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Welcome to WCC, the only podcast serving dessert and cocktails along with the best in Australian wildlife science!

The most entertaining science discussions often happen after dinner, usually over cake, frequently over cocktails, but always in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab some dessert, pour a tasty drink, and come join us at the table for a chat with some amazing wildlife scientists and our animal nerd buddies. Cheers & Enjoy!

Producer: Kristian Summers
Host/Nerd: Janne Torkkola

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Welcome to WCC, the only podcast serving dessert and cocktails along with the best in Australian wildlife science!

The most entertaining science discussions often happen after dinner, usually over cake, frequently over cocktails, but always in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab some dessert, pour a tasty drink, and come join us at the table for a chat with some amazing wildlife scientists and our animal nerd buddies. Cheers & Enjoy!

Producer: Kristian Summers
Host/Nerd: Janne Torkkola

    WCC Ep.53. Platypus eDNA with Tamielle Brunt

    WCC Ep.53. Platypus eDNA with Tamielle Brunt

    We’re joined by Tamielle Brunt, PhD student at UQ studying the distribution and habitat requirements of Platypuses around South-East QLD. Tamielle has a passion for these amazing aquatic monotremes,engaging local communities in WildlifeQLD’s Platypus Watch programs since 2016. We discuss her PhD research, including eDNA monitoring to guide planning for the persistence of platypus populations, urban and naturalized habitat requirements, and much more, over Moon River cocktails and Mudcake!

    Follow Tamielle on Twitter@tamiellebrunt and IG@platypus_protector.

    Check out Platypus Watch at Wildlife.org.au/platypuswatch

    New Research:

    Richmond et al. 2018 A diverse suite of pharmaceuticals contaminates stream and riparian food webs. Nature Communications. 9.4491. DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-06822-w.

    Asahara et al. '16. Comparative cranial morphology in living and extinct platypuses: Feeding behavior, electroreception, and loss of teeth. Science Advances. 2, 10. e1601329
    DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601329.

    Carrick et al. 2019 Limitations on the use of historical and database sources to identify changes in distribution and abundance of the platypus. Response to A silent demise: Historical insights into population changes of the iconic platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Global Ecology and Conservation. 20:e00777. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00777.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    WCC Ep.52. Spiders of Australia with Robert Whyte

    WCC Ep.52. Spiders of Australia with Robert Whyte

    We’re talking all things spidery with Robert Whyte, arachnologist at Queensland Museum. Rob is a scientist, author, editor, photographer, and science communicator with a passion for Australian spiders. In 2017, along with images from Greg Anderson, he authored “A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia”, the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever produced. In 2018 he revived the AustralasianArachnologicalSociety.org website & newsletter. Rob has also been working with the BushBlitz biodiversity exploration programs since 2012 to find new spider species around the country. At last year’s Cooloola BioBlitz, he lead the spider team to discover 37 new species, with even more this year! As an advocate for #SciComm, he is currently producing and presenting the upcoming web-series #JoltScienceTV with Sandra Tuszynska. Rob is also an avid volunteer with habitat restoration projects such as SaveOurWaterwaysNow, and wrote “The Creek In Our Backyard: A practical guide for habitat restoration” now a 2nd expanded edition since 2013.

    Follow Rob on Twitter @robertwhyte and Queensland Museum @qldmuseum

    And watch for new episodes of #JoltScienceTV at JoltScience.com.au

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    WCC Ep.51. Feeding The Birds At My Table Booklaunch with Prof. Darryl Jones

    WCC Ep.51. Feeding The Birds At My Table Booklaunch with Prof. Darryl Jones

    With huge thanks to Avid Reader Bookshop in Brisbane’s West End, we were invited to have a discussion with the amazing Darryl Jones, Professor of Ecology at Griffith University, for the launch of his latest book, “Feeding The Birds At My Table – A Guide For Australia” from NewSouth Publishing. Prof. Darryl Jones is the Deputy Director of Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute, working on understanding human-wildlife interactions. He’s the author of over 170 scientific articles and six books, including The Birds At My Table (2018) and now, the follow-up, Feeding The Birds At My Table (2019). The book is a not only an exploration of the challenges to safely and ethically feeding birds in your backyard, it’s also a practical guide for how to improve our bird feeding habits and practices here in Australia. We discuss bird feeding culture and research in Australia, ethical bird feeding problems and solutions, and much more. Join us for this fantastic launch event hosted by Avid Reader Bookshop!

    Check out the link below to order the book today!

    newsouthpublishing.com/articles/feeding-birds-your-table/

    Follow Prof. Darryl Jones on Twitter @MagpiejonesD

    Check out the happenings at Avid Reader on Twitter @AvidReader4101

    • 1 hr 6 min
    WCC Ep.50. Acid Frog Conservation with Alannah Filer, Debra Stark & Callum McKercher

    WCC Ep.50. Acid Frog Conservation with Alannah Filer, Debra Stark & Callum McKercher

    We’re talking all things #Froggy with frog conservation scientists Alannah Filer, Debra Stark, and Callum McKercher! Alannah is a PhD student at the Uni of Queensland studying distribution mapping and bioacoustics in frogs, particularly the low pH specialized acid frogs. Debra, also at UQ, is involved in bioacoustic monitoring of acid frogs, education, and using technologies such as VR to bring students into the field. Callum is currently starting his PhD at Uni of New England, studying alpine wetland ecosystems near Armidale. With some Surfer-On-Acid cocktails and froggy cupcakes, we discuss monitoring the threatened Acid Frogs, bioacoustics, and much more!

    Check out some of Alannah’s work at Rhodesconservation.com and SpatialEcology.com

    Follow Debra on Twitter at @debra_93

    Follow Callum on Instagram at @calsphotography12

    • 1 hr 27 min
    WCC Ep.49. Student Conference on Conservation Science, Brisbane 2019 - Pt. 1 (Guests and Poster Presentations)

    WCC Ep.49. Student Conference on Conservation Science, Brisbane 2019 - Pt. 1 (Guests and Poster Presentations)

    We’re super exited to share some of the amazing conservation students and researchers from the 2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science in Brisbane, Australia! WCC was lucky to score an invite to attend some of the incredible student talks, plenary speakers, poster presentations, and we even managed a handful of special guest interviews (see below for segment times). In this first part, we share interviews with student poster presenters and special guest speakers.

    With so many amazing student researchers and conservationists in various fields from across the world congregating at the Uni of Queensland for this conference, we barely scratched the surface and wish we had time for more. Nonetheless, we hope you enjoy these presentations and interviews from numerous conservation students across a broad swath of scientific disciplines, just a small sample of the breadth of knowledge and talent involved in biodiversity conservation around the world.

    For more on #SCCSAus2019, check out SCCS-aus.org, Facebook@SCCSAus, and Twitter@SCCS_Aus

    Segments as follows:

    Prof. Bill Laurence            (3:50)    James Cook University

    Prof. Sarah Bekessy         (27:23)  RMIT

    Prof. Hugh Possingham  (37:19)   University of Queensland

    Dr. April Reside                  (43:43)  University of Queensland

    • 1 hr 2 min
    WCC Ep.48. Sea Snake Conservation with Blanche D'Anastasi

    WCC Ep.48. Sea Snake Conservation with Blanche D'Anastasi

    We’re joined by Blanche D’Anastasi to talk Sea Snakes, along with some insanely decadent Ocean Cake and Negronis to finish #NegroniWeek2019! Blanche is a marine biologist, applied conservation researcher & sea-snake expert, currently completing a PhD on threatened sea snakes at James Cook University. We discuss all things sea-snake related over our very rich drink and dessert pairing J Enjoy, and Happy #NegroniWeek everyone!

    • 1 hr 11 min

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