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Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, the Fancy Scientist, is a wildlife biologist who loves breaking stereotypes and talking about the natural world. In this podcast, she shares her knowledge of animals, experiences as a wildlife biologist, and simple lifestyle choices you can make to conserve nature. Her 17 years in wildlife biology taught her that science alone cannot save species. We need to take collective action through simple things we can do every day. This podcast is for anyone who likes animals and wants to help make the world a better place for them, and for us too. You’ll learn cool things about the animals around you from her own and other scientists’ research. She’ll also give tips for other scientists to succeed (that really ANYONE can use), strategies for effective science communication, and how she gained the confidence to become a fancy scientist. Hit subscribe and let’s change the world!

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Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, the Fancy Scientist, is a wildlife biologist who loves breaking stereotypes and talking about the natural world. In this podcast, she shares her knowledge of animals, experiences as a wildlife biologist, and simple lifestyle choices you can make to conserve nature. Her 17 years in wildlife biology taught her that science alone cannot save species. We need to take collective action through simple things we can do every day. This podcast is for anyone who likes animals and wants to help make the world a better place for them, and for us too. You’ll learn cool things about the animals around you from her own and other scientists’ research. She’ll also give tips for other scientists to succeed (that really ANYONE can use), strategies for effective science communication, and how she gained the confidence to become a fancy scientist. Hit subscribe and let’s change the world!

    Going Zero Waste with Alexa Smith

    Going Zero Waste with Alexa Smith

    When I scroll through my Pinterest home feed, zero waste is a common word that comes up among eco-friendly bloggers. I always wanted to try it, but producing no waste seemed so hard! I was really intimidated by the challenge and felt like I needed help.

    So when Alexa Smith, author of An Economic Eclipse, reached out to me to talk all about zero waste, I was definitely on board.

    In this episode, I interview Alexa Smith all about what it means to be zero waste – and it’s not as intense as you think it is. She breaks it down for you in easy to understand terms and like me, she believes progress is better than perfection.

    Alexa is only 20 years old and already wrote a book on the subject! If you ever feel depressed about environmental and climate issues, turn to people like Alexa. Young people like her inspire me to keep going and show me that so many of us really do care.

    Specifically, we talk about:

    * What is zero waste
    * Why Alexa decided to go zero waste
    * How you can get started going zero waste:
    * The biggest thing you can do
    * The easiest thing to do
    * What is a circular economy
    * How Alexa was inspired to and wrote a book (and in only 9 months too!)
    * What corporations are doing to tackle the waste problem
    * and MORE!

    Alexa inspired me to try zero waste at the more extreme level. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss future episodes about my journey.

    For full show notes click here ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/64-going-zero-waste-with-alexa-smith/ ).

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 40 min
    Corporations and Climate Change with Lavaniya Das

    Corporations and Climate Change with Lavaniya Das

    Through my 17 years in research, one of the biggest lessons I learned is that science alone cannot solve the biodiversity crisis. We need people to care and to change their behaviors.

    People tend to view corporations as the enemy of conservation – and with good reason, they pollute, cause deforestation, and destroy habitats. But the truth is, we need to work with them if we want to solve this problem due to their large impact.

    Therefore, when Lavaniya Das reached out to me to discuss how corporations view climate change and what they are doing about it, I was eager to speak to her.

    Lavaniya is a marketing professional with ten years of experience across Entertainment, eSports, SaaS, Telecommunications, B2B and B2C marketing, and now Renewable Energy and Venture Capital. She has in-depth knowledge and a solid understanding of the digital side of content creation and how it can be used in marketing from direct marketing to social media to building sales pipeline.

    We talk about much more than just corporations and climate change – from the future of plastics to marketing conservation and urban London foxes. Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation where the world of science merges with marketing and corporations.

    For full show notes click here ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/63-corporations-and-climate-change-with-lavaniya-das/ ).

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 54 min
    Getting a Job in Science Communication

    Getting a Job in Science Communication

    When I was in graduate school, everyone was talking about how if you didn’t want to go into research, you could get a job in science communication – like it was something you could just easily do.

    But when I was officially on the job market, I didn’t see a ton of science communication jobs posted. And when I did, I found out that employers wanted communications professionals interested in science rather than science professionals with a social media presence.

    Also a lot of people don’t realize that most science communicators are freelance, so they don’t have permanent jobs.

    In this episode, I talk all about my experience attempting to get a job in science communication and how I eventually decided to do it on my own.

    You’ll learn about the ways that you can start your own business in science communication and the major ways you can make money doing it.

    Follow my journey into this crazy career I am creating.

    For full show notes click here ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-science-communication/ )

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 34 min
    Handling the Haters in Science Communication

    Handling the Haters in Science Communication

    I was recently featured on an Instagram live hosted by @shine.science and I was asked the question, “How do you handle negative comments on social media?” I had such a long answer that I thought it would make an excellent podcast episode!

    I’ve been putting myself out there (and by there I mean the Internet) since about 2010 when I started a professional Twitter account and blog. Eleven years later (where has the time gone??) I am still here and in the last few years I’ve put myself even out there more with the creation of a YouTube channel and this podcast.

    No matter how amazing you are, you will receive some negative comments if you do science communication. In this episode, I talk specifically about how I handle my negative comments and what you should expect if you put yourself out there just as much as me.

    Specifically I talk about and cover:

    * What is science communication and why in the world would a scientist choose to do it?
    * Why I choose to do science communication and why it’s important
    * What scientists are scared of if they were to put themselves out there
    * A summary of my experience with negative comments and my categorization of comments: Trolling,
    * negative, but informative, and disagreements
    * All of the tools, techniques, and thoughts I use to deal with these comments such as:
    * Reprogramming my brain using neuroscience
    * Putting things in perspective and changing the meaning of comments
    * How to immediately disarm nasty comments
    * Why getting haters is a good thing
    * Evaluating myself: Am I doing anything to attract negative comments?
    * Use my comments as sources of material for content creation
    * Creating a happy folder
    * Visualizations that help me
    * AND MORE!

    For full show notes click here ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/61-handling-the-haters/ ).

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 44 min
    Sustainable Seafood with Jackie Marks

    Sustainable Seafood with Jackie Marks

    What you eat has a huge impact on wildlife and that’s true for the ocean too. Commercial fishing can have large-scale negative impacts on dolphins, turtles, and whole ecosystems. Overfishing can endanger the species that is fished affecting ecosystems and our food availability.

    Some people advocate for stopping to eat seafood all together, but this may not be the best option for us and sea life. A better option is sustainable seafood – but what is this? And how do you know what to buy?

    I invited Jackie Marks of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to the podcast to talk about everything sustainable seafood. I’ve been looking for the MSC logo every time I buy fish for the past few years now. In this podcast we talk about what that certification represents.

    Specifically we talk about:

    * What is sustainable seafood? How does it differ from regular seafood? Is there such a thing as sustainable fishing or it is a myth?
    * What is the Marine Stewardship Council? How do companies earn the certification on their products? What does it mean to be certified?
    * Do we still need to buy dolphin safe tuna? How is MSC different than dolphin safe?
    * Should people go completely vegan/vegetarian? What would be the consequences of that?
    * Are there specific species we should avoid? General recommendations when ordering seafood?
    * What did Seaspiracy get wrong? And what did they get right? How did they misrepresent the MSC?
    * and MORE!

    Remember, when it comes to change, he key is to always move towards progress – not perfection. It is way better to have lots of people taking action imperfectly than few people getting it all right.

    For full show notes click here ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/60-sustainable-seafood-with-jackie-marks/ ).

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    I go live in my Facebook group every other Sunday at 7 PM EST to answer a wildlife biology question. Join me! https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 48 min
    Garden for Wildlife with David Mizejewski

    Garden for Wildlife with David Mizejewski

    Do you have a backyard? Front yard? Balcony? Access to a rooftop? Then you can help wildlife!

    I invited naturalist David Mizejewski on the podcast to talk about how you can make your yard, balcony, or whatever you have access to more wildlife friendly. David is an author, TV host, and naturalist who works for the National Wildlife Federation spreading messages about conservation in your own backyard. He’s worked for the National Wildlife Federation for 21 years, where they’ve been promoting backyard habitat since he 1970s.

    I’ve talked about backyard habitat before on the podcast, but David goes into much more detail. I am not a plant person and David talks about the importance of building the foundation using native plants. You’ll learn how to restore habitat in your yard one native plant at a time.

    Are you overwhelmed like me? David has you covered with plenty of resources to make landscaping with native plants easy.

    Specifically we talk about:

    * What can people do to make their yards friendlier towards all kinds of wildlife?
    * What can you do if you have a small backyard? Or no yard? Can you still help out native wildlife?
    * How backyard habitats help out wildlife and what kinds of wildlife
    * Where can you get native plants from? What kinds of native plants should you plant?
    * Where can you go for help if you don’t know what species to plant?
    * Should we stop feeding the birds? What is the best way to support birds in your backyard?
    * What should people stop doing to make their yards friendlier to wildlife?
    * and MORE!

    For full show notes click here.

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ ( https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    I go live in my Facebook group every other Sunday at 7 PM EST to answer a wildlife biology question. Join me! https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

KGLeung ,

We need this podcast!

Finally have time to listen to this podcast! Communication on wildlife and the environment as a whole is super important these days, especially when reaching out to lay audiences worldwide. This podcast is doing just that in dispelling any myths and misconceptions about wildlife.

flipflopjimmy ,

Great podcast, even for a non-scientist

So far I’ve listened to animal selfies and see a snake. I like how Stephanie breaks down the topic from a scientific way, adds in her own beliefs, talks about what she’s learned along the way (which may mean she’s changed her behavior), and makes it easy enough for someone who just cares about animals to hear a great topic and learn at the same time.
Thanks!

Alexia (@ The Liberated Mommy) ,

Such a needed topic!

Gah! I’ve been wanting a podcast about this for so long! Hearing of ways we can all contribute to the conservation of nature in a meaningful way is huge. If you hear about all the crazy stuff happening to animals but don’t know how to really make a difference, then this podcast is for you. Thanks for this podcast and sharing this info with the world.

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