34 episodes

Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.

Specimens Elle Kaye

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.

    Dr. Ben Garrod - Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement

    Dr. Ben Garrod - Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.
    In episode 033 Elle chats with Dr. Ben Garrod about his work: from primatology and evolutionary biology to broadcasting and lecturing. Ben discusses the objective behind his new children’s book series ‘Extinct’ and how he helps empower children about conservation. Ben discusses what it means to be a scientist and his thoughs on how the subject is intersectional and multi-faceted.
    Dr. Ben Garrod Socials
    www.twitter.com/ben_garrod
    www.instagram.com/ben_garrod
    www.bengarrod.co.uk
    Dr. Jane Goodall Institute
    https://janegoodall.org/
    ZSL
    https://www.zsl.org/
    Royal Vet Collage
    https://www.rvc.ac.uk/
    Darwins Finches
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin%27s_finches
    University of East Anglia
    https://www.uea.ac.uk/
    Norfolk Wildlife Trust
    https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/home
    Youth STEMM Awards
    https://ysawards.co.uk/
    Ben’s Books ‘EXTINCT’
    https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/extinct
    Ben’s TEDX Talk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEzAHZJnp5M
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 48 min
    Dr. Allison Shultz - Ornithologist

    Dr. Allison Shultz - Ornithologist

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens. In episode 032 Elle chats with Dr. Allison Shultz about how she became Assistant Curator of Ornithology at NHMLA. We discuss her research in colouration and plumeology, and she gives us an education in why birds look the way that they are and what are the genes that make up colours. We discuss plumage evolution and micro-structure, as well as the role, form and function of feathers. Dr. Allison also discusses her role at the museum and the types of specimens and study-skins she works with. Dr. Allison Shultz Socials https://www.allisonshultz.com
    https://www.instagram.com/ajshultz622
    https://www.Instagram.com/tauraco.designs
    https://twitter.com/ajshultz622
    Profiles NHMLA
    https://nhm.org/person/shultz-allison
    https://nhm.org/stories/our-bird-curators-new-perch
    La Brea Tar Pits Museum
    https://tarpits.org/
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
    https://nhm.org/
    San Diego Zoo (live cams link, because, well, live cams)
    https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
    Great Frigate Bird
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_frigatebird
    Structural Colour Article
    https://nhm.org/stories/how-and-why-colorful-feathers
    Turacin
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turacin
    Museum of Vertabrate Zoology
    https://mvz.berkeley.edu/
    “Meet the Scientist” by (NHMLA) video interview with Dr. Allison Shultz
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i7i6KBEB8E
    Articles/Research on Coloration
    https://www.allisonshultz.com/research
    Leucism 
    https://www.audubon.org/news/why-bird-half-white
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 51 min
    Tom Hanner - Wildlife Filmmaker

    Tom Hanner - Wildlife Filmmaker

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.
    In episode 031 Elle chats with Tom about how he became head over heels for the natural world. He shares how at a hard time in his life, he found solace in nature and discovery and how this helped him to heal. We discuss his filmmaking projects and their conservational objectives, and his science communication plans for the future.
    Tom's Socials
    https://www.tomhanner.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/tom.hanner/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv-VfEa8b3oYV5-ov-u57xA
    Tom's Films
    https://vimeo.com/user99652098
    BBC Earth
    https://www.bbcearth.com/
    BBC Natural History Unit
    https://www.bbcstudios.com/case-studies/natural-world/
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 51 min
    Cat Irving - Human Remains Conservator

    Cat Irving - Human Remains Conservator

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.
    TW: Death/Dying and Human Remains
    In episode 030 Elle chats with Cat about her work caring for anatomical and pathological museum collections for nearly twenty years. She discusses the transition between working in Edinburgh City Mortuary and moving to England to further train in wet tissue collections to returning to Scotland to work with pathology specimens in Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. We also discuss shifts in perceptions around death and dying, and what that has meant for Cat. 
    Cat Socials
    https://thesewanderingbones.wordpress.com/contents/
    https://twitter.com/AnatomicalCat
    https://www.instagram.com/anatomicalcat/
    Surgeons Hall
    https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/
    Hunterian Museum Glasgow
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/
    Alder Hay Scandal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alder_Hey_organs_scandal
    Authors Cat Mentions
    Ian Rankin - https://www.ianrankin.net/
    Michael Sappol -https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691118758/a-traffic-of-dead-bodies
    William Burke Murderer                                                                         
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Hare_murders
    Charles Anderson
    https://surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/the-tibia-of-charles-anderson/
    Robert Liston
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston
    The Lister Project
    https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2014/december/the-lister-project-update
    Cat Research 
    https://surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/2020/02/28/put-a-lid-on-it/?fbclid=IwAR21mWizyElx7EZmlfvRUG8o-RCGzHPT_LTYhLPDF55DrUDoOvT1GYMieE0
    https://surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/a-few-words-about-formaldehyde/
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 57 min
    Kristi Dranginis - Bird Educator

    Kristi Dranginis - Bird Educator

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.
    In episode 028 Elle chats with Kristi about her journey to becoming a bird educator. She discusses the moment she fell in love with birds, and how this became the foundation for everything that she now does. Kristi talks about her word as a 'Bird Mentor' and what that means for participants to her courses. We talk about the For Love of Birds festival which Kristi hosts, which brings together some of the most influential voices in the avian world.
    Kristi Socials
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristi-dranginis-76b0908b/
    https://twitter.com/birdmentor
    https://www.instagram.com/birdmentor/
    For The Love of Birds Festival Tickets
    https://www.fortheloveofbirdsfestival.com/for-the-love-of-birds-festival-registration?affiliate_id=3492995
    Bird Mentor
    https://birdmentor.com/project/2-the-bird-mentor-team/
    https://birdmentor.com/
    EBird
    https://ebird.org/home
    Cedar Waxwing
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_waxwing
    John Young Book
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Robin-Knows-Secrets-Natural/dp/054400230X
    Tom Brown Jr Tracker & Survivalist
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brown_Jr
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    Merch
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 53 min
    Kaylan Reddy - Medicinal Plant Scientist

    Kaylan Reddy - Medicinal Plant Scientist

    Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens.
    In episode 028 Elle chats with Kaylan about his journey to becoming a medicinal plant scientist. From growing up in Pretoria in South Africa, and committing to Biochemistry, to moving to pursue study in Medicinal Plants in Stellenbosch. Kaylan talks about the uses of Sceletium, the plant at the centre of his study, and how it has traditionally been used as a mood elevator. We talk about sustainable practises for obtaining this endemic plant, and the Indigenous People who contribute to science through sharing their knowledge and traditions. 
    Kaylan Socials
    https://twitter.com/Plant_Detective
    https://www.instagram.com/sceletium.sci.guy/
    Kaylan Reddy Research and Scientific Articles/Press
    https://fbip.co.za/news/reddy-wants-to-revolutionise-chemo-genetics/#:~:text=Kaylan%20Reddy%20is%20a%2024%20year%20old%20first,interests%20were%20biochemistry.%20He%20grew%20up%20in%20Pretoria.
    https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8577
    https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/finalists
    Fees Must Fall 
    ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FeesMustFall
    https://fundiconnect.co.za/fees-must-fall-south-africas-2015-student-protest/
    Medicinal Plants Course
    http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/science/botany-zoology/about-us
    Khoi and San Indigenous People and Traditional Medicine
    http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?pid=S0259-94222017000300062&script=sci_arttext&tlng=es
    https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/617459/
    Medical overview for Sceletium
    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1259/sceletium
    Elle Kaye socials 
    www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
    Podcast socials
    www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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Fantastic

Always so interesting and Elle is so passionate and positive in her beliefs. A great podcast and definitely worth listening to. Thank you for all you do Elle

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Five Stars

Having heard all the episodes so far I can say each of them has been informative, interesting and very entertaining. A very enjoyable podcast with knowledgeable and varied interviewees delivered with the listener in mind. More please. 😊

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Highly recommend!

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