22 episodes

Ever wondered how dolphins sleep, what a snail sees, or why praying mantises eat their lovers? Animalia is a science podcast about the weird and interesting things that animals do. Each episode join Annie, Farley and David as we interview, debate and field-trip our way through this fascinating world of animal behaviour. Really love what we do? You can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/animalia

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Ever wondered how dolphins sleep, what a snail sees, or why praying mantises eat their lovers? Animalia is a science podcast about the weird and interesting things that animals do. Each episode join Annie, Farley and David as we interview, debate and field-trip our way through this fascinating world of animal behaviour. Really love what we do? You can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/animalia

    Corals and Probiotics (Pint of Science Special) - Interview

    Corals and Probiotics (Pint of Science Special) - Interview

    Corals are incredible animals that support an estimated 25% of all marine life. But without the algae living inside them, coral reefs can’t survive. Scientists recently discovered that bacteria also live within these algae. Could the right bacteria help protect corals and their algae from rising global temperatures? In our second special episode for the Pint of Science Festival, we chat with Dr Justin Maire about his latest research.

    You can learn more about Justin’s latest research in his latest scientific publication or in this article for Pursuit.

    Pint of Science is an international festival which has been running in Australia for the last 7 years.

    This not-for-profit science festival aims to bring local researchers out of the lab to speak with the public about their current science research. Find out more: https://pintofscience.com.au/festival/2021

    • 41 min
    Beautiful Beetles (Pint of Science Special) - Interview

    Beautiful Beetles (Pint of Science Special) - Interview

    Beetles are like little fashion icons. Some are as shiny and reflective as mirrors. Others change colour depending on their angle. In this special episode for the Pint of Science Festival, we ask Dr Amanda Franklin why. We also ask about Amanda’s experiences studying other animals, including mantis shrimp.

    Follow Amanda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/neptsnecklace

    Pint of Science is an international festival which has been running in Australia for the last 7 years.
    This not-for-profit science festival aims to bring local researchers out of the lab to speak with the public about their current science research. Find out more: https://pintofscience.com.au/festival/2021

    • 39 min
    Cicadas: The Sound of Summer - Interview

    Cicadas: The Sound of Summer - Interview

    Summer is here in Australia, and that means one thing - you’ll be hearing a lot of a certain noisy insect.

    We spoke to Dr Nathan Emery to learn about these more often heard-than-seen creatures, including their life cycles, how they can be so noisy and just why Australia is the “cicada capital”. The jury is still out on the pronunciation however...

    Keen to get more involved with cicadas? Visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/cicadarama

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-great-cicada-blitz-nsw-australia

    You can find Nathan’s book at:

    https://cicadarama.square.site/

    We mention this classic song in our episode - “Cicada That Ate Five Dock - Outline”

    • 48 min
    Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies - Halloween Special

    Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies - Halloween Special

    In this spooky Halloween special, Ashton Dickerson joins us to discuss werewolves, vampires and zombies of the animal kingdom. We even throw in a witch and some Frankenstein’s monsters.

    We reference some visual media during our recording, see what we were seeing below:

    Vampire finches: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-vampire-finches.html

    Lungfish: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/west-african-lungfish/

    To learn more about Ashton’s research, you can find her on Twitter (@aScienceBird).

    • 40 min
    Toad-Smart Quolls - Interview

    Toad-Smart Quolls - Interview

    In 1935, cane toads were introduced to Australia. This proved to be a terrible mistake. Australia now has hundreds of millions of toxic toads advancing across the country. How can we stop native predators from eating these highly poisonous toads?

    In this episode, we chat with Dr Ella Kelly and Dr Naomi Indigo about their innovative efforts to save the endangered northern quoll – involving not-so-silly sausages, toad-smart traits, and the smell of “death”.

    To read more about Ella and Naomi’s research, check out their peer-reviewed scientific papers (we provide a list on our website). You can also find Ella and Naomi on Twitter (@ecology_ella and @NaomiIndigo).

    • 49 min
    Isolation Animals: The Bad

    Isolation Animals: The Bad

    In the third and final part in our Isolation Animals series, we look into the negative effects of COVID-19 on animals. In keeping with this episode’s “bad news” theme, this episode was much harder to record and took much longer to get out than the others - one challenge being keeping up with news in rapidly changing situations.

    Here, we discuss how COVID-19 is changing attitudes towards some animals, how changing human behaviour is affecting wildlife conservation, and how certain wildlife protections are being weakened.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

asica09 ,

Love the energy and curiosity

I am also a graduate student (biophysics) and just love the energy that both the hosts and their guests have towards science. This is a really fun podcast to listen to on the way to my lab to get my pumped up for the day. I do wish they would place links to the papers they mention or that back up what they are talking about (although I did see they have links to their guests’ lab websites). Thanks for doing this!

MV Listener ,

That voice

Love this podcast but most of all I love the dulcet tones pumping out of those American lungs. The Aussie girl sounds great but that American.....perfection.

Brack Harmon ,

Well worth listening to

This professionally crafted podcast is guaranteed to excite your inner biologist. With a variety of topics and guests this brilliant podcast is sure to keep you entertained.

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