Episodes

Financial Realities of Wildlife Careers with Emily Roberts

June 16, 2021

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 crazy thing is, that in our field, a lot of experiences are unpaid. Even th…

Going Zero Waste with Alexa Smith

June 8, 2021

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 and felt like I needed help. So when Alexa Smith, author of An Economic Ec…

Corporations and Climate Change with Lavaniya Das

June 2, 2021

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 enemy of conservation – and with good reason, they pollute, cause deforesta…

Getting a Job in Science Communication

May 25, 2021

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 the job market, I didn’t see a ton of science communication jobs posted. …

Handling the Haters in Science Communication

May 18, 2021

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 podcast episode! I’ve been putting myself out there (and by there I mean the …

Sustainable Seafood with Jackie Marks

May 13, 2021

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 fished affecting ecosystems and our food availability. Some people advocate…

Garden for Wildlife with David Mizejewski

May 6, 2021

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 to more wildlife friendly. David is an author, TV host, and naturalist wh…

City Nature Challenge with George Gehrig

April 29, 2021

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 was the organizer of the City Nature Challenge for Bonner County, I though…

Extinction of Experience: The Core Threat to Nature Conservation

April 22, 2021

I became a wildlife biologist because I wanted to save species from extinction. But I’ve learned over my nearly two decades in this field, that we really can’t save species without focusing on ourselves first When people think of wildlife conservation, they often conjure up images of scientists in …

Welcome Mammals Into Your Yard the Right Way

April 14, 2021

Last week I talked about how you can make your front and backyard wildlife-friendly , and this week, I’m talking specifically about mammals! Lots of people want to welcome mammals into their yards, but don’t do it in the best way. In fact, by doing some things wrong, you could actually end up hurti…

How to Make a Wildlife Friendly Backyard

April 8, 2021

When most people think of conservation, they tend to think of faraway animals like tigers, elephants, and jaguars, or faraway places like the Amazon rainforest, Serengeti plains, or Yellowstone National Park. But conservation can start in your own backyard! Historically, we tend to think of protect…

Climate Change Empowerment: Changes You Can Make for Maximum Impact

April 1, 2021

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 populations or captive-rearing animals for reintroductions. But I’ve learned thr…

Foraging for Food and Medicine with Mark “Merriweather” Vorderbruggen

March 24, 2021

This week I talked to Dr. Mark “Merriweather” Vorderbruggen about foraging for your own food. I’ve blogged and podcasted before about having a more sustainable diet, but foraging is not something that came across my mind until Mark reached out to me. I’ll have to add it to my posts! In brief, forag…

Academic Coaching with Katy Peplin

March 17, 2021

In today’s podcast, I talk to academic Coach Dr. Katy Peplin of Thrive Ph.D. Katy founded Thrive PhD in 2017, where she started out coaching acquaintances to now having a thriving business with clients all over the world and in all disciplines, who have achieved all kinds of success. Katy helps aca…

Animal Care to Self Care with PJ Beaven of ZooFit

March 11, 2021

In this podcast, I interview PJ Beaven, a zookeeper for over 15 years. PJ created a program called ZooFit where she incorporates health and fitness with conservation. First PJ and I talk about what it was like for her to be a zookeeper. PJ worked with elephants and talks about how she took care of …

Big Game Biology with Rebecca Mowry

March 4, 2021

I invited my friend and colleague Rebecca Mowry for a conversation about her job as a big game wildlife biologist on my podcast. Rebecca is the Bitterroot area Wildlife Biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. I’ve been seeing her photos of mountain goats, moose, bighorn sheep and more pop …

Mastodons’ Impact on Mice with Mammalogist Mike Cove

Feb. 25, 2021

My colleague and friend, Dr. Mike Cove reached out to me to have a discussion about something he had been thinking about for some time: how mammals of the past impact mammals today. He was especially interested on the impacts of mastodons on today’s smaller mammals like rodents and small carnivores…

Conservation Careers with Nick Askew

Feb. 18, 2021

This episode is a must listen-to for anyone who wants to go into wildlife or conservation careers. I interview Dr. Nick Askew, founder of Conservation Careers, an organization dedicated to helping students find the right career for them in conservation. We chat about Nick’s background; how he pivot…