Richard Mendel is a beekeeper, Vice President of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association, and contributor to the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. In this episode, we discuss the science of beekeeping, the concerns over the issue of bee colony collapse disorder, and at the end we talk about killer bees (otherwise known as Africanized honeybees).
Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category.
Due to technical problems with my recording system, there won’t be a new episode of Critical Wit for a couple of weeks. However, I have stitched together two excerpts of earlier, popular episodes that either you may have not heard, or would appreciate a recap of some of the more interesting parts of the interviews. The first excerpt is from episode 11 and is about the evolutionary history of penguins, and the second excerpt is from episode 13 and is about the conservation of bats. You can find reference links that are discussed in this episode, in the show notes of the original episodes.
Dr. Sean B Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is currently Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. With Darwin Day coming up, we talk about Charles Darwin. We discuss some of the interesting aspects to the famous naturalist, in particular those that Darwin fans may otherwise not fully appreciate or understand. Sean also talks about an important resource of which educators can get free materials on evolution: Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Visit http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/ for more information.
Emma Marris is a freelance science writer and author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In this episode, Emma talks about her book, describing how the perspective in which humans have had about the importance of wilderness to be pure and pristine is an outdated notion. It disregards the impact in which ecosystems throughout the world have been already affected by human influence. Therefore, it is time to look at different ways in which ecosystems can be created or modified in order to endure the changing the climate and world. You can find out more about Emma by visiting her website www.emmamarris.com and you can follow her on twitter @Emma_Marris.
Emily Willingham is a biologist, science writer, and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to College Biology. She is also the blogger at ‘The Biology Files.’ In this episode we talk about a short book that Emily wrote called When Worlds Collide: The Troubled History of Bears and People in Texas, which is available as a Kindle book on Amazon. Emily also has a personal blog called ‘A Life Less Ordinary‘ which focuses on parenting, special needs children, and autism. You can follow Emily on Twitter @ejwillingham.
Rob Mies is a scientist and conservationist, and co-founder of the Organization of Bat Conservation. He educates and entertains for public and has appeared on national television shows in order to promote the importance of bats in our ecosystems. And Rob talks about how people can help with bat conservation in modest ways.
You can find out more about bats by visiting www.batconservation.org, including information on building bat houses, setting up bat gardens, as well as fun events like the Great Lakes Bat Festival which occurs on July 9th. You can find this event on Facebook, and you can follow the OBC on Twitter @BatConservation
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Dr. Daniel Ksepka is a vertebrate paleontologist that works at North Carolina State University. Dan has done a lot of research in studying penguin fossils, and we discuss the evolutionary history of penguins as determined from the fossil record. Dan also has a fantastic blog called March of the Fossil Penguins and you can follow him on Twitter @ksepkalab.
There is also a great 50-minute lecture online in which Dan provides a comprehensive overview on penguin evolution. It’s really, really good.
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