Category: Interviews

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.

Episode 40: The sex life – or lack of it – of Trypanosomes.

Episode 40 The sex life – or lack of it – of Trypanosomes: Interview with Dr Willie Weir     “Zero Sex is a Killer” “Bug’s Weird Sex Life could make it go extinct, say Scottish Scientists”:  Dr Willie Weir, a researcher from the Institute—and one of the Scottish scientists responsible for these recent headlines—joins Steve Larcombe on this episode […]

Episode 39: Evolution unwrapped—Investigating diversity with Walter Salzburger

Evolution plays a central role in the field of zoology, with new questions to be chased and an ever expanding field of research. In this Naturally Speaking Short, Karen Hotopp (@KarenHotopp) interviews visiting researcher Professor Walter Salzburger of the University of Basel, and asks him about his research on adaptive radiation and the colourful cichlids of the East African Great […]