Episodes

What is Science Really? And the Need to Communicate

July 26, 2020

Within the past decade, there have been several prominent issues where the public has showed distrust in science and the scientists behind the studies: climate change, evolution, vaccines, and now COVID-19 and wearing masks.…

Career and YouTube Advice with Wildlife Biologist Kristina Lynn

July 19, 2020

In today’s episode, I interview wildlife biologist and YouTuber Kristina Lynn on what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist and her success going viral on YouTube. She offers lots of great career tips and fun stories. Kristin…

7 Steps to Find Your Wildlife Career Path and Become Competitive for the Job You Want

July 16, 2020

This is a bonus episode! I recorded a webinar on Monday night to talk about my new Confusion to Clarity beta group. I realized that I had a Zoom audio file too and thought it would be a good addition to the podcast because e…

Bats are the Best! Bat Fun with Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens

July 12, 2020

Every day in the summer summer around dusk, I would look up above and see bats flying above my yard. I love bats, but so many people don’t. But bats are SO COOL! In this episode I talk with my friend and bat biologist Lisa G…

Has Poaching Decreased for Elephants?

July 5, 2020

Elephants are sought after for their ivory, which comes from their tusks. In most countries, it is illegal, but this has’t stopped people from killing them. Elephant poaching was at its highest ever within the past two decad…

10 Best Activities to Connect to Wildlife

June 28, 2020

Over the summer, kids go to summer camps and aspiring wildlife biologists have technician positions, internships, or volunteer opportunities. With COVID-19 causing much of the country to shut down, many outdoor programs for …

My Big Mistake in My Wildlife Biology Career and How You Can Learn From it

June 21, 2020

I have been applying for jobs in wildlife biology on and off since I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2012. While I knew jobs in academia were competitive, I didn't realize until after I finished school, how competitive careers in…

Sunscreen and Coral Reefs and You

June 14, 2020

t's summertime which means lots of people are headed to the beach, which also means lots of sunscreen. But before you grab a new bottle, you might not have known that what you put on your body has been harming ocean life in …

Bird Basics with Ornithologist Lauren Pharr

June 7, 2020

Birds are one of my favorite backyard animals because they are everywhere! I invited ornithologist Lauren Pharr on the podcast to discuss bird basics. In this episode we go over: How to attract birds to your backyard includi…

3 Tips for Aspiring Wildlife Biologists Stuck at Home

June 5, 2020

Summer is a key time for aspiring wildlife biologists. To be successful in this career, you need experience. Most wildlife biologists conduct their field work in the summer when professors don't have to teach and students do…

See a Snake? What to do and Resources for Identifying Snakes

June 1, 2020

I grew up loving snakes, but I also grew up in an area with 0 venomous snakes. Since then I've lived alongside venomous snakes in Kenya, Gabon, and now North Carolina, where I see them on a near-regular basis. But guess what…

Wildlife Biologist Job Questions Answered!

May 27, 2020

I frequently get emails asking me wildlife biologist questions: what we do, how we spend our time, and how you can better prepare for a career in wildlife biology. In this special episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I ag…

Diet Changes to Help Wildlife

May 24, 2020

Our diets have a gigantic impact on wildlife. In this episode, learn the biggest change that you can make to reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change. In fact, it's one of the biggest things you can do in general to …

Animals During Lockdown: What's Going on with Wildlife

May 17, 2020

As COVID-19 spread across the world, countries and states ordered for people to stay at home. This massive change in human behavior gave wildlife the opportunity to roam without human interruption.I summarize some of the new…

Animal Selfies: More than a Selfie

May 10, 2020

Social media has made selfies an everyday occurrence. But when they involve wildlife, they can quite literally put their lives as risk. Learn about why animal selfies are more than just a selfie, and how you can take more et…

Conversations on Animals in Captivity: Tiger King

May 10, 2020

In this episode, I talk about the frustrations I had with the Netflix series Tiger King. While the show focused on big cat owners, it skirted around major issues on animals in captivity.Do zoos play a role in conservation? H…

Welcome to the Fancy Scientist Podcast!

April 22, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, the Fancy Scientist, is a wildlife biologist who loves breaking stereotypes and talking about the natural world. In this podcast, she shares her knowledge of animals, experiences as a wildlife biolog…