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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

    Bryology (MOSS) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Bryology (MOSS) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

    An instant classic. You’ll listen on repeat as world-renowned author, botanist, Indigenous ecology professor and byrologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about her passion for moss. Cozy up for the most beautifully doled-out information about hidden worlds, overlooked mysteries, botanical drama, forests in miniature, Native peoples’ uses for moss and philosophies about science and ecology. Dr. Kimmerer, author of “Gathering Moss” and “Braiding Sweetgrass,” will change the way you see mosses forever, will inspire you to wear a loupe on a rope, and will soothe your soul with her beautiful voice and prose. Also bathmats, lawns and smoothies made of moss? We discuss. 

    Follow Dr. Kimmerer at facebook.com/braidingsweetgrass

    Look for her books at independent bookstores or wherever books are sold (including Amazon): “Braiding Sweetgrass” and “Gathering Moss” 

    Donations went to the ESF’s Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

    Sponsor links: kiwico.com/ologies; hellotushy.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/bryology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Neuroendocrinology (SEX & GENDER) Part 2 with Daniel Pfau

    Neuroendocrinology (SEX & GENDER) Part 2 with Daniel Pfau

    The wonderful neuroscientist and endocrinology researcher Dr. Daniel Pfau is back for Part 2 to answer listener mail about how hormones affect our moods, the variation of gender expression, queer lizards, how a strict gender binary is harmful to entire populations, hormone replacement therapy, hormones in sports, gender dysphoria, additional info on the Gender Unicorn and more. They remain just charming and kind and this episode will help you further understand just how many ways there are to be human. Also: it’s okay to take a mental health day once in a while. 

    Follow Dr. Daniel Pfau at Twitter.com/endokweer

    A donation went to MarshaP.org 

    Sponsor links: HelloFresh.com/ologies60; Behr.com/express; LinkedIn.com/ologies 

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/Neuroendocrinology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 56 min
    Neuroendocrinology (SEX & GENDER) Part 1 with Daniel Pfau

    Neuroendocrinology (SEX & GENDER) Part 1 with Daniel Pfau

    How many genders are there? How do you know if you’re queer? Is sexual orientation biological, and if so, how? The amazing Michigan State University neuroscientist and endocrinology researcher Dr. Daniel Pfau joins to share their path in academia finding the perfect research, understanding their own genderqueer identity, what animals in nature exhibit queer behavior, how hormones influence the brain, how important it was for them to find community and why the gender binary isn’t a good fit for a lot of people. They are just charming and kind and wonderful and this episode will help you understand just how many ways there are to be human. Also: smitten meadow mice, Gender Unicorns and Alie as a lion. Happy Pride, y’all. 

    Follow Dr. Daniel Pfau at Twitter.com/endokweer

    A donation went to MarshaP.org 

    Sponsor links: HelloFresh.com/ologies60; Behr.com/express; LinkedIn.com/ologies 

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/Neuroendocrinology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Very Special Episode: BlackAFinSTEM with various Ologists

    Very Special Episode: BlackAFinSTEM with various Ologists

    The most ologists in one Ologies. And maybe my favorite episode ever. #BlackBirdersWeek was such a force that we wanted to keep the energy going by spotlighting not one, but 30 ologists. You’re about to meet 30 new science heroes who are @BlackAFinSTEM and chatting about electric fish snouts, urban birds, falcons, lizards, crocodiles, economics, carnivores, sea turtles, porcupine noses, butt breathing, Ivory Towers, microaggressions, and how being an ally is a learning process we can all get better at. Walk side by side through life as a Black academic and hear their tips to best support them as well as guidance to Black students. Follow and fawn over your 30 glorious new nerd friends. 

    Follow all of the wonderful people you just heard on Twitter, on this list:

    https://twitter.com/i/lists/1270585769720078336?s=20

    Follow Joseph Saunder’s gorgeous macro photography

    Instagram.com/reelsonwheels

    Follow BlackAFinSTEM at Twitter.com/BlackAFinSTEM and Instagram.com/BlackAFinSTEM

    A donation will be made to BlackAFinSTEM

    Donate to individual members of BlackAFinSTEM

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ib6EvgCV0xn8iBpAX8kA6BZWxgcvofVEZTqU-Xh1bCU/edit

    Hiring a wildlife biologist? Reach out to Twitter.com/bellzisbirding

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/BlackAFinSTEM

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Pelicanology (PELICANS) with Juita Martinez

    Pelicanology (PELICANS) with Juita Martinez

    Spine mysteries, saggy sacs, limericks, flim flam, flags, #BlackBirdersWeek, sandals, divebombs, porcupine espionage, ice cream sandwiches and more! The warm and wonderful pelicanologist Juita Martinez studies these glorious dinosaurs and shares fieldwork stories, what it’s like to hold a floofy baby sea bird, what she loves about being in nature and resources for undergrads interested in becoming scientists. We also chat about birding and the amazing visibility campaign launched by BlackAFinSTEM, which is hosting online events this week to open the discussion about how racism affects Black naturalists, scientists, hikers and any other people of color who want to enjoy the outdoors. Oh also: how not to lose a boat. 

    Follow Juita Martinez at www.instagram.com/juitamartinez and twitter.com/JuitaMartinez

    Juita’s website: https://juitamartinez.weebly.com

    Follow BlackAFinSTEM at Twitter.com/BlackAFinSTEM and Instagram.com/BlackAFinSTEM

    A donation went to BackyardBasecamp.org

    #BlackBirdersWeek Events: 

    Thursday, June 4 #BirdingWhileBlack Livestream Discussion: tinyurl.com/BlackBirders, 7pm-8:30pm EST, moderated by Twitter.com/itsafronomics 

    Friday, June 5 #BlackWomenWhoBird. Follow all the amazing #BlackWomenWhoBird

    Also check out #AskABlackBirder, #PostABird, #BlackInNature, #BlackAFInSTEM

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/pelicanology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Oikology (DECLUTTERING) with Jamie & Filip Hord + Joe Ferrari

    Oikology (DECLUTTERING) with Jamie & Filip Hord + Joe Ferrari

    Why does clutter happen? How can we get rid of it and how will it affect us psychologically if we do? Buckle up for an episode that will lift your spirits and quite possibly change your life. We all have unfolded piles of laundry, that closet we don’t want to open, a tornado of papers on our desk that seems impossible to sort through. Enter: Oikology, the science of keeping things contained. Alie hunted down world-famous professional organizers, Jamie & Filip Hoard of Horderly to chat about -- FIRST OFF-- their name, plus gender and messes, when to call in a pro to help, the step-by-step process to tackle the entropy in your home and life, what do do about gifts you don’t want, what tools you might need, the KonMari method, how to overcome the emotional attachment to objects, and why decluttering becomes addictive. We also called in the big guns, research psychologist Dr. Joe Ferrari of DePaul university, to share his research on clutter, its psychological causes and effects, if the “spark joy” method works for everyone, when to call a professional organizer and how many pants is too many pants. Also: dispatches from my own front lines. This episode already changed my own life… and closet.

    Follow Jamie and Filip Hord at Instagram.com/horderly or at horderly.com

    Listen to Dr. Ferrari in the Volitional Psychology (Procrastination) episode and check out his book, “Still Procrastinating?”

    A donation went to DressforSuccess.org and challengingdisorganization.org 

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/oikology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 33 min

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