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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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Biology Net

Dr. Biology catches up with animal behavior biologist, John Alcock, and talks about his work, his research, and writing about animals and animal behavior. Hey I thought all bees lived in hives and what about these other animals called tarantula hawks? They're not tarantulas or a hawks.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 27:41 | Vol 011
iTunes | MP3 download | 13MB

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Casting a Podcast Line

Podcasting is new to both Ask A Biologist and an exciting new science program called Science Studio. The host of this new show, Peggy Coulombe, talks with Dr. Biology about what it has been like to start podcasting.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 17:41 | Vol 010
iTunes | MP3 download | 9MB

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The Art and Science of Broadcast Journalism

It's about getting and telling a story. It's about excitement. It's about letting people know what is happening in the world in which they live. Science broadcasting is both an art and science. Listen to two long-time BBC and ABC broadcasting journalists, Pauline Davies and Robyn Williams as they talk about the interview process.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 34:42 | Vol 009
iTunes | MP3 download | 17MB

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A Breath of Fresh Ocean Air

Yes, most of us know that plants and animals exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen gases, but how about the oceans - did you know that oceans breathe? Marine biologist Susanne Neuer talks about oceans, global warming, and life on not only Earth, but also the possibility of life on other worlds.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:49 | Vol 008
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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Butterflies and Insect Vision

Learn about one of natures most fashionable animals, the butterfly. In this three part series Professor Ron Rutowski talks about the role of butterflies in the ecosystem, and the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly (Part 1), along with his research on butterfly coloration and insect vision - are butterflies legally blind? (Part 2). In the last part (Part 3) of the series we learn about Professor Rutowski's other life as a musician and listen to a song from his solo album titled Violinalone.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 43:56 | Vol 007
iTunes | MP3 download | 21MB

Sections
Part 1 | Length - 13.99 | 7MB
Part 2 | Length - 17.52 | 8MB
Part 3 | Length - 13.39 | 7MB

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Keystone Species

Travel with us to the Tibetan plateau in China and the field site of conservation biologist Andrew Smith. There we will learn about some cute furry animals called Pikas and why they are considered a keystone species. Hey just what is a keystone species - that's something we will also learn about.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:31 | Vol 006
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Bugs in Space

Blast off with microbiologist Cheryl Nickerson and her high flying experiments on board the space shuttles. Learn how microbes grow in space and how this research will help not only astronauts, but also you and I on planet Earth. Did we mention race cars too?

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 26:48 | Vol 005
iTunes | MP3 download | 13MB

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The Sounds of Nature

An interview with biologist Pierre Deviche and his passion for recording some of natures most interesting animals. Humans are not the only animals that have dialects as you will learn in this show. Dr Biology tests your skills again with a mystery animal quiz at the beginning of this show.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:11 | Vol 004
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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The Social Nature of Nature

An interview with, biologist, movie maker, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Bert Hölldobler. Venture into the world filled with amazing facts and feats by an animal that will remain a mystery... at least until you listen to the clues at the beginning of this episode and make your own guess.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:52 | Vol 003
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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What's the buzz about bees and the bee genome?

An interview with biologist Gro Amdam, one of the members of the group that brought us the bee genome. Hey just what is a genome and could bees hold the answer to aging? In this show we learn the answers to these questions and why researchers are buzzing around bees.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 22:39 | Vol 002
iTunes | MP3 download | 11MB

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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.