Glasgow University tower taken from the East Quadrangle. Euphbass [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

Episode 47: Years Reflections (and Happy Holidays)

As the year draws to a close, Naturally Speaking’s Laurie Baker, Taya Forde, Karen Hotopp and James Burgon reflect upon the highlights of another great year communicating the work of the Institute.

Many field stations are in remote or semi-remote areas, giving their inhabitants unique perspectives. © David Palmar

Back to the Future @ SCENE

Dr Dominic McCafferty reflects his time living and working in remote field stations and their importance in ecology. He also discusses the running and history of the University’s own field station on the banks of Loch Lomond—the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE).

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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