#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

#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

Every Book and Product Recommended by my Podcast Guests

Since it is the time of the year where people struggle to come up with useful gifts for their naturalist and birder friends, I thought I’d lend a hand. This is a list of every book, documentary, and product recommended or mentioned by my podcast guests. And full disclosure – yes, many of these are … More Every Book and Product Recommended by my Podcast Guests

#34: Chloe and Trevor Van Loon – Finding More in Nature

Summary My guests today are Chloe and Trevor Van Loon. Chloe has a background in ecology and environmental science, and while Trevor’s educational background is in math and computer science, he’s also become a fanatical amateur naturalist. In fact, both Chloe and Trevor are highly skilled naturalists and prolific iNaturalist contributors. No biome or habitat … More #34: Chloe and Trevor Van Loon – Finding More in Nature

#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

#29: Adam Kranz – The Amazing World of Plant Galls

Summary My guest in this episode is Adam Kranz. Adam has a BA in Environmental Studies from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His thesis was on insect pest ecology in diverse agroforestry plantings, but of late has taken a special … More #29: Adam Kranz – The Amazing World of Plant Galls

#28: Milkweeds with Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning and Sydney Kreutzmann

Summary My guests in this episode are Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning and Sydney Kreutzmann. Dr. Olson-Manning is an Assistant Professor at Augustana University, has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics from Duke University, and leads the Olson-Manning Lab which focuses on understanding how biochemical pathways evolve. Sydney Kreutzmann is a Research Technician in Dr. Olson-Manning’s lab, working … More #28: Milkweeds with Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning and Sydney Kreutzmann