31 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 • 28 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.

    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
    Mariana Di Giacomo - Natural History Conservator

    Mariana Di Giacomo - Natural History 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.
    In episode 027 Elle chats with Mariana about growing up in Uruguay and entering the world of conservation there, before moving to the US to pursue her education in the subject. She discusses moving into the field of Palaeontology and her role at the Yale Peabody Museum, and shares what specimens are housed at one of the oldest natural history establishments in the world. Mariana also talks about her new role as a science-communicator, and the methods she uses to get the word out.
    Mariana Socials
    https://www.marianadigiacomo.com/
    https://twitter.com/MarianaDGiacomo
    https://www.instagram.com/marudigi/?hl=en
     
    Media
    https://news.yale.edu/2021/02/22/peabody-renovation-offers-unique-view-iconic-dinosaur-mural
    https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Amid-Peabody-Museum-s-renovation-dinosaur-16434688.php
    https://paleopolicypodcast.com/2020/09/30/episode-5-the-role-of-a-museum-curator-dr-mariana-di-giacomo/
    https://iknowdino.com/tag/mariana-di-giacomo/
    https://aboutbone.com/conserving-bone/
     
    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
     

    • 45 min
    Siobhan Leachman - Wikimedia Editor and Citizen Scientist

    Siobhan Leachman - Wikimedia Editor and Citizen 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 026 Elle chats with Siobhan about her journey to becoming an Wikimedia editor and citizen scientist. Siobhan explains what her role entails and how she helps give visibility online to incredible people from the natural history world. 
     
    Siobhan Leachman socials
    https://twitter.com/SiobhanLeachman
    https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5398-7721
     
    Citizen science hubs
    https://scistarter.org/
    https://www.zooniverse.org/
     
    Smithsonian Transcription Center
    https://transcription.si.edu/
     
    Te Papa National Museum
    https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/
     
    Vernon Orlando Bailey - Naturalist 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Orlando_Bailey
     
    Joseph Nelson Rose - Botanist
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Nelson_Rose
     
    iNaturalist
    https://www.inaturalist.org/
     
    Auckland Museum
    https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/discover/collections/about/natural-sciences
     
    Bionomia
    https://bionomia.net/
     
    Wilmatte Porter Cockerell
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmatte_Porter_Cockerell
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Dru_Alison_Cockerell
     
    Elle Kaye socials 
    IG - www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
     
    Podcast socials
    IG - www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    Twitter - www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    Patreon - www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    Merch - www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
     
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    IG - www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
     
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
     
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 40 min
    Tommy McElrath - Entomologist

    Tommy McElrath - Entomologist

    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 025 Elle chats with Tommy about his journey to becoming an entomologist and insect collections manager at the Natural History Survey in Illinois. Tommy explains what his role entails and how he helps to look after the seven million specimens in the collection. Tommy also shares his advice for how we can get more connected to insects in our own lives, and the importance of having collections like the INHS.
     
    Tommy's socials
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/inhsinsects 
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/monotomidae
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/INHSInsects/
     
    Bio 
    https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/directory/show/tcm
     
    Research 
    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RFZdChgAAAAJ&hl=en
     
    Elle Kaye socials 
    IG - www.instagram.com/ellekayetaxidermy
     
    Podcast socials
    IG - www.instagram.com/specimenspod
    Twitter - www.twitter.com/specimenspod
    Patreon - www.patreon.com/specimenspod
    Merch - www.ellekayetaxidermy.co.uk/product-page/specimenspodmerch
     
    Artwork © 2021 Madison Erin Mayfield
    IG - www.instagram.com/madisonerinmayfield
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/MEMIllustration
     
    Music
    Giraffes - Harrison Amer via premiumbeat.com
     
    Researched, edited and produced by Elle Kaye
    Concept/Title © 2020 Elle Kaye

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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

SugarFreeJelly ,

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. 😊

Tymzz ,

Highly recommend!

I couldn’t recommend Elle’s podcast enough, it’s informative, educational and I’ve learnt a lot! She hosts great speakers and interesting topics. I can’t wait to hear more on my next drive to work!

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