aging Sexy Dance Party with Stuart Wigby!
    Duration: 28min | 29/04/2014

    Don't worry, we're not the ones dancing. Stuart Wigby from the University of Oxford sits down to talk to us about his work on fruit fly sex, how aging impacts reproduction, and why his PhD students feel as comfortable on the dance floor as they do in the lab!

  • BB61: Bird nerding with Alex Bond!
    BB61: Bird nerding with Alex Bond!
    Duration: 28min | 10/04/2014

    This week's guest is ecologist and all-around bird nerd Dr. Alex Bond. Alex was an adjunct at the University of Saskatchewan when we talked to him, but he'll soon beginning his new position as a Conservation Scientist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  in the UK. Alex talked to us about the wide variety of ornithological research he's involved with, the importance of natural history to science, and why puffins are giant D-bags! Come for the feathers, stay for the fun! Follow along with Alex's research & upcoming field work in the middle of nowhere on Twitter (@thelabandfield) and his blog The Lab & Field (http://labandfield.wordpress.com/).

  • BB60: Climate and coral with Emily Darling!
    BB60: Climate and coral with Emily Darling!
    Duration: 39min | 25/03/2014

    It’s coral reefs, it’s climate change, it’s us making connections for our next African vacation.  It’s episode 60 with Emily Darling (@emilysdarling), marine ecologist extraordinaire! And good news:  we’re not all screwed.  Well, mostly.  Probably.  Okay, look, watch the interview and decide for yourself.

  • BB59: Dolphin time with Justin Gregg!
    BB59: Dolphin time with Justin Gregg!
    Duration: 30min | 17/03/2014

      It’s dolphin time!  Join us as we talk with Justin Gregg, research associate at the Dolphin Communication Project, author of the new book Are Dolphins Really Smart, and voiceover artist.  Bonus: a brief discussion on dolphin assisted birth and why that’s a really dumb idea.

  • BB58: From farm to fork with Dan Gillis!
    BB58: From farm to fork with Dan Gillis!
    Duration: 29min | 04/03/2014

    In episode 58 we’re joined by Dan Gillis, Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph.  We had a great talk about his work as an ecological modeller for the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations and about an innovative project with his students that is helping to deliver fresh food to food donors and emergency food providers!

  • BB57: Into the water with David Shiffman!
    BB57: Into the water with David Shiffman!
    Duration: 28min | 21/02/2014

    In episode 57 we’re joined by David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter), marine biologist, shark conservationist, and scicommer extraordinaire.  It’s a great interview, ranging everywhere from shark culls in Australia to mermaids to how one can buy the shirt off your Red Lobster servers’ back.  Everyone in the pool!

  • BB56: Growing up with Katie Hinde!
    BB56: Growing up with Katie Hinde!
    Duration: 33min | 11/02/2014

    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.

  • BB55: Come share a paleofantasy with Marlene Zuk!
    BB55: Come share a paleofantasy with Marlene Zuk!
    Duration: 31min | 31/01/2014

    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.

  • BB54: Its goo time with Upulie Divisekera!
    BB54: It's goo time with Upulie Divisekera!
    Duration: 26min | 24/01/2014

    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. For bonus points, follow Real Scientists on Twitter!

  • BB53: Shake some lice with Jessica Light!
    BB53: Shake some lice with Jessica Light!
    Duration: 27min | 08/01/2014

    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.

  • BB52: Ants in the jungle with Magdalena Sorger!
    BB52: Ants in the jungle with Magdalena Sorger!
    Duration: 29min | 12/12/2013

    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.

  • BB51: Try to keep up with Karen James!
    BB51: Try to keep up with Karen James!
    Duration: 31min | 01/12/2013

    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.

  • BB50: The not-so-reluctant Mr. Quammen (pt2)
    BB50: The not-so-reluctant Mr. Quammen (pt2)
    Duration: 28min | 21/11/2013

    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 (this is part 2).  No word of a lie, this is one of the best episodes we’ve recorded.

  • BB50: The not-so-reluctant Mr. Quammen (pt1)!
    BB50: The not-so-reluctant Mr. Quammen (pt1)!
    Duration: 33min | 21/11/2013

    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 (this is part 1).  No word of a lie, this is one of the best episodes we’ve recorded.

  • BB49: Mendeley with William Gunn!
    BB49: Mendeley with William Gunn!
    Duration: 27min | 21/11/2013

    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.

  • BB48: Let anarchy reign with Zen Faulkes! (October 23, 2013)
    BB48: Let anarchy reign with Zen Faulkes! (October 23, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 05/11/2013

    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!

  • BB47: Cooperation and self-deception with Andrew Jackson (October 9, 2013)
    BB47: Cooperation and self-deception with Andrew Jackson (October 9, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 28/10/2013

    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.

  • BB46: Tree of Life with Emily McTavish (September 17, 2013)
    BB46: Tree of Life with Emily McTavish (September 17, 2013)
    Duration: 31min | 20/10/2013

    Episode 46 finds us chatting with Emily McTavish, postdoc at the University of Kansas, about the Open Tree of Life project!  No idea what that is (http://opentreeoflife.org)?  Hear about the project, data collection, and why *you too* should be a programmer in biology!

  • BB45: Rap with Baba Brinkman! (September 10, 2013)
    BB45: Rap with Baba Brinkman! (September 10, 2013)
    Duration: 32min | 14/10/2013

    For episode 45, we're joined by the peer-reviewed rapper himself, Baba Brinkman (http://www.bababrinkman.com)!  What else can I say?  Sit back and listen to this interview filled with awesome sauce.  

  • BB44: Mites and millipedes, oh my! (September 4, 2013)
    BB44: Mites and millipedes, oh my! (September 4, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 09/10/2013

    Derek Hennen (@derekhennen) and Mike Skvarla (@MSkvarla36) join us to talk about the perils of Arkansas field work, their favourite mites and millipedes, and we end off with a fact about your eyebrows that will keep you up at night.  It's another must-watch!

  • BB 43: Cohosts and crowdfunding! (August something or other, 2013)
    BB 43: Cohosts and crowdfunding! (August something or other, 2013)
    Duration: 31min | 19/09/2013

    It's episode 43!  Your three sparkling cohosts discuss crowdfunding and other alternative ways of funding science, pros and cons, in depth.  We get a little more serious than our usual show, but it's a great conversation.

  • BB42: rugby with Josh Witten!
    BB42: rugby with Josh Witten!
    Duration: 31min | 13/09/2013

    In episode 42 we were joined by Josh Witten, PhD in molecular biology and big cheese at the awesome blog / science communication powerhouse The Finch & Pea (http://thefinchandpea.com).  Josh spent some time talking with Morgan and Heidi about science communication, rugby, and the scrum^H^H^H^H joys and perils of lab culture. (Did I get the ruby reference right?  Ah, what the hell do I know about sports...)

  • BB40: Orchids with Michael Whitehead! (August 14, 2013)
    BB40: Orchids with Michael Whitehead! (August 14, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 04/09/2013

    Michael joins us to talk orchids, flies, the hardships (hah!) of doing field work in South Africa, and selling your science.  Plus, look for yet another ignored request to cut stuff out of the episode!

  • BB40: Stephen Heap (August 7, 2013)
    BB40: Stephen Heap (August 7, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 14/08/2013

    In episode 40, Stephen Heap (University of Jyväskylä in Finland) joins us to talk about his research on everything from nest sites in toadlets to landmarks in cichlids to animal signalling systems to human cooperative behaviours!  Plus, why you should fear the winter in Finland.

  • BB39: The Bug Chicks are back!
    BB39: The Bug Chicks are back!
    Duration: 31min | 07/08/2013

    The Bug Chicks return (from way back in Episode 9!) to talk to use about their awesome Indiegogo campaign  (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bug-chicks) to film an educational show about bugs across the US.  Plus, an exclusive announcement about the show breaks here on the show, and we get some behind-the-scenes talk from the hosts!  If you like bugs, or good educational programming, or support women and girls in science then you should watch this episode. Now, go give them all your money.  We know where you live*. * We have no idea where you live, but the Bug Chicks still deserve some of your money.

  • BB38: Squid sex with Ben Wegener!
    BB38: Squid sex with Ben Wegener!
    Duration: 29min | 31/07/2013

    Some weeks it's zombie ants, some weeks it's kinky squid sex;  this week, it's kinky squid sex with Ben Wegener.  If you're looking for a conversation that veers wildly between technical aspects of sexual selection and questionable beauty products, we've got what you're looking for.  (Warning: this episode's audio is a little NSFW).

  • BB37: Zombies, with David Hughes!
    BB37: Zombies, with David Hughes!
    Duration: 30min | 24/07/2013

    ZOMBIES!  WANT YOUR BRAI…*ahem*. In this episode we chat with David Hughes (@zombieantguy): entomologist, parasitologist, and high-flying consultant to Hollywood and video games!  Come hear about behaviour-controlling fungi in ants, World War Z, and The Last of Us.  If you like better science in pop culture, David’s your guy.

  • BB36: Christie Wilcox! (July 3, 2013)
    BB36: Christie Wilcox! (July 3, 2013)
    Duration: 31min | 10/07/2013

    Christie Wilcox (@NerdyChristie) comes on to school us on lionfish with liver damage and why scientists should use social media.  Come for the invasive species, stay for the social media smackdown!

  • BB35: Phil Torres! (June 25, 2013)
    BB35: Phil Torres! (June 25, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 03/07/2013

    If you want to hear about cobra venom in your eye and tramping around the jungles like a *real* biologist, then Phil Torres is your man and this is your episode!  Plus, the behind-the-scenes story of the Donald Trump caterpillar.  Don't miss this one!

  • BB33: Brian Switek! (June 12, 2013)
    BB33: Brian Switek! (June 12, 2013)
    Duration: 37min | 18/06/2013

    My beloved Brontopodcast! Okay, the joke is lame (http://www.amazon.com/My-Beloved-Brontosaurus-Favorite-Dinosaurs/dp/0374135061), but the podcast isn't:  it's the awesome Brian Switek of Laelaps blog and twitter fame and author of two great books on dinosaurs and the fossil record.  I can't even describe it, you'll just have to listen to it.

  • BB32: Glendon Mellow! (May 31, 2013)
    BB32: Glendon Mellow! (May 31, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 04/06/2013

    In Episode 32, we talk with Glendon Mellow (@symbiartic), science illustrator extraordinaire, about his work illustrating biology, copyright, visuals in science, and tattoos!

  • BB31: Stu Auld! (May 24, 2013)
    BB31: Stu Auld! (May 24, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 27/05/2013

    In episode 31 we talk to Stu Auld about host-parasite coevolution in Daphnia.  If you like tales about crustaceans with parasites and gender issues, then this is the podcast for you!  If not, it's probably still the podcast for you, because Stu is awesome and funny.

  • BB30: Us! (May 10, 2013)
    BB30: Us! (May 10, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 20/05/2013

    In episode 30 Anthony returns to turn the tables and ask *us* questions for #scifund! If you've ever wanted a look behind the scenes of Breaking Bio, this is the podcast for you.

  • BB29: Beards! (May 2, 2013)
    BB29: Beards! (May 2, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 13/05/2013

    In episode 29 we talk with Mike Kasumovic about spiders and crickets and video games - and that's just the science!  Plus, Mike's tips on getting ahead in science and how to have a great academic beard.

  • BB28: Bats! (April 24, 2013)
    BB28: Bats! (April 24, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 08/05/2013

    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!

  • BB27: Shark teeth! (April 17. 2013)
    BB27: Shark teeth! (April 17. 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 01/05/2013

    In Episode 27, we chat with the awesome Joshua Drew (@labroides) and even drop in on his graduate class to say 'hi'.  If you're interested in awesome shark tooth weapons, communicating science, or the role of women in science, then this is the episode for you! Plus, bowties are *cool* (uh, though of course, you can't hear that).

  • BB26: Bioluminescence! (April 11, 2013)
    BB26: Bioluminescence! (April 11, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 16/04/2013

    In Episode 26 we talked with the awesome Siouxsie Wiles of the University of Auckland about bioluminesence and communicating science.  Seriously, I can't even describe how cool the squid are, and you'll never look at a mouse with TB the same way either!  (Well, if you had a way of looking at a mouse with TB to begin with, I suppose...)

  • BB25: Geckos! (April 4, 2013)
    BB25: Geckos! (April 4, 2013)
    Duration: 30min | 11/04/2013

    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!

  • BB24: D20 is people! (March 28, 2013)
    BB24: D20 is people! (March 28, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 02/04/2013

    In episode 24, we chat with Anthony Salvagno (@thescienceofant), newly minted Ph.D in physics, about his thesis research on the effects of heavy water on living things (come, see the giant E. coli!) and his open science approach. It's a great conversation, so have a listen!

  • BB23: Academentia and administrivia! (March 21, 2013)
    BB23: Academentia and administrivia! (March 21, 2013)
    Duration: 28min | 26/03/2013

    In episode 23, Tom, Morgan and I return to our roots of shooting the scientific breeze, ranging from de-extinction to the ... interesting things ... that people ask us when they find out what we do. Plus, for bonus points, you can play the Breaking Bio drinking game! 

  • BB 22: NOT just dinosaurs (March 15, 2013)
    BB 22: NOT just dinosaurs (March 15, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 18/03/2013

    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.

  • BB21: Fire ants! (March 7, 2013)
    BB21: Fire ants! (March 7, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 11/03/2013

    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!  

  • BB20: Sexy dinosaurs! (February 28, 2013)
    BB20: Sexy dinosaurs! (February 28, 2013)
    Duration: 27min | 04/03/2013

    In episode 20, 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!

  • BB19: Sasquatch! (And bot fly weightloss...)
    BB19: Sasquatch! (And bot fly weightloss...)
    Duration: 29min | 24/02/2013

    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.

  • BB 18: Parasites FTW! (February 14, 2012)
    BB 18: Parasites FTW! (February 14, 2012)
    Duration: 29min | 18/02/2013

    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 cooperation! 

  • BB17: Scio! (February 8, 2013)
    BB17: Scio! (February 8, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 11/02/2013

    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).  

  • BB16: A chat with Chris Buddle!
    BB16: A chat with Chris Buddle!
    Duration: 29min | 04/02/2013

    In episode 16 we're joined by Chris Buddle (@cmbuddle) to talk about wolf spiders and their distinct lack of hunting in packs, field work in the Arctic, and how scientists can benefit from social media. All that and more! 

  • BB15: Baby carrots! (January 25, 2013)
    BB15: Baby carrots! (January 25, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 29/01/2013

    In episode 15, Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, Tom and I discuss the least-stressful job of 2013 (professor!) and scientific literacy.  Then, the topic turns to baby carrots and things go completely off the rails.  You may never look at your vegetables the same way again. 

  • BB14: Jaden Walker and the bedroom of spiders! (January 18, 2013)
    BB14: Jaden Walker and the bedroom of spiders! (January 18, 2013)
    Duration: 29min | 22/01/2013

    In Episode 14, Morgan and I chat with Jaden Walker (@theeternal, @myriap0da), who is an amateur entomologist, musician, autism advocate, and more.  If you've ever wondered what it's like to house 12,000 spiders (no, that's not a typo) in your bedroom, this is the episode for you!  

  • BB13(3): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 3
    BB13(3): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 3
    Duration: 37min | 13/01/2013

    In this episode, we talk with the fantastic Jacquelyn Gill (@jacquelyngill)!  We had a great conversation but it was so meaty that I decided to break this one up into three parts.  In this third part, we talk with Jacquelyn about how to be social in science, getting a faculty job, dealing with the NSF (if you're American), and using Skype during your thesis defense!

  • BB13(2): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 2
    BB13(2): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 2
    Duration: 27min | 13/01/2013

    In this episode, we talk with the fantastic Jacquelyn Gill (@jacquelyngill)!  We had a great conversation but it was so meaty that I decided to break this one up into three parts.  In this second part, we talk with Jacquelyn about science and social media, imposter syndrome, and Bug Girl arrives to talk about the standing of women in science and how we can improve things.

  • BB13(1): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 1
    BB13(1): Jacquelyn Gill, Part 1
    Duration: 32min | 13/01/2013

    In this episode, we talk with the fantastic Jacquelyn Gill (@jacquelyngill)! We had a great conversation but it was so meaty that I decided to break this one up into three parts. In this first part, we talk with Jacquelyn about paleoecology, dung, scicomm, and mammoth cloning!

  • BB12: The Strepsiptera are rubbish! (November 30, 2012)
    BB12: The Strepsiptera are rubbish! (November 30, 2012)
    Duration: 41min | 13/12/2012

    In Episode 12, Bug, Crystal, Morgan, Tom and I talk about why the Strepsiptera are rubbish, censorship!, the public conversation about science and whether we can blog our science as it happens, and academic ... CV ... size.  Not only was this Crystal's first live podcast, but Tom was kind of drunk.  Audio is definitely NSFW.  

  • BB11: Bedbugs and traumatic insemination with Mike Siva-Jothy (November 22, 2012)
    BB11: Bedbugs and traumatic insemination with Mike Siva-Jothy (November 22, 2012)
    Duration: 53min | 02/12/2012

    In this episode I'm joined by Lauren, Tom, Morgan, Michael and Bug Girl as we talk with Professor Mike Siva-Jothy of the University of Sheffeild.  We cover traumatic insemination in bedbugs, tiny glass-blown genitalia, and the triumphant return of pubic lice! 

  • BB10: ESA Clips (Special episode)
    BB10: ESA Clips (Special episode)
    Duration: 52min | 21/11/2012

    In this series of clips shot at the Entomological Society of America 2012 conference, Morgan and Crystal interview a series of special guests (including a quick cameo from friends of the show @TheBugChicks!).

  • BB9: Bug Chicks! (November 7, 2012)
    BB9: Bug Chicks! (November 7, 2012)
    Duration: 01h03min | 15/11/2012

    In episode 9 we're joined by the Bug Chicks (thebugchicks.com).  Tom, Rafael, and I chat with Jessica and Kristie about everything from teaching about bugs to driving in East Africa with no brakes.  

  • BB8: Goblins and goodies. (October 26, 2012)
    BB8: Goblins and goodies. (October 26, 2012)
    Duration: 58min | 31/10/2012

    I'm joined by Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, and guest Sam Evans to chat about science goblins, anti-intellectualism, Master's degrees, the things we write on grants and the joys of working in a call centre.

  • BB7: An interview with Rob Brooks (October 17, 2012)
    BB7: An interview with Rob Brooks (October 17, 2012)
    Duration: 47min | 20/10/2012

    Professor Rob Brooks (@Brooks_Rob), a behavioural ecologist studying sexual reproduction at the University of New South Wales, joins Rafael, Morgan, Tom, Michael, Lauren, and I for an interview about his book (Sex, Genes, and Rock'n'Roll), and evolution in general.  In a departure from our usual format, there was a minimum of chaos.  Also, our new cohost Lauren (@PygmyLoris) joins us for the first time!  Due to mic issues we don't hear much from her, but look for her to be a big part of things in episodes to come.

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