wildlife

#369      39 min 00 sec
The necessity of kindness: Altruism in animals and beyond

Prof Lee Dugatkin

Evolutionary biologist and historian of science Prof Lee Dugatkin joins Dr Andi Horvath to discuss displays of altruism in insects, animals and humans, and how the often harsh evolutionary imperatives of survival can actually accommodate, promote or depend on acts of kindness and justice.

#355      35 min 43 sec
Hello, Pet!: Our love can hurt our animal friends

Prof Peter Sandøe

Bioethicist Peter Sandøe discusses our complicated relationship with animals and associated moral dilemmas, including how our love for companion animals can actually cause harm and the difference between society’s treatment of pets and production animals. Presented by Peter Clarke.

#351      33 min 31 sec
Weeds girdle the globe: The marauding march of invasive plant species

Prof Roger Cousens

Plant population specialist Prof Roger Cousens talks about how the spread of undesirable plants, or "weeds", has dramatically redefined the world’s natural landscapes and coastlines, and what this means for us economically, aesthetically and environmentally. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#349      27 min 01 sec
Wild and domestic: A cultural history of human-animal relations

Prof Harriet Ritvo

Environmental historian Prof Harriet Ritvo recounts the often ambiguous relationships between the human and animal worlds through history, and explores our need to both tame and take inspiration from the wild. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#316      34 min 37 sec
Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy

Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle

Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#292      25 min 36 sec
Prey for the oceans: How marine predators influence reef ecology

Prof Robert Warner

Marine biologist, Prof Robert Warner, discusses the relationship between marine predators and their prey. He also explains why marine environments may be more robust than terrestrial ecosystems in the face of human impacts. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#250      31 min 10 sec
Komodo to our place: In the field with the giant monitor lizard

Dr Tim Jessop


Integrative ecologist Dr Tim Jessop talks about the fascinating biology and the ecology of the Komodo dragon -- the largest lizard in the world. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#211      23 min 25 sec
Sexing the wallaby: Marsupial reproduction and what it says about us

Prof. Geoff Shaw

Biologist Prof Geoff Shaw discusses research into the reproductive cycle of Australia’s Tammar Wallaby, how it contributes to our understanding of developmental biology, and the insights it provides into sex determination in humans. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#199      25 min 11 sec
Catching evolution in the act: Bird color and the making of new species

Dr Devi Stuart-Fox

Evolutionary biologist Dr Devi Stuart-Fox explains how bird species in which plumage color form varies from member to member evolve into new species at a faster rate than species of a uniform plumage color form -- confirming a half century-old evolutionary theory. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 174      35 min 10 sec
Peak fish: Rising human consumption of seafood, and its implications

Dr Tim Dempster
Dr Reg Watson

Fisheries scientists Dr Tim Dempster and Dr Reg Watson discuss the pressures on wild fish stocks and debate the role of aquaculture in feeding an increasingly populous world. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.