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Scientists are more than just their science. Science communication should be too! The W.E.E. Podcast will highlight awesome women in ecology and evolution - their research, their experiences, and their passions. Science is personal - get to know us! Each month I'll have conversations with women I admire, getting deep into the science they love, as well as what makes them tick outside the day job - and everything in between. We'll get into imposter syndrome, work-life balance, politics, and the joy of finding field pants with pockets. What else? Let us know!

The Women in Ecology and Evolution Podcast Dr Kirsty MacLeod

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Scientists are more than just their science. Science communication should be too! The W.E.E. Podcast will highlight awesome women in ecology and evolution - their research, their experiences, and their passions. Science is personal - get to know us! Each month I'll have conversations with women I admire, getting deep into the science they love, as well as what makes them tick outside the day job - and everything in between. We'll get into imposter syndrome, work-life balance, politics, and the joy of finding field pants with pockets. What else? Let us know!

    Plants and Fossils and Primates Oh My!

    Plants and Fossils and Primates Oh My!

    In this episode I'm talking to Professor Nokwanda (Nox) Makunga about her fascinating research on medicinal plants and indigenous knowledge in the Cape region of South Africa. Today's paper in focus comes from Elisa Fernández Fueyo - an insightful comparative study looking at behaviour after infant loss in primates (content warning: if infant loss is a topic you'd rather skip, after my conversation with Nox, skip to 26:00). Lastly, I'm joined by two of the authors of a new study showing how colonial history and its effect on global economics influences our understanding of biodiversity through the fossil record - fascinating stuff! That's with returning guest Nussaïbah Raja Schoob, and Dr Devapriya Chattopadhyay.
    Remember that I've dropped the dedicated email address - you can still contact me via the socials @the_wee_podcast.

    Links and resources:
    Twitter handles: @noxthelion @elisaffueyo @mauritiantales @Devapriya_ChatPaper: Colonial history and global economics distort our understanding of deep-time biodiversityPaper in Focus: Why do some primate mothers carry their infant's corpse? A cross-species comparative study

    • 49 min
    Rejection is the Rule

    Rejection is the Rule

    Happy midsummer! Bringing you a cheerful episode - honest! - even though we broach a tough topic that we're all familiar with: rejection with a capital R. It seems like an unavoidable part of the academic and scientific life (and beyond), so I brought together a great group to talk through how we deal with it when it inevitably comes. My main guest today is Dr Elizabeth Carlen - as well as rejection, we talked about her work on urbanisation ecology! The two amazing guests joining Liz and I in the discussion are Dr Megan Petersdorf and Alexus Roberts. And the paper in focus this episode is such a cool one: everything you ever wanted to know about sperm morphology with Dr Ariel Karl (and possibly a little bit more 😂). Please note I'm dropping the dedicated email address at the end of this month! You can still contact me via the socials @the_wee_podcast.

    Links and resources:
    Le Twitter handles: @E_Carlen @meganpetersdorf @Alexuss_Symone @arielkahrlDatabase of Sperm Morphology: https://spermtree.orgPaper in Focus: Fertilization mode drives sperm length evolution across the animal tree of life. 

    • 58 min
    The Case for Open Science

    The Case for Open Science

    Welcome back folks! My guest today is Dr Kate Laskowski, a behavioural ecologist and Amazon molly enthusiast - you will be the same once you've listened to our conversation about her research on individual differences in behaviour, and their consequences in ecology and evolution! We're joined by Dr Rebekah Oomen and Dr Hollie Marshall, who you'll recognise from S1 (always a pleasure!), to talk about open science - what it means to us, and how and why we practise it. The Paper in Focus this episode is from Dr Kristin Barker, on lost migrations.

    Paper in Focus: Toward a new framework for restoring lost wildlife migrations

    Links and Resources:
    British Ecological Society guide to producing reproducible codePaper feat Rebekah, "Preprinting is positively associated with early career researcher status in ecology and evolution"Twitter handles: @kristinjbarker, @KateLaskowski, @rebekahoomen, @MooHollGet in touch with me! Kirsty MacLeod, hello[at]theweepodcast.org

    • 55 min
    March Mammal Madness Special!

    March Mammal Madness Special!

    This month we are celebrating the 10th annual March Mammal Madness tournament! This fantastic and super fun initiative is a model for great science communication - and it was great to talk with founder Dr Katie Hinde and longtime participant Dr Alyson Brokaw about the history of the tournament and what makes it so special. Katie and I also talked about her other research projects - and we also have a great Paper in Focus this episode! Soil microbes and heavy metal accumulation in plants - fascinating stuff from Dr Priyanka Kushwaha. Link below!

    Paper in Focus: Soil microbial community and abiotic soil properties influence Zn and Cd hyperaccumulation differently in Arabidopsis halleri

    Links and resources:
    Everything you'll need to play March Mammal Madness! Follow hashtag #2022MMM and @2022MMMletsgo on TwitterE Life article by Katie, Alyson et al about narrative in scicommAlyson's websiteKatie's website and blogGet in touch with me! Kirsty MacLeod, hello[at]theweepodcast.org

    • 46 min
    W.E.E. are BACK!

    W.E.E. are BACK!

    The Women in Ecology and Evolution Podcast is back for season 2! Kicking off 2022 (belatedly) with a super fun episode, so strap in for more great guests and conversations about science and academia, and beyond. My guest today is Sneha Dharwadkar, a wildlife biologist and herpetologist from India, and currently a PhD candidate - we talk about her journey into research, parachute science, and starting a PhD in your thirties, and during a pandemic. We're joined by Lucy Harding and Dagmar der Weduwen to recap the highs and lows of 2021 with the Rant and Rave Wheel! The first Paper in Focus of the year is from Kelly Wuthrich, on facultative crypsis in a lizard.

    Paper in Focus: Rapid body color change provides lizards with facultative crypsis in the eyes of their avian predators

    Links and Resources:
    Sneha's article on Women in Herpetology (with S1E2 guest Dr Ashwini Mohan)Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises of India organisationScience and Sorcery on TwitchTwitter handles: @herpomania, @luce_harding, @DJWeduwen, @KellyLWuthrichGet in touch with me! Kirsty MacLeod, hello[at]theweepodcast.org

    • 52 min
    Season One Finale!

    Season One Finale!

    A whole year and 15 episodes later... what a ride for the first season of the Women in Ecology and Evolution Podcast. Thanks for listening! More great stuff for you today. Dr Kristal Cain from the University of Auckland talks to me about her research and why it's important to test things we assume to be true! We're joined by Dr Dareen Almojil, a molecular ecology postdoc based at NYU Abu Dhabi, and Tara-Lyn Camilleri Carter, an evolutionary ecology PhD student at Monash University, to talk about how we've coped with the last year in academia. IT'S BEEN WEIRD. Another great Paper in Focus this episode - Dr Emily Roycroft tells me about using museum specimens to learn more about extinctions in Australia. And a sneaky special feature this episode! Ally McGee, an undergrad at the University of Scranton, tells me about her app designed to track balloon pollution. Download it and contribute to her project! Link below - as well as everything else we've discussed this episode.

    I'll be taking a brief hiatus to enjoy a belated late summer break, and a honeymoon! I'll be back later in the year with more great guests and features.  As always, this episode has been hosted by me, Kirsty MacLeod. Drop me a line anytime: hello[at]theweepodcast.org

    Links and info:
    Kristal's lab webpageDareen's webpageTara's webpageMuthalath - platform connecting scientists in the Arabian peninsulaGraduate Women Victoria - Serving and Empowering Women through Education and AdvocacyPaper in Focus: Museum genomics reveals the rapid decline and extinction of Australian rodents since European settlementall the links you'll need to download and use the F.L.O.A.T. app, or send in balloon sightings via social media/email! App; Facebook;  Twitter; email balloonpollution21@gmail.comYou can find out more about F.L.O.A.T. founder Ally McGee on Twitter!

    • 58 min

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This podcast is so relatable and comforting!

As an early career ecologist I have absolutely loved this podcast! Listening to others in my field talk about their experiences and research has been so relatable and made me feel a little less alone while I completed my masters degree in quarantine.

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Love this podcast! Kirsty is a great host who does a wonderful job covering the most interesting parts of being a scientist.

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