Wild Connection: The Podcast
Warming Up with Dr. Hans Rocha IJzerman

Warming Up with Dr. Hans Rocha IJzerman

May 1, 2022

Summer is starting and things are heating up. And in some places temperature is exceeding human capacity for existence. What you may not realize is it is a lot harder to cool down than to warm up. And warming up is something that gets at the heart of human social behavior.

Here to explain more about what this means is Dr. Hans Ijzerman. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Universitét Grenoble Alpes and a junior member of the The Institut Universitaire de France. And he wrote a fascinating book, Heartwarming: How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human.

We also get a sneak peek into how he and his lab are expanding their research into how temperature is influenced by culture, behavior, and biology.

To keep up with Hans you can follow him on Twitter @hansijzerman and follow what his lab is doing at corelab.io

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Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022

April 24, 2022

To celebrate Earth Day 2022 I am replaying my interview with author Nathaniel Popkin. We talk about his book,  To Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of the Eco-Crisis, that was released in 2021.

In our conversation we talk about environmental advocacy, the inequality of influence, decolonization, and integration of the messiness of nature back into our lives. 

If you want to cnnect with Nathaniel check out his website, reach out on twitter @NathanielPopkin and get a copy of his new book, To Reach the Spring

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Of Mice, Humans, and Tails with Dr. Jason Organ

Of Mice, Humans, and Tails with Dr. Jason Organ

April 17, 2022

If you’ve been listening for a while you know I have a fascination with bones. I have a rabbit cooking in a bush as we speak. But the truth is that I know so little about bones. That’s about to change because this week’s guest is in the know about bones, muscles, how they work and how they shape what we and other animals can do. 

Jason Organ is an Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where his research examines how the structure of bone and muscle influences how they work. He is also the host of the Science Night Podcast, an exceptional podcast and not just because he had me on a while back. He is also the co-editor of the Science Communication blog at the Public Library of Science. 

You can keep up with Jason on Twitter @OrganJM

You can also listen to his podcast Science Night

and follow the podcast on Twitter @ScienceNight1

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In the Barn with Dr. Marty Edwards

In the Barn with Dr. Marty Edwards

April 10, 2022

This week we are celebrating National Farm Animal Day and it's going to be a party. We are talking horses, pigs, cows, goats, and even sheep. Joining us for this celebration is the incredible Dr. Marty Edwards. You may recall from last week’s episode she promised us some stories from her time learning about farm animals.

So hang on, it's going to be a wild ride. 

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On the Road with Dr. Marty Edwards

On the Road with Dr. Marty Edwards

April 3, 2022

This weeks episode features someone near and dear to me. She was my vet who helped me take care of my beloved Senor Antonio Buttones in his final weeks. In fact I am dedicating this episode to him.

As you will hear in the Show veterinarians have one of the highest suicide rates by profession so be sure to check out the show notes for links to help support veterinarians. Dr. Marty Edwards is more than just a veterinarian, shes also a humanitarian as far as I’m concerned. She also is a veterinarian that comes to you which means she has had some experiences. I got to sit down with her to learn more about how she got interested in veterinary medicine, get a sneak peak into some of her home visit adventures, and learn about her volunteer work spaying and neutering cats on Hatteras Island in NC.  

If you want to support veterinarians please visit Not One More Vet

If you want more information on trap, neuter, return projects in NC check out the organizations we talked about on the show

Friends of Felines

Alleycat Allies

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Shifting Seas with Lela Schlenker

Shifting Seas with Lela Schlenker

April 3, 2022

March is Women’s History Month, at least in the United States so I am continuing to feature women scientists on the podcast all month. I thought I would start off with a little history about women in Stem. We women have a way of persisting and despite continuing to face barriers to professional advancement, we just will not stop. What lengths have we gone to? Like Rosalind, of Shakepeare’s As You Like It, who disguised herself  as a young man in an effort to travel through the forest without fear of harm, Women have altered their appearance and behavior throughout history to succeed in STEM fields dominated by men. While some, like  military surgeon James Barry, whose real name was Margaret Ann Bulkley, went to  extraordinary measures that lasted a lifetime, others like Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a  man to get onboard a scientific expedition well before Darwin ever set foot on the Beagle. It  would take until 1959 before women, presented as women, were even permitted on scientific  expeditions. Fast forward to today when my guest Dr. Lela Schlenker spends most of her time asking if she can come aboard a commercial fishing boat. 

Dr. Lela Schlenker is a marine scientist with a fascinating background. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Williams Mystic Program. This is a really special program run by Williams College in collaboration with Mystic seaport. This is an important program to Dr. Lela Schlenker and you’ll find out why in the episode.

You can keep up with Dr. Lela Schlenker on her website 

lelaschlenker.com

and on Twitter @LelaSchlenker

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Community Led Conservation with Samantha Farquhar

Community Led Conservation with Samantha Farquhar

February 13, 2022

This week’s guest is Samantha Farquhar. She is a dynamic interdisciplinary researcher with a focus on coastal systems in the Integrated Coastal Science Program at East Carolina University working on her doctorate. I got to talk to her about her past and present work and the importance of community led conservation initiatives. 

Here are links to some of Samantha's work that we cover on the podcast

https://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2021/12/industrial-fishing-distant-waters

Nepal Aquaculture

Madagascar Octopus Project

In this episode we are also celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science which was on February 11th. 

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In the Bone Room With Dr. Ann Ross

In the Bone Room With Dr. Ann Ross

January 30, 2022

In another life I would have been a forensic anthropologist. I devoured books by Iris Johanson and her main character forensic specialist Eve Duncan. The truth is I like to solve puzzles and becoming a police detective or forensic anthropologist was high on my list. I still love crime/mystery novels and as you’ll here, who knows maybe there is a career change in my future. It is this love of forensics and solving of mysteries that drove this week’s guest to become a Forensic anthropologist. Dr. Ann Ross. She is a Professor at NC State University and works with the NC Medical Examiner to identify human remains and shed light on what happened to someone’s bones. 

She is a Professor at NC State University and works with the NC Medical Examiner to identify human remains and shed light on what happened to someone’s bones. 

Dr. Ann Ross' Lab: https://sites.google.com/ncsu.edu/forensicanthropology/

An article featuring Dr. Ross: https://raleighmag.com/2016/10/the-bone-doctor/

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Participating in Science with Dr. Caren Cooper

Participating in Science with Dr. Caren Cooper

January 16, 2022

Today’s episode is part of the special WIS series. You may have heard me talking about this on other episodes and that is because I got a small grant from the AGU’s Sharing Science program to highlight some incredible women scientists.

This week it's all about what does it mean to get involved with science for the layperson or nonexpert. What does it look like, why is it important, and what are the contributions that people make to science?  

My guest is Dr. Caren Cooper. She’s part of NCSU’s Leadership in Public Science Program and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology Program. She is passionate about the social side of science, getting people involved in a variety of ways, and looking at what it means for laypersons to participate in science. She’s also an ornithologist and outstanding mentor to the next generation of scientists.

You can keep up with Dr. Cooper on Twitter: @CoopSciScoop

and visit her website for more links to other parts of her work: https://www.carencooper.com

And don't forget to check out her TED TALK: Everybody Counts

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The Joy of Sweat with Sarah Everts

The Joy of Sweat with Sarah Everts

January 2, 2022

This week’s episode is all about sweat, smelling it, hiding it, and people whose job it is to decide what the nature of yours is like. Never let them see you sweat right? Not this week. And before I forget, this is the second in our special WIS series sponsored by the American Geophysical Union’s Sharing Science grant.  

Sarah Everts is the author of The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration and she is also a science journalism professor and chair of digital science journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

To keep up with Sarah you can follow her @saraheverts on Twitter and check out her website http://saraheverts.com

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