Delve into topical issues in zoology, conservation and the environment, from saving species and protecting the planet, to finding out about the animals living across the globe, including in London’s own river Thames. Learn more about the science behind the conservation work being done by ZSL and others, in this podcast from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology. Hosted by Dr Monni Böhm.
ZSL #032 Coral reefs: running the gauntlet of climate change
Coral reefs are the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world, yet they are impacted by several threats, including rises in sea-surface temperature due to climate change. Join Monni as she navigates these unique underwater ecosystems with the help of five fantastic coral connoisseurs. How can new technologies be used to protect and preserve coral reefs for the future? Why is connectivity important? And which fascinating fact will make your brain (coral) explode?
ZSL #031 Habitat loss and human health – understanding the links between ecosystem degradation and infectious disease outbreaks
In this episode, Monni turns to a team of experts in wildlife diseases, to discuss the link between ecosystem degradation and infectious disease outbreaks. What makes an animal a good host for carrying zoonotic diseases? Can we predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks in the future? And exactly what does a job as ‘human bait’ entail?
ZSL #030 Can surveillance technology and social science address rule-breaking and wildlife crime?
Join Monni as she finds out from a panel of experts how machine learning and technological developments in drones, infrared imaging, global positioning systems and cameras can help tackle wildlife crime. How can social science help us understand the motivations behind rule-breaking? And what rule is Monni so afraid of admitting that she once broke?
ZSL #029 The future of biodiversity conservation - different dimensions of conservation thinking
In this episode, Monni and co-hosts Yara Shennan-Farpón, Helen Muller and Thalassa McMurdo Hamilton, speak with Dr Chris Sandbrook, co-creator of the Future of Conservation Survey, about some of the lessons learned from analysing the perspectives of nearly 10,000 conservationists from around the world. What could the future of conservation look like? And what would need to happen for us to get there?
ZSL #028 What's next for rewilding?
Rewilding has emerged as a captivating, but controversial, concept in conservation. Join Monni as she finds out from the experts how real “wildness” can be achieved, and why now is an important time for the UK to be thinking about rewilding. What is even possible in places like the UK where we have quite limited space? Should people be part of rewilding? And why can the Tamworth Pig be considered the hippopotamus of the UK?
ZSL #027 Madagascar's missing megafauna: life after lemurs, hippos and elephant birds
Monni finds out from a panel of experts about all things Madagascar and what the challenges are for its wildlife. How big is an elephant bird and its poo? What can old bones tell us? And why is the Madagascar pochard such a special bird? (Recorded in November 2019)
This is a great little podcast. One of the best on current conservation issues. Interesting subjects and presentation and gives you really good information in decent sized episodes. Love it, please keep it up.
Varied, interesting, eye opening
A great, bite sized (20 min) way to learn more about a variety of topics relating to nature/wildlife/ecology. I like that you hear different relevant experts for each episode, and they seem to have been chosen not just for their knowledge but for their ability to speak engagingly!
Fascinating and enlightening
This series of podcasts is full of revelations about the science behind the conservation work being carried out by ZSL and others. Short interviews with a variety of experts and succinct questions asked by Dr Monni Böhm make this an eminently listenable series. For anyone interested in conservation and the future of our natural world these podcasts are essential listening.