Ep 98. Bird feeding and book publishing with Darryl Jones

Don’t feed the birds! Well.. OK, if you must make sure you do it properly. Dr Darryl Jones is an urban ecologist who has spent years studying the interactions between humans and animals in towns and cities. One of the most common and widespread interactions between animals and humans is bird feeding. Despite how common it is, there has been very little research into the … Continue reading Ep 98. Bird feeding and book publishing with Darryl Jones

Ep 97. Mozzie bites and urban sprawl with Cameron Webb

Cameron Webb, to put it simply, is the mozzie guy. He has built his career studying the diversity and ecology of mosquitoes and also their interactions with humans and how they can be vectors of significant human diseases. His expertise in mosquitoes requires him to be in one moment a champion for mosquito appreciation and understanding, whilst simultaneously understanding the need to control their populations … Continue reading Ep 97. Mozzie bites and urban sprawl with Cameron Webb

Flashback episode with Dr Dieter Hochuli

This flashback episode takes us back to episode 60 where we chat with Dieter Hochuli, an invertebrate biologist and urban ecologist from the University of Sydney who 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 plants and animals around us. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/6ryypj/Dieter_Hochuli.mp3 In an … Continue reading Flashback episode with Dr Dieter Hochuli

Ep 92. Bird brains, documentaries and serial killers with Lucy Farrow

Humans have the biggest brains of any animals… well, kind of… only if we correct for body size… which is important… we think. Understanding animal intelligence is difficult, especially when brains are so complex that our own brains might be incapable of understanding themselves. When it comes to animals, brain size has been a primary indicator of intelligence, however showing that having bigger brains leads … Continue reading Ep 92. Bird brains, documentaries and serial killers with Lucy Farrow

Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

  Urban beekeeping is all the rage but its not the only thing you can do to help pollinators. Tanya Latty from the University of Sydney says being a lazy gardener may be the best thing you can do to help your local bees, beetles and butterflies. Tanya’s work was recently featured on ABC’s Catalyst as part of the Great Australian Bee Challenge. Tanya and her … Continue reading Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

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

Ep 60. Green cities, mole crickets, and impostor syndrome with Dieter Hochuli

“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