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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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Smith with bee beard

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 024
Guest: Smith, Brian

Bee Movies are not just for Hollywood. Dr. Biology catches up with bee movie maker and neurobiologist Brian Smith who uses film and video to unlock the mystery behind bees and how they sense and communicate with the environment. This movie director may not bee up for an Academy Award, but he will let you in on the life of bees including bee vomit and their interesting dance steps. Bees Dance?

Lindsay Biologist

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 023
Guest: Lindsay, Stuart

The tiny world of nanobiology is the topic of this show. Dr. Biology sits down with nanobiologist and physicist Stuart Lindsay to learn about nanobiology and some of the cool and strange things that happen when things are so small.

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.

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