#49: Jessica Wolff – Coexisting With Urban Wildlife

Summary As cities grow further into wildlands and natural habitats, and as animals attempt to adapt to these urban environments, it is inevitable that people and wildlife will come into more contact. My guest today, Jessica Wolff, works to help people and wildlife when these interactions occur. She is an Urban Wildlife Coordinator for the … More #49: Jessica Wolff – Coexisting With Urban Wildlife

#48: Dr. Kerry Kriger – Save The Frogs!

Summary Did you know that as a group, amphibians are the most threatened vertebrates on Earth? As many as 1/3 are considered threatened. As a result of this, my guest, Dr. Kerry Kriger, has devoted his education and career to amphibian research and protection. Dr. Kriger has a PhD in Environmental Science from Griffith University, … More #48: Dr. Kerry Kriger – Save The Frogs!

#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

#46: Paul Johnson – Finding and Counting Butterflies

Summary My guest today is Paul Johnson. Paul is a Wildlife Biologist at Pinnacles National Park, and a long time lepidopterist, or one who studies butterflies and moths. Paul also leads several North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly counts in California, which is how I got connected with Paul in the first place, and a … More #46: Paul Johnson – Finding and Counting Butterflies

#45: Siena Mckim – The Wild World of Sea Sponges

Summary My guest today is Siena Mckim. Siena is a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara studying sponges in the kelp forest, which is arguably one of the most iconic marine communities. In particular, she’s looking at sponge symbionts – basically, the tiny marine organisms that use sponges as a habitat.  Today we hear about … More #45: Siena Mckim – The Wild World of Sea Sponges

#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

#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