How does a truffle travel? Sounds like a cheesy joke buts its a serious ecological question. Truffles are underground fungi that are dug up by animals and spread throughout forests. Their presence in the soil helps plants survive and cause soils to be turned over by animals. Fungi provide vital ecosystem functions by forming mycorrhizal associations with plants and are vital to the … Continue reading How does a truffle travel?
Farmers have learned that the widespread use of pesticides is a dangerous strategy as it can lead to the evolution of highly pesticide resistant crop pests. Land managers are moving towards ‘Integrated Pest Management’ techniques that use a multitude of strategies to more responsibly control pests, including fostering populations of natural pest predators. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/nzfrzc/Mary_Whitehouse.mp3 Mary Whitehouse has (in her own words) been masquerading as an … Continue reading Ep 74. Cotton, moths, and kleptoparasites with Mary Whitehouse
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
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
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
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
“A society grows great when men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb Dieter Hochuli is an invertebrate biologist and urban ecologist from the University of Sydney that studies how nature survives in towns and cities. His research investigates the ecological, economical and psychological benefits of nature in cities, and how our modern way of life affects the … Continue reading Ep 60. Green cities, mole crickets, and impostor syndrome with Dieter Hochuli