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.

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

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.

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.

Enjoying the SCENEry

Living at the SCENE field station offers many magical moments given its wild setting. In this post Behind the SCENE’s Angus Lothian tells us us about some of his favourite adventures and shares his most memorable photos.

Deer, ticks and Scottish sunshine

For the most part, contracting diseases from wildlife is not something we need to think about in the UK particularly often. However, Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is one that any visitors to our stunning countryside must be aware of. This bacterial infection, spread by the bite of blood sucking ticks, can lead to severe and long-lasting symptoms, though if caught […]

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 […]