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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.

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Bat biologists Hagen and Fisher

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 054
Guest: Fisher, Rebecca, Hagen, Elizabeth

Here is something special you can add to your trick-or-treating this year. Find out if there are vampire bats waiting to drink your blood - or if we really have a funny bone in our body? These are just a few of the things Dr. Biology and his guests Rebecca Fisher and Elizabeth Hagen talk about on this show. You can even listen to some real bat chatter.

Denardo and Vlooswijk

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 053
Guest: DeNardo, Dale, Vlooswijk, Arno

After a long hot summer it seemed like a good time to see how some animals keep cool in extreme heat and stay warm when it is freezing outside. One animal even uses fiber optics to stay warm when the temperatures are below zero. Dr. Biology talks with biologist Dale DeNardo and engineer and thermographic artist Arno Vlooswijk about what's hot and what's not when it comes to thermoregulation.

Ken Dial

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 052
Guest: Dial, Ken

To fly like a bird. It's the dream of many people - being able to soar in the air without a plane or other device. But have birds always been masters of the sky? Dr. Biology talks with ornithologist Ken Dial about the evolution of bird flight and what he and other scientists have learned with the help from some modern baby dinosaurs (birds).

Biologists Funk and Pyle

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 051
Guest: Funk, Vicki, Pyle, Richard

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

Flora Delaterre

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 050
Guest: Judy, Beth

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.

Shaibi Gabe

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 049
Guest: Shaibi, Gabriel

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.

Emil McCain

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 048
Guest: McCain, Emil

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.

Edward O Wilson

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 047
Guest: Wilson, Edward

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.

Edward O Wilson

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 046
Guest: Wilson, Edward

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."

Elser Saxon

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 045
Guest: Saxon, Michael, Elser, James

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.

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