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En esta conversación, Matthew habla con Dr. Ximena Bernal, profesora de biología en la Universidad Purdue. Hablan de la investigación de Ximena sobre espías en el sistema de comunicación de la rana túngara. Después del descanso, hablan sobre el viaje de Ximena como hablante nativa de español trabajando como científica en un campo cuyo idioma princi…
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In this conversation, Matthew speaks with Dr. Ximena Bernal, professor of biological sciences at Purdue University. They discuss Ximena's research into spies in the túngara frog communication system. After the break, they talk about Ximena's journey as a native Spanish speaker working as a scientist in a field whose primary language is English and …
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In this week's episode, Maren Vitousek joins the show to talk about stress and her work in tree swallows. She starts by describing what stress is and what it is not. Matthew and Maren talk about the development of the stress response and its long-term implications. Then Maren's talk about the tree swallow project that she co-directs and what her la…
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This week Matthew speaks with Jenny Tung, McArthur fellow and the director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. They start out by discussing the mutual benefits that molecular biologists and behavioral ecologists can gain from bringing their methods and frameworks together. They discuss two examples of the power of that synerg…
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In this episode, Matthew travels to South Africa to talk with legendary zoologist and behavioral ecologist, Tim Clutton-Brock. They discuss how Tim came to study meerkats and the logistical benefits of meerkats as a study system. Then they dig in to cooperative breeding and its implications for evolution. In the second half of the show, they discus…
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In this episode, Matthew speaks with Robert Seyfarth, professor emeritus in the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania. In the first half of the show, they discuss in detail some of the foundational playback experiments that Robert performed in partnership with his late wife Dorothy Cheney. These legendary experiments revealed fund…
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Matthew hosts a live episode of the podcast at the 2023 meeting of the Animal Behavior Society in Portland, Oregon. The show features friends of the pod Swanne Gordon and Jeff Podos, as well as special guests Steve Nowicki and Ted Stankowich. Content relevant to this episode: 1. Buy books of poems written by Janie E. Bibbie, the poet from whom Swan…
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In this episode, Matthew speaks with Sara Lewis about her book, "Silent Sparks" and her career studying fireflies. They discuss the sexually selected behaviors that are so central to fireflies' lives. After the break, they talk about Sara's conservation work focused on documenting firefly population dynamics and threat levels that different species…
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In this episode, Matthew speaks with Thore Bergman about Niko Tinbergen's 1963 paper "On Aims and Methods of Ethology." They discuss Tinbergen's four questions as well as additional context for each and Thore describes how he has applied Tinbergen's principles to his own work. After the break, they discuss a paper that Thore and Jacinta Beehner pub…
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In the first episode of Season 3, we kick off our new miniseries, "Foundations of Animal Behavior" in a conversation between Matthew and Darwin scholar and intellectual historian Dr. William Kimler. We recommend that you read Chapter 7 either before or after this conversation. Here is the version (1st edition) that William and Matthew reference, st…
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In this episode, Amy speaks with guest Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. They open by discussing the social function of individual odors and the potential factors driving the evolution of individual recognition systems in animals. Then, they chat about work by Zuleyma (and others) challe…
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In this episode, Amy speaks with guest Andy Sih, a Distinguished ​​Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. They open by discussing the concept of animal personalities (a.k.a 'behavioral syndromes' or 'consistent individual differences in behavior'). T…
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In this episode, Matthew speaks with guest Kate Laskowski (@KateLaskowski), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolution, and Ecology at the University of California, Davis They discuss what it means for animals to display individuality, how frequent individual repeatable differences are, and Kate's work in Amazon mollies that attempts to …
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In this episode, Amy speaks with guest Gerry Carter (@gerrygcarter), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. They open by discussing cooperation and conflict in animal social structures. Then, they dig into variation in individual food-sharing relationships in bats, and th…
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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 …
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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.…
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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 contr…
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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…
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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…
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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 conn…
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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 dif…
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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 B…
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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…
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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 sp…
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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 s…
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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 Marce…
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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 …
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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 signalin…
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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…
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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 Ambo…
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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 (@Anim…
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This is a preview of the seventh 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 Matthew Zipple (@MatthewZipple) and Amy Strauss (@avstrauss). Contact us at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com. Thanks to The Animal Behavior Society (@A…
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This is a preview of the fourth 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 (@Ani…
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This is a preview of the third 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 Matthew Zipple (@MatthewZipple) and Amy Strauss (@avstrauss). Contact us at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com. Thanks to The Animal Behavior Society (@Ani…
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This is a preview of the second 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 (@Ani…
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This is a preview of the first 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 Matthew Zipple (@MatthewZipple) and Amy Strauss (@avstrauss). Contact us at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com. Thanks to The Animal Behavior Society (@Ani…
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