Archive for the 'zoology' Category

148 – Michael Roache – Australian Macropod Action Plan

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

In this episode, I speak to Michael Roache, the Program Manager for Threatened Species at the World Wildlife Fund – Australia. He spoke to me about: – Michael’s background – National Threatened Species Day – How many threatened species do we have in Australia? – What are macropods? – The relationship between threatened species and […]

143 – The World of the Elephant – Science Week Live Show

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

This episode is the audio from the National Science Week live show recorded at the Monash Science Centre. You can download the presentation and the lyrics to the song at the Brains Matter web site. A live audience enjoyed hearing from the range of guests at the Brains Matter live show – first up was […]

The World of the Elephant – National Science Week Live Show

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The Brains Matter podcast will be hosting a National Science Week event on Saturday the 20th of August, 2011 at the Monash Science Centre starting from 2:30pm. Research scientist Evan Bittner will be joining OG to discuss elephants, what we know about them, their history, and the current situation with human-elephant conflict and the research […]

126 – Prof Missaka Wijayagunawardane – The Sri Lankan Asian Elephant

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

In this episode, I talk to Professor Missaka Wijayagunawardane from the Department of Animal Science at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. Professor Wijayagunawardane is a Professor in Animal Science and is an elephants reproduction specialist. Topics we discussed included: – What is the situation of elephants in Sri Lanka? – What is the […]

123 – Mei Liu – Amazing Bodies Exhibition

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

The Amazing Bodies Exhibition is an exhibition that showcases bodies of all shapes and sizes – from reptiles, to land mammals, to whales, and even humans. The exhibition premiered in Melbourne, and will tour Australia and New Zealand. One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit is the use of the plastination technique to […]

120 – Prof Richard Wassersug – Talking to a Herpetologist

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Professor Richard Wassersug is from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology from Dalhousie University in Canada. Much of his research and study was and is in the area of herpetology, or the study of amphibians. I talked to Professor Wassersug about herpetology, and the importance of understanding this area of biology. Topics discussed include: – […]

118 – Prof Patricia Vickers-Rich – Palaeontology 101

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I speak to Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich, the Director of the Monash Science Centre and Personal Chair of Palaeontology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, about palaeontology. Topics we covered included: – What is palaeontology? – What areas of science does palaeontology cover? – If you’re interested in palaeontology, what should you consider learning? – Prof […]

112 – Prof Roger Short and Evan Bittner – Taronga Zoo Baby Elephant Birth

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In today’s episode, I talk to both Professor Roger Short and Evan Bittner from the University of Melbourne on several topics related to the Asian Elephant, including the recent “miracle birth” of the baby elephant at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Topics we cover include: – Some of the latest news with Prof Short and Evan Bittner’s […]

111 – Evan Bittner – Asian Elephant Conservation Part 2

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

In this episode, I continue my talk with Evan Bittner from the University of Melbourne in Brains Matter’s continuing series on Asian Elephants. If you missed Episode 110, please go back and listen to that episode first. In this interview, Evan discusses: – What can we do to reduce the impact on the ability to […]

110 – Evan Bittner – Asian Elephant Conservation Part 1

Monday, March 15th, 2010

In this episode, I talk to Evan Bittner from the University of Melbourne in Brains Matter’s continuing series on Asian Elephants. Evan discusses: – Elephants and infrasound communications – Determining how to measure elephant reactions to elephant vocalisations – What are the meanings of some of the elephant behaviours we observe? – The follow up […]