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Casual conversations between hosts (Matthew & Amy) and leading researchers in the field of animal behavior, merging science and stories. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Casual conversations between hosts (Matthew & Amy) and leading researchers in the field of animal behavior, merging science and stories. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Casual conversations between hosts (Matthew & Amy) and leading researchers in the field of animal behavior, merging science and stories. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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English


Episodes

S2E6 Karen Warkentin on Treefrogs, Phenotypic Plasticity, and Linking Gender & Sexuality Studies with Biology

7/11/2022
In this episode, Amy speaks with guest Karen Warkentin, a Professor of Biology and a Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University. They open by discussing the adaptive value of phenotypic plasticity, particularly at critical moments in complex life cycles. Then, they dig into the mechanisms underlying environmentally-cued hatching in red-eyed treefrogs (Agalychnis callidryas), and they talk about experimental approaches Karen has used to test hypotheses within this...

Duration:00:36:52

S2E5 Nora H. Prior on Social Interactions - Linking Brain and Behavior

6/27/2022
In this episode, Amy speaks with guest Nora H. Prior (@NhPrior), a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. They open by discussing the many types of social relationships that animals experience throughout their lives, and the impact that these diverse social interactions may have on the involved individuals. Then, they dig into the neuroscience underlying our understanding of different social behaviors and explore the value of linking neural...

Duration:00:40:00

S2E4 Jesse Goldberg on Neurobiology and Vocal Learning in Song Birds

6/13/2022
In this episode, Matthew speaks with Jesse Goldberg (@jesseGlab), Associate Professor and Robert R. Capranica Fellow in the neurobiology and behavior department at Cornell University. They first cover Jesse's perspectives on some basics of neurobiology-- what he identifies as a brain's function and the brain's role in creating predictions and controlling movement. They then discuss the role of dopamine in an animal's learning and discoveries that Jesse's lab has made regarding the role of...

Duration:00:52:39

S2E3 Swanne Gordon on Evolution of Polymorphism and Diversity in Biological Sciences

5/30/2022
In this episode, Matthew speaks with Swanne Gordon (@Swanne Gordon), Assistant Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. They talk about diversity in both nature and in the biological sciences. The research focus of the conversation focuses on Swanne's experimental and modeling work to understand polymorphism among aposematic wood tiger moths, and the surprising outcomes that positive density dependent selection can have, when combined with migration between...

Duration:00:49:16

S2E2 Tamra Mendelson on Signal Evolution and Processing Bias

5/16/2022
In this episode, Matthew speaks with Tamra Mendelson (@tamram), Professor of Biological Sciences at UMBC. They talk about Tamra's work studying sexual signal evolution. They discuss the processing bias hypothesis, with a focus on the importance of the ease of processing a signal on the receivers preference for signals. They talk about evidence that efficient processing has shaped human preferences for art and faces, and consider the implications of the same phenomenon in animal signal...

Duration:00:38:13

S2E1 Jenn Smith on Ground Squirrels, Female Leadership, and SLACs

5/2/2022
In this episode, Matthew speaks with Jenn Smith (@JennSmithSocBeh), associate professor of biology at Mills College. They talk about Jenn's work directing a long-term study of the social behavior of California ground squirrels, including the opportunities and risks presented by remote data collection technologies. They also discuss Jenn's work connecting animal behavior and sociological questions, such as the female leadership paradox and the inheritance of wealth and privilege. After the...

Duration:00:53:44

E10: Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy on Insect Colonies, Flexible Societies, and Diversity in STEM

10/25/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Amy speaks with Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy (@AvispaTica), a Research Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Biology at the University of Rochester. They discuss the selection pressures that favor the evolution of sociality, how brain architecture varies among individuals with different social roles, and brood parasitism in a social insect. Then, after the break they talk about tropical fieldwork, mentoring, and...

Duration:00:52:22

E09: Mike Ryan on A Taste for the Beautiful

10/11/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Matthew speaks with Mike Ryan, the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas as well as a senior research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Balboa, Panama. They focus their conversation around Mike's book, A Taste for the Beautiful. They discuss the túngara frog system in detail, as well as the sensory exploitation hypothesis. After the break they talk about some...

Duration:00:59:02

Supplemental Material: Mike Ryan

10/11/2021
Bonus content to accompany Episode 9. We recommend listening to the full episode with Mike first before listening to this bonus content. Let us know what you think about this new bonus format at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com

Duration:00:23:30

E08: Jeff Podos on Bird Beaks, Song Evolution, and Performance Constraints

9/28/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Amy speaks with Jeff Podos, a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a previous President of the Animal Behavior Society. They start out discussing how a diet of fruit can explain elaborate sexual ornamentation in animals. Then, we learn about Jeff's work on Darwin's finches in the Galápagos Islands. They also talk about what drives bellbirds to sing such piercingly loud songs. After the break, Amy and Jeff...

Duration:00:42:45

Supplemental Material: Dai Shizuka

9/13/2021
Bonus content to accompany Episode 7. We recommend listening to the full episode with Dai first before listening to this bonus content. Let us know what you think about this new bonus format at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com

Duration:00:22:07

E07: Dai Shizuka on Sociality and Space Use

9/13/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Matthew speaks with Dai Shizuka (@ShizukaLab), an associate professor in the school of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They start out by talking about social networks in humans and non-human animals. They discuss applying these techniques to non-model organisms, like the golden-crowned sparrows that Dai has studied. Then they talk about the relationship between space use and sociality, and the feedback between the two. After the...

Duration:00:45:53

E06: Eileen Hebets on Arachnid Sensory Systems, Extreme Mating Behavior, and Science Communication

8/30/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Amy speaks with Eileen Hebets (@hebets_lab), a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the current President of the Animal Behavior Society. They start out discussing sensory systems and the evolution of multimodal communication in arachnids. Then, we learn about sexual cannibalism and the evolution of this terminal investment strategy by males in many spider species. They also talk about Eileen's research...

Duration:00:45:04

Supplemental Material: Marcela Benítez

8/16/2021
Bonus content to accompany Episode 5. We recommend listening to the full episode with Marcela first before listening to this bonus content. Let us know what you think about this new bonus format at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com

Duration:00:24:45

E05: Marcela Benítez on Social Comparisons and Cognition in Non-human Primates

8/16/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Matthew speaks with Marcela Benítez (@mebenitez85), an assistant professor in the department of Anthropology at Emory University and co-director of the Capuchinos de Taboga research project. They start out by talking about social comparisons in humans and non-human primates. They discuss mutual assessment and Marcela's work exploring mutual assessment in geladas. Then they talk about non-human primate perceptions of inequity, its implications for...

Duration:00:49:43

E04: Ted Stankowich on Mammal Weaponry, Aposematic Coloration, and Museum Specimens

8/2/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Amy speaks with Ted Stankowich (@CSULBMammalLab), an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Biological Sciences at California State University Long Beach. They start out discussing the ecological conditions that favor extreme morphological traits such as armor and weaponry. Then, they talk about Ted’s research into mammal coloration, including the relationship between skunk stripes and their infamous spraying abilities. We also learn about Ted’s...

Duration:00:42:56

E03: Eleanor Caves on the Umwelt, Cleaner Shrimp, and Imposter Syndrome

7/19/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Matthew speaks with Eleanor Caves (@EleanorCaves), a Marie Curie fellow and soon-to-be assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara. They start out by talking about the concept of the umwelt and the importance of sensory ecology in understanding animal behavior. Then they talk about Eleanor's work exploring the signaling and sensory worlds of cleaner shrimp and their clients. After the break, they discuss work-life balance, imposter syndrome, and overcoming...

Duration:00:51:36

E02: Esteban Fernandez-Juricic on Vertebrate Vision, Conservation Behavior, and Research Reproducibility

7/5/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Amy speaks with Esteban Fernandez-Juricic (@EstebanFerJur), a Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University and the current President of the Animal Behavior Society. They start out discussing how sensory physiology can help answer questions about animal behavior, and why there is so much variation in visual systems across taxa. Then they talk about how Esteban's basic research into vision and behavior has enabled fruitful collaborations with...

Duration:00:42:08

E01: Susan Alberts on the Amboseli Baboons and Women in Primatology

6/21/2021
Episode Summary: In this episode, Matthew speaks with Susan Alberts (@susan_alberts), who co-directs the Amboseli Baboon Research Project (@AmboseliBaboons), a long-term longitudinal study of wild baboons. They start out by talking about what behavior is and why animal behavior is of particular salience. Then they talk about the history of the Amboseli project, how Susan became involved in baboon research in the 1980s, and some notable results from the project. They also discuss the power...

Duration:00:37:42

(Preview) E06- Eileen Hebets

6/18/2021
This is a preview of the sixth episode of the Animal Behavior Podcast, which launches June 21. Please share with friends and colleagues. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@AnimalBehavPod) along with hosts Amy Strauss (@avstrauss) and Matthew Zipple (@MatthewZipple) Contact us at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com. Thanks to The Animal Behavior Society (@AnimBehSociety) for support.

Duration:00:02:02