The Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Podcast (the Beepcast)
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hannah)
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Want to discover more about how animals navigate their environment, find food, court mates and raise young? Then subscribe to the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Podcast: The Beepcast! Every month Dr. Hannah Rowland of Cambridge University & ZSL brings you the newest, most fascinating research on the evolved behaviour of animals. Featuring interviews with emerging and established experts in animal behaviour from all over the world.
||CleanOct 17: Iain Couzin's Scientific Spark, why do deer in Japan bow, and why are some plant nectars bitter?||This month I meet some very polite deer who have a special way of asking for food. I discover why some plant nectars contain poisonous toxins. And in the scientific spark, I talk to Iain Couzin from…||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSept 2015: Kate Umbers, burying beetle parental care, and tasteless monkey thieves||This month I find out that animals should be careful when choosing a mate, picking a partner that matches them in quality, else they might face an early grave! I discover that a mutation in a taste…||12/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAug 2015: ZSL Scientist Patricia Brekke, polar bear welfare at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and self-medicating ants||This month I hear how a wildlife park in Yorkshire is providing the perfect retirement setting for an old polar bear. I discover that social insects make trips to natures pharmacy to fight…||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 2015: Johan Nilson, sea ducks, and horse facial expressions||This month I find out about sea ducks who enjoy a rather sophisticated fast food diet of mussels. I discover that horses horse around with lots of different facial expressions. And in the scientific…||9/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 2015: Lucy Nash from OUP, Dottybacks change colour to hide from prey, and moths that slow their brains down||In this episode I discover that some species of coral reef fish change colour, and they do this to grab a sneaky meal! I also find out how moths find flowers in the dark. And in the scientific spark…||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMay 2015: Marie Herbenstein, deception and disguise of orchid mantis and owl butterflies with @jamohanlon @JohannaMappes and @SebaDeBona||This month I’m joined by special guest James O’Hanlon from the Australian museum in Sydney for a deception and disguise special. James tells me about his PhD research on mantids that trick bees by mi…||6/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApril 2015: Tristram Wyatt, the hormonal bond between humans and their dogs, and predator-prey flight and fight behaviour||This month I discover what black field crickets do when predatory lizards get too close. I find out how humans bond with their canine chums. In the Scientific spark I talk to Tristram Wyatt, from…||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarch 2015: Shaun Killen, animal personality, and guppy food preferences||This month, I discover that a preference for a particular colour of food can be heritable, and I also have a chat with Niels Dingemanse from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology about how you…||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeb 2015: Damien Farine, penguins who can't taste, and shiny tree swallows||This month, I find out that penguins can’t tell the difference between savoury and sweet. I also chat with Sonia Van Wijk from The Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, about what makes a male …||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJan 2015: Niels Dingemanse, animal arithmetic, and smooth billed ani alarm calls||This month, animal arithmetic from a research group in Italy who investigated how chickens order numbers – I put Naked Scientist Graihagh Jackson through her paces. Also in the episode, Leanne G…||3/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDec 2014: Innes Cuthill, tropical lizard leaf mimicry, and bird infrasound||Professor Innes Cuthill from the University of Bristol describes his Scientific Spark. Danielle Klomp from the University of New South Wales, tells me about two populations of gliding lizard that…||1/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNov 2014: The Wiltschkos and magnetic navigation in birds||A sensory ecology bonanza! Professor Wolfgang and Roswita Wiltschko, the husband and wife team who were the first to show that birds have a magnetic sense and use the earth’s magnetic field to o…||12/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOct 2014: Ben Sheldon, rock goby camouflage, and lizard imitation||Professor Ben Sheldon, who is the Luc Hoffman Chair of field ornithology and director of the Edward Grey Institute of field ornithology at the University of Oxford tells me what sparked his interest…||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSept 2014: Leigh Simmons, stickleback personality, and caterpillars with hats||Dieter Hochuli from the University of Sydney, tells me what life’s like for a caterpillar, and how one has evolved a cool mechanism to avoid being attacked. I find out how personality might i…||10/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAug 2014: Marlene Zuk, hummingbird taste perception, and magpie thieves||In this 1st birthday episode, I find out about some more avian criminals of the animal kingdom. I learn that most birds can’t taste sugar, but hummingbirds can, and I learn how. And in the S…||9/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 2014: Isabella Rossellini and mammas, spider mimicry, and secret communication in horses||This month over 1000 scientists flocked to New York’s Hunter College to attend the meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology or ISBE. In the coming months I will be featuring i…||8/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 2014: Robert Hinde, and an antipredator defence special||Professor Robert Hinde, the Emeritus Royal Society Research Professor of Zoology at the University of Cambridge is this month's Scientific Spark. Robert talks about the early days of ornithology…||7/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMay 2014: Neil Metcalfe, ZSL's hihi, and cuckoo - hawk mimicry||This month, the masters of disguise: I find out about an animal that can mimic two different species, for two entirely different reasons. I learn about a colourful bird from New Zealand called the…||6/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApril 2014: David Sherry and marsh t**s, zebra stripes, and Arabian babblers||David Sherry from the Western University in Canada tells me what inspired him to study the hoarding behavior of birds, in the Scientific Spark. Oded Keynan explains the benefits to having offspring…||5/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarch 2014: Temple Grandin, autism, weaver birds, and tadpole social learning||The social lives of animals is this month's theme. I talk to Damien Farine from the Edward Grey Institute at Oxford University, who tells me how weaver birds decide how many house mates they want to…||3/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeb 2014: Kirsty MacLeod and meerkats, birds and airplanes, and New Zealand conservation with James Russell||Meerkats may look cute and cuddly, but this month, Kirsty MacLeod from Cambridge University tells me that for some, life isn’t as picture perfect as it seems. I find out about the US Department of A…||2/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJan 2014: Lesley Morrell, prairie dogs, and stinky parrots||This month, I speak to Milla Mihailova from Deakin University in Australia, who tells me about parrots with a particularly pungent stench. I get up close and personal with some black tailed prairie…||1/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDec 2013: Steve Jones, slime mold, and spiders that mimic ants||This month, we leave backbones behind, for an invertebrate and protist special. I speak to Chris Reid from the the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, USA, about an ancient single cell…||12/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNov 2013: Nicky Clayton and clever crows, and mice that eat scorpions||Nicky Clayton joins me in this month's Beepcast, telling me what sparked her interest in bird intelligence, and how she mixes science with the art of dance. I learn about…||11/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOct 2013: Tim Birkhead, barn swallows, and coal t**s who hide seeds||In October's BEEPcast Tim Birkhead tells me what ignited his interest in ornithology and sexual selection. I explore why male barn swallows don't act their age when courting females. In the third of…||10/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSept 2013: Amy Cuddy and power posing, honeyguides, and bower bird cognition||Amy Cuddy joins me in this month's Beepcast, telling me what ignited her interest in how people judge and influence each other. I explore the darker side of bird…||9/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAug 2013: Louise Barrett, peacock eye tracking, and caterpillar eyespots||In the first episode I dig into peahen perception to find out what they look for in their ideal mate. I'll also present the first of a series of interviews from the Behaviour 2013 conference. I…||8/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
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