Breaking Bio



A group of biologists brings you into the world of evolution and biodiversity research by interviewing the people making new and exciting discoveries about our world.


  • BB100 - Read broadly and carry a big horn with Dr. Doug Emlen

    29/02/2016 Duración: 52min

    In a very special episode #100, we talk to Dr. Doug Emlen, Professor of Biology at the University of Montana and author of the new book Animal Weapons, about animals that don't back down from a fight (unless it makes evolutionary sense to do so), and Doug shares all his tips on how to tell the story of evolution to everyone when you're used to writing for academics. Show notes available at Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB99 - Getting Down to Monkey Business with Dr. Alexander Georgiev

    22/02/2016 Duración: 36min

    The birds and the bees may do it, but how about different monkeys and apes? Dr. Alexander Georgiev talks about his work on reproductive behaviours and costs in chimpanzees and Rhesus macaques, and how different their sexual practices are. Show notes at Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB98 - Here Comes Caribou -bou with Jean Polfus

    15/02/2016 Duración: 38min

    Jean Polfus is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba, and joins us from the edge of the Arctic to talk about her research on caribou ecology and evolution. We also discuss the role of traditional knowledge and native peoples in studying northern ecology, and how science needs more art. Show notes available at Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB97 - Changing the World With Your Video Camera with Rob Nelson

    01/02/2016 Duración: 32min

    Rob Nelson, Director of Untamed Science, explains how he went from marine biology to science & nature filmography, and how he's trying to help more people come to love the natural world through YouTube. Show notes available at Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB96 - Shedding Light on Urban Biodiversity & Anti-science Politics with Dr. Travis Longcore

    25/01/2016 Duración: 40min

    Dr. Travis Longcore, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Spatial Sciences, and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, speaks to us about his work with habitat conservation in Los Angeles, how we're lighting up the night in the worst possible way, and why he felt compelled to speak out against the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Find show notes at Follow Breaking Bio: Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB95 - It Takes A Manor to Raise a Meerkat with Dr. Kirsty MacLeod

    18/01/2016 Duración: 38min

    Dr. Kirsty MacLeod is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (and soon to be at Penn State), and shares why her research is largely possible because a colony of meerkats developed an addiction to boiled eggs, and why a threatened New Zealand bird is getting a free lunch. Show notes available at   Follow Breaking Bio: Twitter - @BreakingBio - Facebook - iTunes - Stitcher -  

  • BB94 - Rallying for Rails with Auriel Fournier!

    09/11/2015 Duración: 32min

    Auriel Fournier is a PhD candidate at the University of Arkansas studying rail ecology & migration. She tells us why she loves rails, how she learned to fix a flooded out ATV, and why unpaid internships in biology are harming our future. Show notes available at Follow Breaking Bio:Twitter – @BreakingBio – – – –

  • BB 93 - Behind The Scenes at Elsevier with Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans #AltActober

    02/11/2015 Duración: 45min

    Dr. Sheba Agarwal-Jans went from submitting & reviewing papers as a post-doctoral fellow to managing multiple journals as a publisher for Elsevier. She joins us for the last instalment of #AltActober to share her journey and provide some insights into how mega-publishers function.   Show notes available at

  • BB92 - Reaching out and Teaching with Dr. Stephanie Kadison #AltActober

    26/10/2015 Duración: 30min

    Dr. Stephanie Kadison went from being a post-doctoral researcher to a specialist high school teacher without any prior teaching experience. Find out how she fell in love with teaching in this week's #AltActober episode!   For show notes, visit

  • BB 91 - Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole

    19/10/2015 Duración: 34min

    Dr. Kelley Remole, Director of Neuroscience Outreach at Columbia University, talks about her #AltActober experience working as an educator & administrator after finishing her PhD. Find show notes at

  • BB 90 - From Doctor to Documentary with Dr. Nate Dappen & Dr. Neil Losin #AltActober

    13/10/2015 Duración: 41min

    With PhD's in evolutionary biology in their back pockets, Drs. Nate Dappen and Neil Losin set out to become wildlife filmmakers and science communicators. #AltActober continues with Nate and Neil sharing how they teamed up to form their production company, Day's Edge Productions, and some simple advice for those looking to share their work in a visually compelling way.   Show notes available at

  • BB 89 - Public Radio & Education with Ariel Zych #AltActober

    05/10/2015 Duración: 36min

    Ariel Zych, Education Manager of the Science Friday Initiative, helps us kick off #AltActober, our special month long look at careers outside academia and the people who made the jump. Ariel explains why she decided to leave a funded PhD position to explore the world of teaching, education and non-profit outreach. Show notes available at

  • BB 88 - Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner

    28/09/2015 Duración: 38min

    Beulah Garner, Senior Curator of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum joins us to share her love for beetles, experiences from field work, and how women in the natural sciences are still faced with inappropriate behaviours and sexist attitudes directed at them.   Show notes at

  • BB87 - Frogs, Fellowships, and Family with Dr. Lauren O'Connell

    15/09/2015 Duración: 32min

    Dr. Lauren O'Connell, Bauer Fellow at Harvard University, joins us to talk about her work on poison dart frog ecology, being an early career woman scientist with kids, and how she's helping school kids learn about the world around them by raising frogs. Find show notes and past episodes at

  • BB 86 - Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!

    31/08/2015 Duración: 38min

    Brooke Borel, Contributing Editor at Popular Science Magazine and freelance science writer, joins us to discuss her new book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, the industry behind edible insects, and how to fact check your journalism. For show notes, check out

  • BB 85 - Brain Food with Dr. Joe Schumacher

    24/08/2015 Duración: 34min

    Dr. Joe Schumacher, Post-doc at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience joins us to talk about treeshrews and how complicated the brain truly is!   For show notes, check out

  • BB 84 - Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen

    10/08/2015 Duración: 39min

    Dr. David Steen of Auburn University joins us to talk about the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi), what he's doing to help conserve this endangered species, and how Twitter is helping him improve public knowledge surrounding venomous snakes in North America. For show notes & past episodes, check out

  • Episode 83 - Catching up with the Crew

    20/07/2015 Duración: 39min

    Things have been happening in the lives & work of our faithful crew, but this episode will catch you up on what everyone's been up to. How do 4 early career biologists feel about academia at this point? Find out!   Find show notes and past episodes at

  • BB 82 - Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert

    13/07/2015 Duración: 39min

    We're back from our Spring Hiatus with a new show! This week, Dr. James Gilbert of the University of Hull stops by to tell us how to make new discoveries by accident, and the kinky world of bushcricket sex.    For more information, links, and show notes, check out

  • Ep 81 - Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond

    20/04/2015 Duración: 53min

    Dr. Alex Bond, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, joins us again to talk about his work at opposite ends of the earth helping protect and raise awareness for at-risk bird populations. From giant mice eating albatross chicks, to mercury poisoning in ivory gulls, we discuss all the depressing ways humans are messing with birds.   For more information about Alex's work, and links to the papers and other things we talk about, check out

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