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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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Ferran Garcia Pichel

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 022
Guest: Garcia-Pichel, Ferran

What could possibly be the difference between a cup of dirt and a cup of soil? Dr. Biology talks with microbiologist Ferran Garcia-Pichel about why he avoids the dirty word and prefers to say soil. Could it be there is more in a cup of dirt - excuse me a cup of soil than meets the eye?

Berens from TGen

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 021
Guest: Berens, Michael

What happens when good cells go bad? In this program Dr. Biology talks with cell biologist Michael Berens about cells and why they sometimes go bad. Could it be the genes and if it is a genetic breakdown could the new world of translational genomics hold the key to new treatments?

Stephen Pyne

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 020
Guest: Pyne, Stephen

Could fire be important for life on Earth? Would Earth be the same without fire? These are just a few of the many questions we have for fire researcher Stephen Pyne about fire and its role with life. Did we also mention his battle with a dragon? If you have a burning desire to learn the answers to these questions, tune in.

Stan Faeth

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 019
Guest: Faeth, Stan

Travel to Northern Arizona to the research site of ecologist Stan Feath and learn what he has learned from two native grasses. Who would have thought so much could be learned from these simple plants and the microscopic ecosystem that is part of their success. We also learn how Sleepy Grass got its nickname and the secret of why a fungus found in grasses could end up helping humans.

Quinlan and Conrad

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 018
Guest: Storad, Conrad, Quinlan, Michael

It's a mystery, at least until you try to guess what animal children book author Conrad Storad is describing at the beginning of this episode. Joining Conrad is physiologist Michael Quinlan. Together they give us all the gory details behind this desert dwelling animal.

Stephen Pratt ASU

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 017
Guest: Pratt, Stephen

You think you know a lot about ants? Think again. These tiny animals have a lot of interesting things that they are teaching us. Have you ever thought that ants might be doing math? Learn what biologist Stephen Pratt is finding out about about one very tiny species of ants.

Science in washington

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 016
Guest: Zook, Cheryl, Pennisi, Elizabeth, Palaez, Nancy

Travel with Dr. Biology as he heads to Washington D.C. to interview three people who are all involved with science even though two of them are not scientists. Interviews include Cheryl Zook (independent film maker), Elizabeth Pennisi (science writer), and Nancy Pelaez (program director - NSF-NSDL).

Kevin McGraw image

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 015
Guest: McGraw, Kevin

What is color? Do all animals see color? Do all animals see the same colors? In this show we learn the answer to these questions and about the colorful research that ecologist Kevin McGraw has been doing with birds and their colorful feathers. We even learn how the color "red" plays a special role for many animals including humans.

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 014
Guest: Wheeler, Quentin

Dr. Biology travels to the Tres Rios wetlands, a place where all types of living things can be found. He talks with local biologists about many of the species and also gets a chance to sit down and talk with Quentin Wheeler who is starting a new Institute that will be exploring and looking for species all around the world.

Valerie Stout

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 013
Guest: Stout, Valerie

Microbes are everywhere, but what are they? We get the inside story from microbiologist Valerie Stout about these tiny life forms including a slimy and gooey material many microbes make called biofilms. In fact, you have a daily encounter with biofilms and bacteria that can impact your health.


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