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What is Big Biology?

Scientists talking to scientists, but accessible to anyone. We are living in a golden age of biology research. Big Biology is a podcast that tells the stories of scientists tackling some of the biggest unanswered questions in biology. 

Your hosts, Marty Martin and Art Woods, talk to leading scientists from around the world about topics like why we drink alcohol, human consciousness and artificial intelligence, new directions in evolutionary theory, where diseases come from, and whether Godzilla could actually exist. You can listen to the podcasts here or get them on iTunes and Google Play.

Click below to hear Marty and Art talk about their vision for the podcast. 


Why do we need your support?


Big Biology is a science podcast and relies on listener support. All donations go towards the equipment and production of the podcast. We greatly appreciate your donations!

You can donate with a credit card or cryptocurrency on our website. You can also make monthly donations through our Patreon page. The Patreon page allows listeners to donate on a regular basis, and it’s also a place where we interact with listeners.

Contributions to Big Biology are tax-deductible, minus the fair market value of any thank you gifts received. Big Biology is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 82-4179999).

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Who are the hosts?

Marty Martin

Dr. Marty Martin is a professor and integrative biologist at the University of South Florida.  You can learn more about his science at the lab website here.  He wonders about what makes some species pests, what allows some animals to act as disease super-spreaders, and what body size means for the architecture of immune systems.  All of this work is on critters with backbones, and most of it involves the ubiquitous and uber-charismatic house sparrow.

Art Woods

Dr. Art Woods is a professor and biologist at the University of Montana. He studies stuff at the interface of physiology and ecology and is interested in how invertebrates are responding to climate change. Check out his lab website here. Art lives in Missoula and considers it the best place he’s ever lived.


Rest of our team


Special Thanks

Thank you to the University of South Florida College of Public Health for support. Ranked #1 in Florida by U.S. News and World Report, the USF College of Public Health is a nationally recognized leader in community health, online education, maternal and child health and infectious disease research. The college offers BSPH, MHA, MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees in online, on campus and blended formats. To learn more about the college and students who commit to passionately solve problems and create conditions that allow every person the universal right to health and well-being, visit