Ep 56. Life Vs Science 2018

August 19, 2018
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LIVE AT THE CAMELOT LOUNGE!!!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist? Do they really wear lab coats? Are they really all timid nerds, like in the movies? All these questions and more were answered at In Situ Science's annual Life Vs Science live podcast recording. Each year we celebrate National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival with a live podcast at the Camelot Lounge in Sydney's inner west.

This wear we we're joined by Dieter Hochuli (USyd), Michael Kasumovic (UNSW), Naomi Koh Belic (UTS) and Sophie Calabretto (MQ) who regaled the audience with tales of their favourite fluids, fatty uber deliveries, Fortnite parenting strategies and the multiple-hat wearing community. We topped off the night by crowning a science champion with a 'Name that Effect' quiz. Thanks to the Camelot Lounge for having us and to everyone who came along on the night, it was an amazing event!

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Ep 55. Searching for the ‘lost’ Desert Rat Kangaroo with Karl Vernes

August 6, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Karl Vernes (UNE)

The Desert Rat Kangaroo (Caloprymnus campestris), or ‘oolaculnta’ was last seen by scientist Hedley Herbert Finlayson in the 1930’s. Since then there have been a number of accounts which suggest that this rare and elusive creature may still be out there, in the stony deserts of South Australia. In Australia, which has one of the worst records for mammal extinctions due to human activity, finding this marsupial alive would be a great boon for Australian conservation.

 A team of scientists led by Karl Vernes at the University of New England are on a mission to try and find the Desert Rat Kangaroo and verify if it still exists. They’re looking for support through crowdfunding and you can help make it happen. In an interview with In Situ Science Karl tells us about how he has been planning a hunt for Desert Rat Kangaroo for 15 years and the time has finally come!

You can help support this scientific expedition here! 

 

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Ep 54. Dinosaur detectives and frozen crocodiles with Ada Klinkhamer

July 23, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Ada Klinkhamer (UNE)

The enormous, long-necked Sauropods are some of the most iconic dinosaurs, and its no surprise given the almost unfathomable sizes that they grew to. Ada Klinkhamer is a palaeontologist from the University of New England that studies how these ancient beasts could have moved and how their skeletons supported such enormous bodies. 

In an interview with In Situ Science Ada chats with us about what its like being a dinosaur detective and piecing together stories about how dinosaurs lived from fragments of information. We also chat about what makes good science fiction and why the latest Jurassic World films just aren't cutting the mustard.

Find out more about Ada's research on the Fear Lab Website or follow her on Twitter @ada_klinkhamer

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Ep 53. Indigenous knowledge meets Farmer Brown with Harry White

July 8, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Harry White (LLS)

Australian landscapes have been changed drastically by agricultural practices brought here by European settlers. Some of these have had dramatic impacts on the health of ecosystems and the productivity of farms in Australian climates. One way of addressing these issues is to draw upon the expertise of Australia's Aboriginal people how have lived here for tens of thousands of years. In practice, however, this is easier said than done given the myriad of social and historical issues that continue to divide indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

Harry White is a Gamilaraay elder that has spent much of his career working with indigenous communities throughout the Northern Tablelands Region of NSW. In his current role as Senior Land Services Officer for Local Land Services he works to bridge cultural and communication gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous communities to improve land management practices and provide employment, development and education opportunities for Indigenous communities.

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Ep 52. Truffle travel and primitive skills with Todd Elliot

June 24, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Todd Elliott (UNE)

Fungi are the unsung heroes of our natural world. Their incredible life histories make it possible for plants to grow animals to survive and are often incredibly important cultural resources. Mycologist and natural historian Todd Elliot is currently doing his PhD at the University of New England and is studying the dispersal of truffles throughout Eastern Australia.

In an interview with In Situ Science Todd talks with us about the importance of fungi as a food source and integral part of the ecosystem. He also tells us about the work he does to raise awareness of primitive skills and the importance of reconnecting with nature.

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Ep 51. Leaky pipelines and chytrid fungus with Deborah Bower

June 12, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Deborah Bower (UNE)

Amphibian populations across the globe have been declining rapidly, and the most dangerous contributor to this is the chytrid fungus; a skin disease that affects frogs and salamanders. Dr Deborah Bower from the University of New England says that if we want to have any chance of saving these species then we need to conserve as much of their native habitat as possible.

In an interview with In Situ Science, Deborah chats with us about how ever expanding urban developments destroy native habitat, and asks whether we can design better cities to help our native animals. We also chat about the ‘leaky pipeline’ problem of science careers and our shared dreams of running away to become science fiction writers.  

 

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Ep 50. Creativity, flexibility and exploration with James O’Hanlon

May 29, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: James O’Hanlon (UNE)

The tables have turned this episode as the interviewer becomes the interviewee. Siobhan Dennison puts In Situ Science host James O’Hanlon under the microscope to find out more about what he does and why he does it. James O’Hanlon is a behavioural ecologist from the University of New England that has a passion for studying poorly understood creatures and exploring the unknown.

In this interview James takes us through how a childhood passion for art and design led him unexpectedly to a career in scientific research, that he quickly left in a huff, before returning to it again with a new focus on science outreach and communication. He also chats about how science is actually a very creative pursuit that requires equal parts inspiration, flexibility and simply being able to count. 

 

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Ep 49. Peacock spiders and citizen science with Stuart Harris

May 14, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Stuart Harris

In the summer of 2008 Stuart Harris was out bushwalking when he spotted a small colourful spider. He decided to take a photo and put it up online on his flickr account. Little did he know that this was a peacock spider that was previously unknown to science. This marked the beginning of a long adventure for Stuart, along with a number of passionate arachnologists and explorers, that have discovered and documented numerous new peacock spider species. 

Stuart Harris is now a spokesperson for citizen science and natural history with a career path worthy of an award winning documentary. The film Maratus chronicles Stuarts adventure and explores the interface of science discovery with our daily lives. In this interview with In Situ Science, Stuart discusses the impact that these discoveries, and the film, have had on his life and career.

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Ep 48. Soil microbes and healthy farming with Maarten Stapper

April 29, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Maarten Stapper (BioLogic AgFood)

How do you know if you have healthy soil? Look for worms! Dr Maarten Stapper joins us on In Situ Science to chat about how caring for soils and healthy ecosystems can improve our farming practices. Unfortunately modern farming practices, including livestock grazing, pesticide use and synthetic fertilizer use, can actually harm our crops more than they help them. 

Dr Maarten Stapper now runs his own agricultural consultancy that helps farmers transition towards organic farming practices whilst maintaining their productivity. He believes very strongly in the role of organic farming, not only for improving our environment, but also human health. Martin also talks openly about the industries behind science and farming that may be actually hindering progress in agricultural research. 

Find out more on Maartin's company website BioLogic AgFood 

 

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Ep 47. Sexy siestas and shooting for the stars with Dr Karl

April 15, 2018
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SPECIAL GUEST: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is perhaps Australia’s most prolific and well known science communicator. He has written over 43 books, and has appeared regularly on on national radio for over 30 years. In an interview with In Situ Science we chat about the immense amount of research and hard work that goes in to building up Dr Karl’s broad  range of expertise.

We then delve into his mind and chat about everything from the science behind what makes people attractive and why world peace can lead to economic inequality. We also get some sneak peeks into his upcoming book and what a day in the life of Dr Karl is like. His latest book Karl the Universe and Everything covers topics from the science behind artificial uteruses to the search for life on other planets. 

 

Vist Dr Karl’s website at www.drkarl.com and follow him on Twitter @doctorkarl

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