18 episodes

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!

    Starting a SciComm Business with Chris Cloney

    Starting a SciComm Business with Chris Cloney

    On this episode, I interviewed Dr. Chris Cloney ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-cloney/?originalSubdomain=ca ) , a combustible dust fire and explosion researcher who created a six-figure online business from his blog.

    My podcast tends to focus on wildlife and conservation, so why am I interviewing an explosion researcher? Because Chris is amazing at science communication and all of the principles behind Dust Safety Science, GradBlogger, and now the Self Tenure Community can help you spread messages of conservation and even make a living from them.

    Successful messaging and education are the key to conservation. We cannot separate all wildlife from humans, and even if we could, our impact on the planet (e.g. climate change) would still affect wildlife populations. So much of conservation is about changing human behaviors.

    More specifically, we’ll talk about:

    * How Chris makes tens of thousands of dollars each month with one of his blogs
    * How to turn your blog into a business
    * Science communication in general
    * Blogging vs social media
    * What to blog about
    * Overcoming publishing nerves
    * Handling negative comments from the Internet
    * and MORE!

    Full show notes here: https://stephanieschuttler.com/starting-a-scicomm-business-with-chris-cloney/ ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/starting-a-scicomm-business-with-chris-cloney/ )

    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/

    • 52 min
    What is Science Really? And the Need to Communicate

    What is Science Really? And the Need to Communicate

    Within the past decade, there have been several prominent issues where the public has showed distrust in science and the scientists behind the studies: climate change, evolution, vaccines, and now COVID-19 and wearing masks.

    This week on the podcast, I talk about what science actually is. We’re taught in school that science is about memorizing facts or taxonomic names (at least in biology). But science is really about asking and answering questions!

    These questions, and the studies attempting to answer them aren’t done in isolation. As a scientist, it’s incredibly difficult to fabricate data or come up to erroneous conclusions and get away with it. Science is full of checks and balances, and while it is always evolving, there are definitely well-studied areas of research where the results are clear and there is a consensus among scientists.

    But this is only half the work. Or maybe even less than half. Without the public understanding the science, our work doesn’t mean much. For example, we have lots of studies and climate scientists agree that humans are causing climate change at an accelerated rate, yet if the public and government officials don’t trust those studies or the scientists, we won’t be able to implement changes to mitigate the impacts. Therefore science communication is of utmost importance.

    In the second half of this podcast, I transition into how scientists are communicating their research and how I am shifting to a new career entirely dedicated to science communication.

    Most scientists think you can only work as a science communicator for an organization, but I’m sharing how I’m doing it with my blog. Next week, I talk to Chris Cloney, who has made an entire business out of science communication.

    In this podcast, I:

    * Take you through what it’s like to conduct a scientific study
    * How scientists check each other’s work
    * How studies are published in journal
    * Why scientists are communicating their science
    * How scientists can be communicators
    * My transition into a career in science communication and how you can do the same.

    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/

    Full show notes here: https://stephanieschuttler.com/what-science-is-really-like-and-careers-in-science-communication/

    • 38 min
    Career and YouTube Advice with Wildlife Biologist Kristina Lynn

    Career and YouTube Advice with Wildlife Biologist Kristina Lynn

    In today’s episode, I interview wildlife biologist and YouTuber Kristina Lynn on what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist and her success going viral on YouTube. She offers lots of great career tips and fun stories.

    Kristina has a degree in ecology, animal behavior, and evolution. Her research includes many projects on understanding and assessing the influence of human development on wildlife species. Some of her current and past study species include grey wolf, cougars, Canada lynx, grizzly bear, and black bear.

    Her research experience spans from California to the Bolivian Amazon to up north in western Canada. She has worked for the state and federal government, and in animal sanctuaries.

    Kristina is passionate about conservation and encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle on her YouTube channel. She has a lot of videos for advice on careers in wildlife biology and even shows you what a day in the life is like.

    Full show notes here with all of links to Kristina's YouTube and social media: https://stephanieschuttler.com/15-career-and-youtube-advice-with-wildlife-biologist-kristina-lynn/

    • 42 min
    7 Steps to Find Your Wildlife Career Path and Become Competitive for the Job You Want

    7 Steps to Find Your Wildlife Career Path and Become Competitive for the Job You Want

    This is a bonus episode! I recorded a webinar on Monday night to talk about my new Confusion to Clarity beta group. I realized that I had a Zoom audio file too and thought it would be a good addition to the podcast because even if you don't join my group, it has valuable advice for those interested in careers in wildlife biology.

    When I looked for jobs after my PhD, I found out I was overqualified, yet not specialized enough for some of the jobs I wanted most.

    My network didn’t help. In four cases, I did not get jobs that I interviewed for despite knowing working with someone on the hiring committee another candidate had more experience or a skill I did not have.

    I LOVED my PhD research on elephants, but when I graduated, I found out there were very few jobs I was qualified for.

    The secret to success in wildlife biology careers is to reverse engineer them.

    In this episode, I go over 7 steps that I believe are essential for you to become competitive and find happiness. Enjoy!

    • 44 min
    Bats are the Best! Bat Fun with Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens

    Bats are the Best! Bat Fun with Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens

    Every day in the summer summer around dusk, I would look up above and see bats flying above my yard. I love bats, but so many people don’t. But bats are SO COOL!

    In this episode I talk with my friend and bat biologist Lisa Gatens of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She’s been studying bats for about 20 years. In this interview, she tells us some amazing bat facts as well as tips on how to live alongside and help out bats.

    Specifically we go over…

    * Fun bat facts
    * Bat moms are bad ass
    * Tequila!
    * Vampire bats
    * Bat diversity
    * Why bats are important
    * What bats do for people
    * How to attract bats to your yard
    * Why do bats need our help?
    * What should you do if you have a bat in your house
    * Bats and disease
    * Bats and COVID-19
    * Bats are cute
    * And MORE!

    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/

    Full show notes: https://stephanieschuttler.com/bats-are-the-best-bat-fun-with-bat-biologist-lisa-gatens/ ( https://stephanieschuttler.com/bats-are-the-best-bat-fun-with-bat-biologist-lisa-gatens/ )

    • 55 min
    Has Poaching Decreased for Elephants?

    Has Poaching Decreased for Elephants?

    Elephants are sought after for their ivory, which comes from their tusks. In most countries, it is illegal, but this has’t stopped people from killing them.

    Elephant poaching was at its highest ever within the past two decades. But some studies are reporting that poaching decreased.

    However, a new study contradicts this overall narrative; that poaching has decreased for elephants. Previous studies didn’t account for missing data and when you look at the geographic regions, it’s a lot more complicated.

    In this episode, I talk about what’s really going on with elephants and poaching. I studied forest elephants for my Ph.D., so this is a topic near and dear to my heart.

    In this podcast, I’ll cover:

    * The 3 species of elephant and their different threats
    * Poaching in Africa
    * How species designations affect the conservation of African elephants
    * Is poaching really decreasing?
    * Why do studies show conflicting results?
    * What you can do to help the conservation of elephants

    Full show notes here: https://stephanieschuttler.com/has-poaching-decreased-for-elephants/

    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/

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7KlOYUv8lxU3MG4sfxaLzA?

    • 37 min

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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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