Category: Interviews

Episode 52: Host to host: How conservation management can influence the risk of Lyme disease

In this episode of Naturally Speaking, Dr Caroline Millins and Dr Roman Biek from the Institute, along with Prof. Des Thompson from Scottish Natural Heritage, discuss their recent publication reviewing the effects of conservation management on Lyme disease.

Episode 49: How smart are fish?

Fish may be more intelligent than you realise—from their ability to form complicated 3D mind maps, to learning to visually discriminate among over 40 human faces! Join Taya Forde as she speaks to 2016 Buckland Professor of Fisheries Felicity Huntingford, biologist Dr Martina Quaggiotto, and life-long fishers Charles Jardine Marshall Bissett to discuss how smart fish really are.

Episode 48: Sweden’s Avian Renaissance Man—Conversations with Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson

There are many ways to study life strategies of small passerines. Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson of the University of Lund sat down with us to talk about his studies, and the fantastic little birds that he has worked with.

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.

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.

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.

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.