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Episode 46: The Leaky Host Barrier

Prof Ruth Zadoks tells us about her research into the factors that can allow disease-causing bacteria to make the jump between species.

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Celebrating 90 years of Zoological Enthusiasm

This year the University of Glasgow’s Zoological Society (ZooSoc) celebrated its 90th anniversary (maybe). Join Prof. Roger Downie as he guides you through the rich history of zoological study at the University and the foundation of the GU ZooSoc. A few recent presidents of the society also share their fondest memories of their term in office.

'Daydreamer' by Valerie, via Flickr
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Episode 45: Eye of the Tiger

In this episode we speak to wildlife ecologist (and field veterinarian) Dr Martin Gilbert to learn about his PhD research on a deadly virus affecting Amur tigers in the Russian Far East.

Oscaecilia ochrocephala. Brian Gratwicke [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr.

Episode 44: Her Majesty’s Caecilian Collector

A voracious appetite for books and an unlikely encounter with a strange animal in a petshop led Dr Mark Wilkinson (from the Natural History Museum in London) to study a little known group of amphibians called caecilians, or naked snakes. Listen to find out all about these unusual and enigmatic animals.

Have your bait and get vaccinated too. A young fox gets its dose of vaccine from a fishmeal bait. © FLI.

Outfoxing Rabies, One Vaccine-Loaded Chicken Head at a Time

To mark the 10th World Rabies Day, Naturally Speaking’s Laurie Baker shares how she and her collaborators are using lessons from fox rabies elimination in Western Europe to outfox rabies

Participants in the anthrax workshop

Episode 43: Living with anthrax in Africa

What is life like in an anthrax-endemic area of Tanzania? Join our anthrax research team on a journey to Maasai communities of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Colwell's research showed that Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, lives in the guts of zooplankton. Nathan Reading  [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr.

Episode 42: Against the Tide—A dialogue with Rita Colwell about shifting paradigms

In this episode of Naturally Speaking Shorts, Taya Forde and Karen Hotopp catch up with distinguished Professor Rita Colwell, of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, to talk about the impact of her work on cholera and the changing opportunities for women in science.