Episodes

Palm Oil Boycotts and a Conservation Reality Check

Jan. 1, 2021

Today’s episode was inspired by some people that started trolling me on Twitter and provides valuable lessons for conservation (and dealing with trolls). Palm oil, an ingredient in tons of food, cosmetic, and personal care p…

Overcoming End-of-the-Year Blues

Dec. 27, 2020

t’s getting close to the end of the year. In normal years, this is a time when everyone says their accomplishments. In which case, if you didn’t feel like you did that much or didn’t meet your goals, you can feel like a fail…

Impostor Syndrome, Confidence, and Conservation

Dec. 20, 2020

In this episode, I talk all about imposter syndrome. Part of the reason why I am talking about imposter syndrome is because we’re starting off in a new year! I also just started my second cohort of students in my Confusion t…

Gifts to Connect People to Nature

Dec. 13, 2020

Why do I care about connecting people to nature? Well, it is incredibly important for me to get people outdoors, connecting to nature because that is so important in raising future conservationists to get adults to change th…

Elephant Friendly Tea: A Win-Win for Elephants and Communities

Dec. 7, 2020

Hey everyone. I am so excited about today’s episode. I really truly mean that today I interviewed a special guest. Her name is Lisa Mills and she is the founder of elephant origins tea . I love this for so many reasons. One,…

Why You Need to Clarify Your Career NOW

Dec. 2, 2020

I interviewed Master's student Hannah Som on her journey to becoming a student and what she learned as a student in the first round of my Confusion to Clarity program. We talk about how she transformed and the value of getti…

Make Black Friday Green

Nov. 22, 2020

Black Friday is the official kickoff for the holiday buying season. As a conservationist, I know that buying stuff is inherently bad for the planet. But as the daughter of a family business, I know the holiday season is esse…

Clearing Up Coyote Misconceptions

Nov. 15, 2020

What’s the deal with coyotes? It seems like people are seeing them more and more and some coyotes have unusual behavior. What’s going on? People also seem to really hate them, but do they deserve such a bad wrap? This is so …

Can Coyotes and Humans Replace Apex Predators in the Eastern USA?

Nov. 8, 2020

This week Colorado citizens voted to reintroduce grey wolves on their prey. Historically, grey wolves were all over the west, but currently they extirpated (locally extinct) through most of their range. Voters are now lettin…

Eastern Cougars? How to Know if a Species is Really There

Nov. 1, 2020

This week’s episode is inspired by photos posted to a Facebook group. A user posted these photos of part of a deer carcass high in a tree. They asked what animal would cause this? I watched the responses pour in and I knew w…

Cougar Viral Video: Interview with Trail Runner Kyle Burgess

Oct. 25, 2020

A week ago, I made a YouTube video in response to a cougar “attack/stalking” video that went viral. But what was missing from the cougar viral video is what actually happened. That’s where I came in to get to the truth. In b…

Why Aggressive Elephants? Also Field Stories, Dung DNA, and Elephant Conservation

Oct. 18, 2020

This is the fifth episode in a series all about how I actually studied elephants. For my Ph.D., I studied the social structure and genetic patterns of African forest elephants in Gabon. Here I follow up on aggressive elephan…

Charging Elephants and Fresh Dung: Challenges from the Field

Oct. 11, 2020

This is the fourth episode in a series all about how I actually studied elephants. I recently gave a talk and people were really curious about how I went about this (how does one study elephants?). I decided this would be th…

First Field Season with Forest Elephants

Oct. 4, 2020

This episode is the third part of a series all about my dissertation research on African forest elephants. People were really curious about how I actually went about this (how does one study elephants?), so I made a series a…

Choosing a Field Site for Forest Elephant Research

Sept. 27, 2020

Welcome back to this series on how I set up my forest elephant research and what it was like to study them. In the last episode, I take you through the process of how and why I decided to study African forest elephants, and …

How Do You Study Elephants? The Start of My Journey

Sept. 20, 2020

I chose to study elephants for my dissertation research. But how does one even set something like that up? Where do you begin? I recently gave a talk to undergraduate students in wildlife studies. I talked about my past rese…

Barriers to Entry in Wildlife and Conservation Jobs with Stephanie Martin

Sept. 13, 2020

In this episode, I talk with scientist and science communicator Stephanie Martin about a topic near and dear to her heart – barriers to entry in the field of wildlife biology. A lot of people may not know this, but experienc…

Conversations About Conservation in Academia with Chris Parsons

Sept. 6, 2020

Last week in episode #21, I talked about the importance of voting for the conservation of wildlife. This is the perfect follow-episode! I interview marine scientist and science communicator Dr. Chris Parsons of the Speak Up …

Want to Help Animals? Do This One Thing

Aug. 30, 2020

As a wildlife biologist, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “What can I do to help animals?” Well this episode is all about that exact topic. And guess what? It’s probably not what you think it is. Want a c…

5 Things You’ll Get From My Book on Wildlife Biology Careers (Plus 2 Bonuses)

Aug. 23, 2020

I am so excited – My book on wildlife biology careers is finally available on pre-order for Kindle . The paperback version will be out next month. For the past year, I’ve been writing a book on wildlife biology careers from …

Mindful Conservation with Ashley Scarlett

Aug. 15, 2020

Conservation is all about trying to protect and save plants, animals, and other organisms from going extinct. We do this work because we love nature, and it’s tough to read stories about people or organizations poaching wild…

Pinterest for Science Communication and Conservation

Aug. 9, 2020

If you’ve listened to previous episodes of the podcast (like # and #), you know how important communication to the public is for science and conservation. Many scientists are on Twitter, Instagram, and even Tik Tok now, but …

Starting a SciComm Business with Chris Cloney

Aug. 2, 2020

On this episode, I interviewed Dr. Chris Cloney , a combustible dust fire and explosion researcher who created a six-figure online business from his blog. My podcast tends to focus on wildlife and conservation, so why am I i…