#44: Eric Eaton – Insectpedia, Insect Ecology, Wasps, and the Future of Entomology

Summary Eric Eaton is an entomologist and the well known author of Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect, and co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Today, we discuss his most recent work, Insectpedia, due out on May 3. Insectpedia promises to be a fascinating and non-traditional look at … More #44: Eric Eaton – Insectpedia, Insect Ecology, Wasps, and the Future of Entomology

#43: Alison Young – The City Nature Challenge

Summary Today’s guest is Alison Young, Co-Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Community Science at the California Academy of Sciences. Alison has a background in marine biology, including a MA in Marine Biology from Humboldt State University and a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College. At the Cal Academy, Alison is a driving force … More #43: Alison Young – The City Nature Challenge

#42: Dr. Peter Alagona – Cities: The Accidental Ecosystem

Summary I live in a city of 1 million people that is part of a metropolitan area of close to 8 million people. Yet, at my suburban home I often hear Coyotes howling at night, turkeys gobbling in the morning, and great-horned owls hooting. There are Bald Eagles that nest near a school not too … More #42: Dr. Peter Alagona – Cities: The Accidental Ecosystem

#41: Michael Kauffmann: Conifers – Extreme Survivors

Summary My guest in this episode is Michael Kauffmann. He’s a life-long educator, ecologist, and author, as well as founder of Backcountry Press. He’s also an expert in conifers – those wonderful trees that include some of the tallest, widest, and oldest living trees on Earth. Think Giant Sequoia, Coast Redwood, and Bristlecone Pine for … More #41: Michael Kauffmann: Conifers – Extreme Survivors

#40: The Crazy World of Wild Green Ecological Memes – Rhett Barker and Curtis Sarkin

Summary My guests today are Rhett Barker and Curtis Sarkin of the incredibly popular Wild Green Memes for Ecological Fiends. If you don’t know Wild Green Memes, it’s a Facebook group of over 475,000 members. And it’s quite possibly the most enjoyable place I’ve found on social media.  Before I go any further, yes, today’s … More #40: The Crazy World of Wild Green Ecological Memes – Rhett Barker and Curtis Sarkin

#39: Dr. Elaine Ingham – The Ecology of the Soil Food Web

Summary If you’ve listened to more than a few of my podcast episodes, you’ve likely noticed some common themes. One in particular is that everything in nature is interconnected in multiple ways. And today’s episode demonstrates that in some mind bending ways. What’s the topic? Well, it’s an often overlooked subject. If it is handled … More #39: Dr. Elaine Ingham – The Ecology of the Soil Food Web

#38: Beth Pratt – The Age of Wildlife Crossings

Summary Highways, roadways, and railways isolate animals, prevent them from reaching needed food and water, cause genetic isolation, and make populations vulnerable to natural disasters. And as you’ll hear today, the impacts go much deeper, and sometimes in surprising directions.  But wildlife crossings go a long way towards mitigating this damage. Today, my guest Beth … More #38: Beth Pratt – The Age of Wildlife Crossings

#37: Dr. Stuart Weiss – Of Checkerspots, Cars, and Cows

Summary Today, my guest Dr. Stuart Weiss tells us about an amazing and unexpected series of discoveries that connect cows, cars, and conservation, all triggered by the study of the threatened Bay Checkerspot butterfly. These discoveries have had reverberations across ecological circles and have led to amazing conservation successes, despite a senior US Air Force … More #37: Dr. Stuart Weiss – Of Checkerspots, Cars, and Cows

Happy New Year! And Big Changes for Nature’s Archive!

Note: it sometimes takes WordPress a few hours to update the podcast player to the latest episode. Apologies for the delay. You can, however, hear the latest episode on all the usual podcast players, even if the link above is still showing the previous episode. Summary Regular episodes return next Monday with a fascinating interview … More Happy New Year! And Big Changes for Nature’s Archive!