Episodes

September 14, 2021

What Makes a Good Mentor?

Everyone should have a mentor when trying to achieve something difficult in life. In science, mentors are unavoidable. They play an essential role. You need research experience to become a scientist, and mentorship is a centr...

September 07, 2021

4 Tips for a Successful Academic Year in Graduate School

Last week on the Fancy Scientist podcast, I went over what graduate school was like and what it’s all about. This week, I talk about how you can have a successful year. Graduate school is not like undergrad. You can’t just st...

September 02, 2021

Training to Be a Scientist: Graduate School

It’s the beginning of the school year so I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about where aspiring scientists go to train to be scientists: graduate school. Whether you are getting your Master’s or Ph.D., the experi...

August 12, 2021

Elephant Tourism: What’s Best for Elephants

The inspiration for all of my writing and videos stems from animals. So often people want to become a wildlife biologist because they want to help animals. They envision themselves conducting important research to grow popula...

August 04, 2021

Working in Education with Erin Apple

The inspiration for all of my writing and videos stems from animals. So often people want to become a wildlife biologist because they want to help animals. They envision themselves conducting important research to grow popula...

July 28, 2021

Your Biggest Struggle in Wildlife Careers: Part 3

This week’s podcast episode covers the second most popular answer to the question, “What is the problem you are struggling with most in regard to this career?” And the truth is all animals will be affected by climate change –...

July 21, 2021

Your Biggest Struggle in Wildlife Careers Part 2

This week’s podcast episode covers the second most popular answer to the question, “What is the problem you are struggling with most in regard to this career?” To recap, a couple of months ago, I put this post on social media...

July 13, 2021

Your Biggest Struggle in Wildlife Careers

A couple of months ago, I put this post on social media asking for people in wildlife biology, ecology, or zoology careers to help me out with some research: and I was shocked by the response! I got so many people who were in...

June 30, 2021

Sustainable Beach Vacation Tips

It’s summer time here in the US, which means lots of people head to the beach for vacation. With parties, holidays, and leisure happening at the beach, it can be easy to forget – or some people may never even know in the firs...

June 22, 2021

Sea Turtles and Straws with Christine Figginer

Several years ago, I went on a trip to Hilton head, South Carolina, and I woke up in the morning really early and went to the beach. This is something I always do when I am by the ocean, because you get to find some really co...

June 16, 2021

Financial Realities of Wildlife Careers with Emily Roberts

You get a degree and then a job, right? That’s how it is supposed to work. But in wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation careers, it’s not so straightforward. In the wildlife science realm, you need experience, but the c...

June 08, 2021

Going Zero Waste with Alexa Smith

When I scroll through my Pinterest home feed, zero waste is a common word that comes up among eco-friendly bloggers. I always wanted to try it, but producing no waste seemed so hard! I was really intimidated by the challenge ...

June 02, 2021

Corporations and Climate Change with Lavaniya Das

Through my 17 years in research, one of the biggest lessons I learned is that science alone cannot solve the biodiversity crisis. We need people to care and to change their behaviors. People tend to view corporations as the e...

May 25, 2021

Getting a Job in Science Communication

When I was in graduate school, everyone was talking about how if you didn’t want to go into research, you could get a job in science communication – like it was something you could just easily do. But when I was officially on...

May 18, 2021

Handling the Haters in Science Communication

I was recently featured on an Instagram live hosted by @shine.science and I was asked the question, “How do you handle negative comments on social media?” I had such a long answer that I thought it would make an excellent pod...

May 13, 2021

Sustainable Seafood with Jackie Marks

What you eat has a huge impact on wildlife and that’s true for the ocean too. Commercial fishing can have large-scale negative impacts on dolphins, turtles, and whole ecosystems. Overfishing can endanger the species that is f...

May 06, 2021

Garden for Wildlife with David Mizejewski

Do you have a backyard? Front yard? Balcony? Access to a rooftop? Then you can help wildlife! I invited naturalist David Mizejewski on the podcast to talk about how you can make your yard, balcony, or whatever you have access...

April 29, 2021

City Nature Challenge with George Gehrig

George Gehrig subscribes to the Fancy Scientist and responded to an email of mine asking about the impact of iNaturalist data on science. I thought that sounded like a great topic to discuss, and when I found out that George ...