Listen to the Ask A Biologist Podcast

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 90 episodes and we continue to add more interviews. Each show includes a full written transcript and content log.

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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.

Wehner with ants

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 044
Guest: Wehner, Rüdiger

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?

Haydel and Henderson clays

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 043
Guest: Haydel, Shelley, Henderson, Marissa

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.

Bryant Vaughn

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 042
Guest: Bryant, Vaughn

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.

Doug Lake Immune Research

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 041
Guest: Lake, Doug, Santos, Ramon

It can start with a paper cut, or bruise, sometimes it might be a cold or the flu that triggers your body defense and repair system. Listen in as Dr. Biology and Co-host Ramon Santos from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary learn more about how our bodies can repair themselves even while we sleep. Guest biologist Doug Lake talks about body repair, our immune system and how it might be used to treat cancer.

Tina Wilson plants

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 040
Guest: Wilson, Tina

On a hot summer day in the desert, temperatures are often hotter than 110 degrees F (43 degrees C). If the heat is not bad enough, there can be weeks and months without a drop of rain. How do desert plants like the Saguaro Cactus survive in such difficult conditions? Dr. Biology talks with Tina Wilson from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona to get the story behind plants that keep their cool in the desert.

Jim Collins NSF

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 039
Guest: Collins, James

Hitting the road again, Dr. Biology checks out the Biological Division of the National Science Foundation. He visits with the Dr. James Collins the person overseeing all the research funding for the biological area at NSF. Learn how your tax dollars are being used and the cool things that NSF funds that you may not have known about.

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