The Ask A Biologist program originates from the ASU School of Life Sciences. The host of the show is Dr. Biology (a. k. a. CJ Kazilek). Each episode revolves around an interview with a scientist(s) and their work in the life sciences. Students from preschool to high school and beyond will enjoy this show.
Companion program time logs and transcripts are available at the Ask A Biologist website to help educators integrate content from each episode into the classroom. Teachers and parents of younger students may want to use the logs and transcripts to preselect segments of content from each episode for their students.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 089 - Topic: Why Is Life the Way It Is? - Guest Nick Lane
What would life be like on other planets? Would it look like life on Earth? Life on our planet is tied to carbon and water, but would this be the same for life forms that evolved on other worlds? These are just a few of the questions that Biochemist and author Nick Lane talks about while visiting with Dr. Biology. Listen in as Nick explores not only life on our Earth, but also what it might be like on other planets.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 088 - Topic: Monster DNA - Guest: Melissa Wilson Sayres
In the tiny world of DNA, we might call genomes monsters. These huge sets of information include all the codes for all the genes present in an organism. From genomes, we can learn about the traits, diseases, and evolution of a species, and that’s just a start. What might such a monster set of data do for us if it was about our very own North American monster – the Gila monster? Computational biologist Melissa Wilson Sayres tells Dr. Biology about the Gila monster, the life-saving venom in its saliva, and what we might learn from the monster genome.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 087 – Ocean Winds and Climate with Guest Joellen Russell
Did you know the westerly winds in the Southern Ocean have been helping to keep our planet livable? Yes, they have been responsible for soaking up half of the human-made carbon dioxide (CO2) along with a whole lot of excess heat. Dr. Biology has the opportunity to talk with geoscientist Joellen Russell about the research she and a group of scientists have been doing in the southern hemisphere that tells us how important these winds and the oceans are for regulating the temperature of the planet.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 086 – Skeleton Secrets with Guest Tony Falsetti
Dead men tell no tales, but their bones can. It just takes a particular kind of scientist to read the clues that tell the story. Dr. Biology sits down with guest Tony Falsetti a forensic anthropologist who knows his way around a skeleton. They talk about the role of forensic anthropology and some of the historical mysteries Tony has helped to solve.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 085 – Insect Infatuation with Guest Gail Morris
These fluttering icons of North America are a favorite of many people across the world, but they may be having some population problems. Don’t worry though, there are ways you can help. Conservation specialist Gail Morris talks with our student guest host Kayna Lantz about these colorful insects, their identification, migration, and the many groups that are working to better understand them.
Ask-a-Biologist vol 084 – One Wormy World with Guest Andrea Graham
Around 4,000 years ago, on the wind-swept island of St. Kilda, Scotland, people started creating a food storage of sorts. They moved a population of sheep to the island, likely as a back-up food resource for when times were tough. Little did they know that their actions would affect 21st century science. Today, rather than ending up as a meal, sheep from this isolated population are the subjects of research on immune function. Ecologist Andrea Graham takes Dr. Biology on a trip of exploration through the dangerous cliffs, windy conditions, and wormy world that the Soay sheep deal with on St. Kilda.