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

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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.

Quentin Wheeler

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.

Miles Orchinik

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 012
Guest: Orchinick, Miles

What is stress? We often know what stress feels like, but what is it and what causes it? We get a chance to learn about stress, the brain, and two very important areas in the brain, the hippocampus and hypothalamus. We also learn how the very vocal Bull Frog is helping biologist Miles Orchinik learn about stress and the brain. Listen to a ribbiting show...

John Alcock

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 011
Guest: Alcock, John, DxwfBGw_aHQh

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.

Peggy Coulombe

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 010
Guest: Coulumbe, Peggy

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.

Pauline Davies and Robyn Williams

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 009
Guest: Davies, Pauline, Williams, Robyn

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.

remote sensors in the ocean

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 008
Guest: Neuer, Susanne

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.

Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 007
Guest: Rutowski, Ron

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.

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Ask A Biologist Podcast, Vol. 006
Guest: Smith, Andrew

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.


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