Ep 85. Theory vs reality, and dancing in the middle with Alva Curtsdotter

Some scientists go out in to the field, collect data and conduct experiments to test their hypotheses. Other scientists conduct their experiments inside a computer. Alva Curtsdotter is a theoretical ecologist at the University of New England that studies the behaviour of animal populations across natural landscapes,¬† but instead of spending her time surveying and measuring real world populations she runs computer simulations to see … Continue reading Ep 85. Theory vs reality, and dancing in the middle with Alva Curtsdotter

Ep 80. Deception, maths and parental expectations with Amy Martin

Amy Martin is a researcher at the University of Auckland that studies the incredible private lives of orchids that trick male wasps into mating with them. By depriving these wasp populations of male sperm they can actually have long term effects on the wasp populations. Amy says that this is why deceptive orchids the world over tend to use haplodiploid insects as their pollinators as … Continue reading Ep 80. Deception, maths and parental expectations with Amy Martin

Ep 62. Machine learning and digital bricklayers with Will Billingsley

  With computer technology processing rapidly, and the¬†proliferation of the internet into all aspects of our lives and businesses, you can’t blame people for feeling a little bit out of control. With technologies such as ‘machine learning’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ becoming more common place we are beginning to ask questions about how much we actually understand what is going on. In this episode we sit … Continue reading Ep 62. Machine learning and digital bricklayers with Will Billingsley