Ep 69. Horseshoe crabs and hot pink theses with Russell Bicknell

Horseshoe crabs, firstly, are not crabs, nor do they make effective horseshoes. They are a unique animal more closely related to spiders and scorpions than crustaceans. They are highly valued due to the coagulant properties of their blood, which is harvested as a pharmaceutical product to identify impurities in medicinal products. This sadly also places them under threat as their populations are routinely harvested and … Continue reading Ep 69. Horseshoe crabs and hot pink theses with Russell Bicknell

Ep 68. Steampunk, crazy ants and early childhood with Kirsti Abbott

Have you ever wanted to visit a Steampunk themed scientific learning space aimed at all ages in a regional university? We’ll guess what!? The Boilerhouse Discovery Space is currently under construction at the University of New England and is on track for completion in 2022. In this interview we chat with Kirsti Abbot the manager of UNE Discovery. She talks to us about how making … Continue reading Ep 68. Steampunk, crazy ants and early childhood with Kirsti Abbott

Ep 67. Sharks, magnets and paternity leave with Vincent Raoult

Sharks are cool! Thats about all there is to it. Gone are the days of viewing sharks as  bloodthirsty killers, we’re now all on board with the fact that they are an incredibly diverse group of animals with amazing biology. Vincent Raoult from the University of Newcastle studies the biology of sharks and is looking at ways we can improve fisheries practices to work more … Continue reading Ep 67. Sharks, magnets and paternity leave with Vincent Raoult

Ep 66. Lizard brains, Sir David and Winnie the dog with Martin Whiting

Martin Whiting is a true natural historian. He has spent his life studying reptiles across the world as far as Australia, Asia and Africa. In an interview with In Situ Science we delve into the secret lives of social skinks and their incredible intelligence and the incredible flat lizards that signal their quality using UV colour patches. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/i5m42u/Martin_Whiting.mp3 Martin’s work has been featured in BBC … Continue reading Ep 66. Lizard brains, Sir David and Winnie the dog with Martin Whiting

Ep 65. Livestock, genetics and science ninjas with Sonja Dominik

In this special Christmas episode of In Situ Science we chat to Sonja Dominik from the CSIRO who has just been named one of Australia’s ‘Superstars of STEM’, a nationwide initiative focussed on increasing the visibility of women in STEM and addressing the gender gap in scientific careers. Her research focuses on using genetic technologies to improve the health and productivity of livestock animals such … Continue reading Ep 65. Livestock, genetics and science ninjas with Sonja Dominik

Ep 63. Marine biology, coral reefs and tiny fishes with Chris Goatley

What do animals do? It may sound like a very simple question but for many biologists it can be very hard to answer. For marine biologist Chris Goatley studying small, elusive cryptobenthic fish, understanding what they get up to is both an incredible challenge and adventure. Teeny tiny fish make up a huge amount of biomass in coral reefs across the globe and we actually … Continue reading Ep 63. Marine biology, coral reefs and tiny fishes with Chris Goatley

Ep 61. Wetlands, waterbirds and food webs with Lindsey Frost

Wetlands aren’t always wet. Sounds strange but in an arid country like Australia, wetlands may be dry for decades at a time  until water arrives via rain and flooding events. These unique habitats provide crucial resources for diverse ecosystems that thrive under dynamic boom-and-bust situations. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/jrech2/LindseyFrost.mp3 Lindsey Frost is a wetland ecologist from the University of New England who is setting out to answer the … Continue reading Ep 61. Wetlands, waterbirds and food webs with Lindsey Frost