Ever wondered how dolphins sleep, what a snail sees, or why praying mantises eat their lovers? Animalia is a science podcast about the weird and interesting things that animals do. Each episode join Annie, Farley and David as we interview, debate and field-trip our way through this fascinating world of animal behaviour. Really love what we do? You can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/animalia
Corals and Probiotics (Pint of Science Special) - Interview
41:19Corals are incredible animals that support an estimated 25% of all marine life. But without the algae living inside them, coral reefs can’t survive. Scientists recently discovered that bacteria also live within these algae. Could the right bacteria help protect corals and their algae from rising global temperatures? In our second special episode for the Pint of Science Festival, we chat with Dr Justin Maire about his latest research.You can learn more about Justin’s latest research in his latest scientific publication or in this article for Pursuit.Pint of Science is an international festival which has been running in Australia for the last 7 years.This not-for-profit science festival aims to bring local researchers out of the lab to speak with the public about their current science research. Find out more: https://pintofscience.com.au/festival/2021
Beautiful Beetles (Pint of Science Special) - Interview
39:38Beetles are like little fashion icons. Some are as shiny and reflective as mirrors. Others change colour depending on their angle. In this special episode for the Pint of Science Festival, we ask Dr Amanda Franklin why. We also ask about Amanda’s experiences studying other animals, including mantis shrimp.Follow Amanda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/neptsnecklacePint of Science is an international festival which has been running in Australia for the last 7 years.This not-for-profit science festival aims to bring local researchers out of the lab to speak with the public about their current science research. Find out more: https://pintofscience.com.au/festival/2021
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Cicadas: The Sound of Summer - Interview
48:36Summer is here in Australia, and that means one thing - you’ll be hearing a lot of a certain noisy insect.We spoke to Dr Nathan Emery to learn about these more often heard-than-seen creatures, including their life cycles, how they can be so noisy and just why Australia is the “cicada capital”. The jury is still out on the pronunciation however...Keen to get more involved with cicadas? Visit:https://www.facebook.com/cicadaramahttps://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-great-cicada-blitz-nsw-australiaYou can find Nathan’s book at:https://cicadarama.square.site/We mention this classic song in our episode - “Cicada That Ate Five Dock - Outline”
Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies
40:19In this spooky Halloween special, Ashton Dickerson joins us to discuss werewolves, vampires and zombies of the animal kingdom. We even throw in a witch and some Frankenstein’s monsters.We reference some visual media during our recording, see what we were seeing below:Vampire finches: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-vampire-finches.htmlLungfish: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/west-african-lungfish/To learn more about Ashton’s research, you can find her on Twitter (@aScienceBird).
Toad-Smart Quolls - Interview
49:32In 1935, cane toads were introduced to Australia. This proved to be a terrible mistake. Australia now has hundreds of millions of toxic toads advancing across the country. How can we stop native predators from eating these highly poisonous toads?In this episode, we chat with Dr Ella Kelly and Dr Naomi Indigo about their innovative efforts to save the endangered northern quoll – involving not-so-silly sausages, toad-smart traits, and the smell of “death”.To read more about Ella and Naomi’s research, check out their peer-reviewed scientific papers (we provide a list on our website). You can also find Ella and Naomi on Twitter (@ecology_ella and @NaomiIndigo).
Isolation Animals: The Bad
23:25In the third and final part in our Isolation Animals series, we look into the negative effects of COVID-19 on animals. In keeping with this episode’s “bad news” theme, this episode was much harder to record and took much longer to get out than the others - one challenge being keeping up with news in rapidly changing situations.Here, we discuss how COVID-19 is changing attitudes towards some animals, how changing human behaviour is affecting wildlife conservation, and how certain wildlife protections are being weakened.
Isolation Animals: The Good
31:34Need some good news? In this episode, we discuss how lockdown is affecting wildlife - in good ways. From brighter bees to healthier hedgehogs, find out how animals might be making the most of this situation.If this episode feels one-sided, don’t worry…there’s more to come in our next episode.This episode features audio from the Dawn Chorus project by BIOTOPIA and the Nantesbuch Foundation: https://dawn-chorus.org/. These audio recordings are from: Grampians, Australia Bengaluru, India South Africa Dresden, Germany Umeå, Sweden Taiwan North Carolina, USA Saskatchewan, Canada Playa del Carmen, Mexico São Paulo, Brazil
Isolation Animals: Facts and Myths
23:32What have animals been up to, with humans in lockdown and isolation? In this episode, we chat about window-shopping goats, a kangaroo on the run, penguins viewing art, and bust some viral myths.Here are some other podcasts we’ve been listening to lately: Brothers In Birding On Word for Wildlife Black Nature Narratives Code Switch The Skyentists Full Story About Race
Animal Highlights 2019
46:10What were the greatest animal-related events of 2019? To bring in the new year, we chat with Tom Keaney about our personal favourites. From the discovery of an ancient amphibious whale, to a new record for world’s fastest ant, this episode brings together some of the weirdest and most interesting highlights of 2019.
De-Extinction - Interview
53:58The thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger) was an Australian marsupial that looked a bit like a dog. In 1936, the last known thylacine died. But could we bring this species back?In this episode, we chat with Dr Axel Newton about what made the thylacine dog-like, what made it unique, and how close we are to bringing this species - and others - back from extinction. We also ask the question: even if we could, should we?