Ep 12. Ants, ants and more ants with Ravindra Palavalli Nettimi

November 30, 2016


Doing a PhD can be a life changing experience. For Ravindra Palavalli Nettimi pursuing a PhD has meant travelling across the globe and challenging himself to expand and grow as a person. 

In an interview with in situ Science Ravindra takes us through how the evolution of ant colonies have uncovered some remarkable solutions to some problems humans now face in our large interconnected societies. 

Ravindra also hosts his own podcast 'Just Questions' where he discusses the importance of asking the right questions in science.

Visit Ravindra's website here - http://rvndrpn.wixsite.com/ravindra

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Ep 11. Faecal transplants, biological warfare and phage hunting with Heather Hendrickson

November 14, 2016


Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. The overuse of antibiotics has lead to the evolution of highly dangerous antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Dr Heather Hendrickson is a research scientist and science communicator from Massey University in New Zealand. Her research group is at the front line of understanding how other forms of treatment can be used as alternatives to broad spectrum antibiotics. In an interview with in situ science she takes us through her research into bacteriophage therapy: finding viruses that will target and kill pathogenic bacteria.  

The fun doesn’t stop there though as we continue on to discuss faecal transplants, science communication and how a child growing up in a conservative religious family becomes an influential evolutionary biologist. 

Find out more about Heather’s research here and read her thoughts on the This Microbial Life blog. 

Follow Heather on Twitter @DrHHNZ

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Ep 10. Plants, Panama disease and fishing for mould with Ed Liew

October 27, 2016


Dr Edward Liew from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney talks with James O'Hanlon about the science of plant pathology. An expert in fungal diversity Edward manages the spread of harmful plant pathogens in Australian crops and natural landscapes.

Find out more on the Royal Botanic Gardens Website

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Ep 9. Oztronauts, outreach and evidence based policy with Tom Gordon

October 12, 2016


Its time for Australia to join the space race! Tom Gordon from the University of Sydney argues that Australia has a bright future in space exploration and engineering, if only we would start investing in more home grown space infrastructure. Tom Gordon is a scientific polymath taking his passion for exploration into the varied fields of physics, political policy, science education and public outreach. 

In our discussion we cover the importance of having a scientifically literate population, what role science fiction can play in education and whether the Big Bang Theory TV show is helping or hindering the public's perception of science. 

Follow Tom on twitter @Gordeauz or listen to him spruik science on his very own STEMpunk podcast. 

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Ep 8. Airborne contraceptives, police ants and mediocre pool shots with Luke Holman

October 5, 2016

Being a zoologist isn't all about spending time in the wilderness catching animals, most days are spent working behind a computer analysing data and interpreting your findings. In this episode we talk to Luke Holmann from the University of Melbourne who crunches the numbers to understand why some animals have evolved to be social.

Also we discuss spots versus stripes as we play one of the worst pool games in history.

Check out Luke's research website here and follow him on twitter @LukeHolman_Evo

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Ep 7. Weevils, weaponry and terrible puns with Chrissie Painting

September 14, 2016
Chrissie Painting from the University of Auckland shows admirable levels of patience when facing an onslaught of terrible weevil puns. She takes us through the science of studying animal weaponry and her journey from being a budding horticulturalist to becoming a hard hitting postdoctoral researcher. 

Check out Chrissie's blog at www.chrissiepainting.com or follow her @cpaintingnz

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Ep 6. Perfumery, persistence and parenthood with Anne Gaskett

August 31, 2016
This week brought to you straight from the conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour is an interview with Dr Anne Gaskett from the University of Auckland. This one goes deep in to the personal struggles of being a productive research scientist whilst still maintaining a stable life and relationships.

Find out more about Anne's research here - https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/a-gaskett

Check out the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour here - http://www.assab.org

Or follow ASSAB on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/@AnimBehav
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Ep 5. Banana bread, grasshoppers and the colour of Tuesday with Kate Umbers

August 17, 2016
Dr Kate Umbers chats about how humans and other animals animals perceive colour, all whilst baking an epic 12-banana banana bread. Kate is a zoologist from Western Sydney University with a passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world through research and exploration.

Follow Kate on Twitter @quasicoherent
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Ep 4. Debris disks, astronauts and STEMpunk with Shane Hengst

August 3, 2016
This episode features astrophysicist and science communicator Shane Hengst who shares his passion for science and outreach. Shane manages a hectic schedule being a co-host of the STEMpunk podcast, a member of the UNSW physics outreach team and a PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland. 

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Ep 3. Beetles, beetles, more beetles and also genitals with Dr Chris Reid

July 20, 2016

In an interview with  in situ Science Chris shares with us the rewards of being an insect collector from discovering new species, to visiting ‘old friends’, to using his knowledge to improve agricultural practices. To find out more about Chris’ research visit the Australian Museum website. 

Special thanks to the Australian Museum Science Festival for help putting together this podcast. 

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