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If it lacks a backbone, we're interested. In this podcast, we're exploring the world of invertebrates, discovering the amazing lives they lead, and thinking carefully about our relationhips with these much-maligned creatures. With the help of experts, we are lifting stones, peering into the water and grubbing in the filth.

Grubbing In The Filth: An Invertebrate Podcast Grubbing In The Filth

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

If it lacks a backbone, we're interested. In this podcast, we're exploring the world of invertebrates, discovering the amazing lives they lead, and thinking carefully about our relationhips with these much-maligned creatures. With the help of experts, we are lifting stones, peering into the water and grubbing in the filth.

    Insect Flight with Abbey Hayes

    Insect Flight with Abbey Hayes

    Today, its time for a lofty subject, as it were: Tom is joined by Abbey Hayes to discuss the original (and best?) form of flight: insect flight. We’ll  be delving into millenia-long developments, and considering wild unknowns. We'll speculate, exploring genetics and molecular tools, as well as settling big questions like 'who's got the best wings?'. Join us, for a thorough and exciting look at this incredible subject. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Monarch Butterfly with Richard Rachman

    The Monarch Butterfly with Richard Rachman

    Alert! Alert! This is a time sensitive episode! The new year monarch count is nearly upon us, and if you want to get involved, now is the time!www.westernmonarchcount.orgWhether or not you are geographically able to count the monarch, I'm sure you'd love to learn more about one of our most charismatic invertebrates. The monarch butterfly is a migratory butterfly; well-documented, and surely one of the public-facing wonders of the insect world. In this episode, we learn all about the mona...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Spiders of Alvars with Jillian Suh Kurovski-Legris

    Spiders of Alvars with Jillian Suh Kurovski-Legris

    What on earth's an alvar?In this episode, you can discover precisely what an alvar is, and learn about the spiders that live there. We consider what it means to study a place with reference to animals, and vice versa. Jillian Suh Kurovski-Legris joins Tom to share her alvar expertise, rhapsodise about spiders, and consider the challenges and pleasures of studying the small and oft-ignored.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jellyfish with Bailey Steinworth

    Jellyfish with Bailey Steinworth

    Whats going on with these jellyfish then? What are they, and what are they up to? In this episode, Tom is joined by jellyfish scientist Bailey Steinworth to wrestle with the challenge of the jellyfish. How much sense can we make of a gelatinous and translucent animal? What is it doing, why is it doing it, and what does it feel like to live the jellyfish lifestyle? We discuss all things jellyfish, and touch on the judgements and hierarchies that we foist upon the natural world, as well a...

    • 51 min
    Moss Safari with Andy Chandler-Grevatt

    Moss Safari with Andy Chandler-Grevatt

    Microscropic laughs are lurking in the green. Come and discover tardigrades, rotifers, nematodes and more with Andy Chandler-Grevatt, educator and man-of-moss. We discover 'the big 5' of the moss world, think about life at a wholly different scale and sit in a gentle awe as we consider quite how much is going io, close at hand yet out of sight. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Learning About Invertebrates with Ellen Weatherford

    Learning About Invertebrates with Ellen Weatherford

    In this episode, we look at how our attitudes towards invertebrates can change. Tom is joined by podcaster Ellen Weatherford from Just The Zoo Of Us to examine what it means to learn about invertebrate life, and how that process of learning changes our outlook on the world at large. What does it take to become an invertebrate fan in adulthood? And what changes in your parenting as your feelings our scuttling pals changes? All this, plus Tom mentions Army Men for the PS1 as part of a broader d...

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

anna paints ,

Love this podcast!

Post a link to your kofi or patreon so we can donate! I so much appreciate this podcast ❤️❤️❤️ Informative and engaging

Elinor W. ,

The beauty of ‘filthy’ creatures

This loving paean to the world of invertebrates is a gem among podcasts! Tom’s gentle voice and deep emotional attachment to and curiosity about spiders, flies and molluscs makes his discussions with fellow enthusiasts a joy to listen to. I love the speculation about the life experience of these beings, and their relation to the skewed human perspective that labels them inferior. And the episode on cockroaches with Dr. Babits is an absolute treat!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ,

The podcast I’ve been hoping for.

What I love most is the host’s attitude toward invertebrates, it’s clear he has an in-depth understanding of them, but the show doesn’t feel overly science-y, it’s still accessible to the casual bug lover. It’s also not too anecdotal or sensational. The host is very good about not anthropomorphizing animals, and presents information in a way that assumes the listener is at least somewhat educated.

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