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The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!

The Wild Life The Wild Life

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The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!

    Dragonflies and Damselflies with Dr Jessica L Ware

    Dragonflies and Damselflies with Dr Jessica L Ware

    Dragonflies and Damselflies have been on our planet for millions of years. They're embedded in our art, culture, stories, and even our skin as a popular tattoo subject.
    They also live amazing lives.
    Join us for a deep dive on dragonfly lives with Dr Jessica L Ware
    https://thewildlife.blog/2019/07/11/the-dragonhunter/ (Blog Post on Dragonhunters)
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    Dr Ware's Must-Read Book Picks:
    https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Dragonflies-Natural-Cultural-Personal/dp/0810142309 (Chasing Dragonflies)
    https://www.amazon.com/Dragonflies-Damselflies-Princeton-Field-Guides/dp/0691122830/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=dennis+paulson+dragonflies+of+eastandqid=1620823252ands=booksandsr=1-1 (Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East)
    https://www.amazon.com/Utterly-Bugged-Ken-Tennessen-ebook/dp/B00KYT3ZKY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1andkeywords=ken+tennessenandqid=1620823371ands=booksandsr=1-2 (Utterly Bugged)

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Dr Jessica L Ware

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Dr Jessica L Ware

    Meet this week's guest before the episode airs, Dr Jessica L Ware, assistant curator in invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History.
    Dr. Ware’s research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and physiological adaptations in insects, with an emphasis on how these occur in Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and Dictyoptera (termites, cockroaches and mantises). Her research group focuses on phylogenetics/phylogenomics and uses these tools to inform their work on reproductive, social and flight behaviors in insects. Jessica holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and a PhD from Rutgers, New Brunswick. She was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the AMNH 2008-2010, before being hired at Rutgers Newark where she was an associate professor of evolutionary biology. She is the current president of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association, and serves as an elected board member on the executive committee of the Entomological Society of America Governing Board. She was recently awarded a PECASE medal from the US government for her work on insect evolution.
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    Dr Ware's Must-Read Book Picks:
    https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Dragonflies-Natural-Cultural-Personal/dp/0810142309 (Chasing Dragonflies)
    https://www.amazon.com/Dragonflies-Damselflies-Princeton-Field-Guides/dp/0691122830/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=dennis+paulson+dragonflies+of+eastandqid=1620823252ands=booksandsr=1-1 (Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East)
    https://www.amazon.com/Utterly-Bugged-Ken-Tennessen-ebook/dp/B00KYT3ZKY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1andkeywords=ken+tennessenandqid=1620823371ands=booksandsr=1-2 (Utterly Bugged)

    Nature's Pooper Scooper (Dung Beetles!) with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Nature's Pooper Scooper (Dung Beetles!) with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Before you read what this episode is about, we have an ask. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whichever platform you are using to listen, please consider leaving us a rating and review. Aside from the feedback being helpful to shape our work, it also increases our visibility and helps to grow our community and organization. Plus you'll forever be our favorite listener!
    Professor Marcus Byrne teaches us about the fantastical and unexpected world of dung beetles, their ecological importance, their connections to human culture and history, and how this lowly creature finds its way home by looking to the stars.
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    Marcus Byrne's Book Picks:
    https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Dung-Beetles-Their-Changing/dp/B08MHYLMXC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Dance+of+the+Dung+Beetlesandqid=1620065954andsr=8-1 (Dance of the Dung Beetle: Their Role in Our Changing World)
    https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Lewis-Dartnell-audiobook/dp/B07QZZQXB4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1IDUY4RD4JXQ4anddchild=1andkeywords=origins+how+earth%27s+history+shaped+human+historyandqid=1620066027ands=audibleandsprefix=origins%2Caudible%2C214andsr=1-1 (Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History)
    https://www.amazon.com/Enlightenment-Now-Steven-Pinker-audiobook/dp/B075F8M2MC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CQ2DBHJ1C4FXanddchild=1andkeywords=enlightenment+nowandqid=1620066069ands=audibleandsprefix=enlighten%2Caudible%2C196andsr=1-1 (Enlightenment Now)

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Get to know this week's guest before the episode drops!
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    Us: Can the Market Save the World?

    Us: Can the Market Save the World?

    Welcome to part two in an ongoing series examining our connections and impact on the environment, sustainability, and our changing climate.
    https://thewildlife.blog/2021/03/31/the-problem-with-overpopulation-scarcity/ (Part 1) through roughly 9 will focus on laying the groundwork for understanding these complicated issues from a variety of perspectives, while parts 10 through 20 or so will place the first half into real-world context, examining issues and controversies surrounding Deforestation, Overfishing, Recycling, and E-Waste.
    Today we ask, if economic systems are the primary producers of environmental problems, can they also be expected to solve those problems?
    Read the episode transcript here: https://thewildlife.blog/2021/04/23/can-the-market-save-the-world/
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    Poop Cubed with Patricia Yang

    Poop Cubed with Patricia Yang

    In this episode, we finally learn the answer to why wombats have cubed poop, learn how all of us mammals are bonded by our bowels, find out about something called the Law of Urination, and learn that we are in deep doo-doo as we discover the Global Feces Problem.
    Patricia Yang is a postdoc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she is studying the collective behavior of birds. Before coming to Stanford, she completed doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology on the fluid mechanics of body fluids, in particular, blood, feces, and urine. She received bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering (ESOE) and Physics from National Taiwan University.
    Yang was the recipient of the Sigma Xi Best Thesis award and the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics. Her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and The Times. In addition to conducting research, she teaches fluid mechanics at all levels, from elementary school to college.
    https://www.patriciayang.net/ (https://www.patriciayang.net/)
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    Patricia's book recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/How-Walk-Water-Climb-Walls/dp/0691169861 (How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls)

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