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

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 Today, my guest Dr. Stuart Weiss tells us about … More #37 Dr. Stuart Weiss – Of Checkerspots, Cars, and Cows

#36: Damon Tighe – Mycology (Fungi and Mushrooms)

Summary Finally…a deep dive into the Fungi Kingdom. It took me 36 episodes, but we’re finally here thanks to fungi expert Damon Tighe (instagram and iNaturalist). Damon is also a skilled naturalist, photographer and science communicator, biotech educator, and prolific iNaturalist contributor. He has a biology and chemistry degree from Saint Mary’s college, and has … More #36: Damon Tighe – Mycology (Fungi and Mushrooms)

#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

#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

#33: Dr. Andrew Farnsworth – Predicting Bird Migrations with BirdCast

Summary My guest in this episode is Dr. Andrew Farnsworth.  Andrew is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Avian Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, MS in Zoology from Clemson University, and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell. Andrew … More #33: Dr. Andrew Farnsworth – Predicting Bird Migrations with BirdCast

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

#32: Cricket Raspet on Dockfouling – finding amazing sea creatures the easy way

Summary My guest today is Cricket Raspet (@chilipossum on Instagram). Cricket is a Curatorial Assistant at the California Academy of Sciences, specializing in marine mammals.  She’s a passionate community scientist, a raptor bander with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and a rescue and animal care volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center.   An interest (obsession?) … More #32: Cricket Raspet on Dockfouling – finding amazing sea creatures the easy way

#31: BONUS: Gall Week 2021 with Dr. Merav Vonshak

Summary Dr. Merav Vonshak is a former guest on the podcast from episode 7. Merav is an ecologist, naturalist, and citizen science organizer (see BioBlitz.club) located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Merav volunteers as a curator on iNaturalist, and has an astounding 42800 observations on iNaturalist. She has also lead a project to document … More #31: BONUS: Gall Week 2021 with Dr. Merav Vonshak

#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