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, where diseases come from, and whether Godzilla could actually exist. From each conversation, we produce two podcasts—a condensed version lasting 5-10 minutes, which focuses on just the highlights, and a longer, lightly edited version of the entire conversation. You can listen to the podcasts here or get them on iTunes and Google Play.
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.
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.