#50: Dr. Brian Brown – Phenomenal Phorid Flies, Hyperdiversity, DNA Barcoding, and more

Summary Today’s guest is Dr. Brian Brown, Curator of Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Brown did his undergraduate and masters work at the University of Guelph. During the latter, under the tutelage of well known entomologist Steve Marshall, Dr. Brown took up the study … More #50: Dr. Brian Brown – Phenomenal Phorid Flies, Hyperdiversity, DNA Barcoding, and more

#47: Field Guide to Field Guides with Cricket Raspet, Allen Fish, and Michael Hawk

Summary Warning – listen to this episode at your own risk! If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself out a few hundred dollars. Why? Today we’re talking field guides, you know, the books and apps that help you identify, find and learn about all kinds of amazing creatures. There are so many amazing field … More #47: Field Guide to Field Guides with Cricket Raspet, Allen Fish, and Michael Hawk

#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

#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

#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

#35: Ben Goldfarb – Eager Beavers, The Quintessential Keystone Species

Summary Today you’ll become a Beaver Believer thanks to my guest, Ben Goldfarb. Ben is the author of the book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Aside from being an author, Ben is an environmental journalist, with writing appearing in … More #35: Ben Goldfarb – Eager Beavers, The Quintessential Keystone Species

ENCORE: Rick Halsey – Wildfire Ecology in the Chaparral and the American West

Summary This is an encore of my popular wildfire in the west interview with Rick Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute. Don’t worry, more great new episodes are coming.  Do you want to learn about bird migration forecasting? I’ve got you covered. And how about maximizing your nature observations when in the field? Covered again. … More ENCORE: Rick Halsey – Wildfire Ecology in the Chaparral and the American West

#30: Dr. Jaret Daniels – Butterflies, Creating Habitat in Overlooked Landscapes, and Leveraging Creative Outreach

Summary My guest today is Dr. Jaret Daniels. Dr. Daniels is a professor specializing in lepidoptera research and insect conservation at the University of Florida, and is curator of Lepidoptera at the Florida Museum of Natural History. In addition to that, Dr. Daniels is the author of over a dozen books that help connect the … More #30: Dr. Jaret Daniels – Butterflies, Creating Habitat in Overlooked Landscapes, and Leveraging Creative Outreach