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You have been reading about the biologists behind the Ask A Biologist website. Now you can listen to them in our popular biology podcast show. Dr. Biology has been speaking with many of the biologists that are discovering new worlds and exploring new frontiers in biology. There are over 80 episodes and we continue to add more interviews. Each show includes a full written transcript and content log.

Want to watch some of our biologists in action? We are also building a collection of biologists in the lab and the field. Pick the "Watch" tab and pick one of the shows featuring our biologists.

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New Species Hunters

From high on top of the Tepui mountains in South America and into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, Vicki Funk and Richard Pyle search the globe looking for new plants and animals. Dr. Biology has a chance to learn some interesting things about exploring for new species - like what is the Smithsonian Diet and how to lighten the mood when surrounded by hundreds of sharks

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:00 | Vol 051
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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Flora Delaterre - Plant Detective

Dr. Biology along with a group of curious high school students learn why Detective Flora Delaterre is investigating plants and how they can be the perfect medicine for what makes you sick.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 19:37 | Vol 050
iTunes | MP3 download | 10MB

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Oh No, Not Exercise!

It's that time of year when those that have not been exercising think about starting their new routine, but is all exercise the same? Do you need to run five miles every day to get in shape and be healthy? Dr. Biology has a chance to sit down after a workout session to talk about exercise and kids with metabolic biologist Gabriel Shaibi. What he and a group of researchers found might surprise you.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:14 | Vol 049
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Is There a Jaguar in My Backyard?

Could these shy cats be living in Southern Arizona? Dr. Biology learns about these amazing animals from wildlife biologist Emil McCain. The two talk about the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project and how two long-time hunters became the biggest fans and supporters for Jaguar habitat.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:41 | Vol 048
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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Edward O. Wilson Science Rock Star - Part 2

Dr. Biology continues his conversation with biologist Ed Wilson. Just what does it take to be a great scientist? What would he do to encourage students to become scientists? These are just a few of the things we learn in this show as well as what Ed Wilson would do or be if he were not a biologist. Some of the answers might surprise you.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 21:02 | Vol 047
iTunes | MP3 download | 10MB

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Edward O. Wilson Science Rock Star - Part 1

Dr. Biology sits down with biologist E. O. Wilson to talk about science, his writing including his book, Superorganism, and future new novel, as well as his art. Along the way they discuss the Encyclopedia of Life web project and a very cool outdoor activity called a "Bioblitz."

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:27 | Vol 046
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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The Other Marine Biologist

When many people hear the words "marine biology" they think of oceans and the things that live in oceans and seas. What most people do not know is there is an area of biology that studies marine life found in lakes, rivers, and streams. Co-host Michael Saxon and Dr. Biology catch up with limnologist James Elser to learn more about these other marine biologists. Along the way they learn about, fantastic places, evolution and a new computer game called evoSpore.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:28 | Vol 045
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Cataglyphis Versus Saharabot

Imagine a David and Goliath battle between a tiny desert dwelling ant and a monster robot. What can we learn from these two unlikely characters? Dr. Biology gets the chance to talk with biologist Rüdiger Wehner about his amazing study subject Cataglyphis fortis and his robot incarnation. Did we mention these ants do geometry - maybe you could use one as a tutor?

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:53 | Vol 044
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Mud Science - Healing with Clays

Do you remember playing with mud as a child? Maybe you still do enjoy making a mud pie or two. It turns out mud, or to be correct clays show promise for treating and maybe curing some diseases. Listen in as co-host Marissa Henderson and Dr. Biology learn more about the amazing properties of some clays from microbiologist Shelley Haydel.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:28 | Vol 043
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Pollen - Nature's Tiny Clues

Pollen and sneezing go together like Spring and fresh flowers in bloom. And even though pollen gets a bad reputation, it is actually a powerful tool in crime scene investigation (CSI), as well as anthropology, underwater archeology, and oil and coal exploration. Dr. Biology gets a chance to visit with palynologist Vaughn Bryant to learn more about pollen including its sweet connection to honey.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 27:48 | Vol 042
iTunes | MP3 download | 13MB

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Podcast contest winner in action

Podcast contest

Calling all students in the Phoenix area, the Ask A Biologist co-host contest is here...

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.