Participants in the anthrax workshop

Episode 43: Living with anthrax in Africa

What is life like in an anthrax-endemic area of Tanzania? Join our anthrax research team on a journey to Maasai communities of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Colwell's research showed that Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, lives in the guts of zooplankton. Nathan Reading  [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr.

Episode 42: Against the Tide—A dialogue with Rita Colwell about shifting paradigms

In this episode of Naturally Speaking Shorts, Taya Forde and Karen Hotopp catch up with distinguished Professor Rita Colwell, of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, to talk about the impact of her work on cholera and the changing opportunities for women in science.

Hadley Wickham

Episode 41: Conversations with an R Jedi

In this episode of Naturally Speaking Shorts Laurie Baker speaks to R-guru Hadley Wickham, Chief Scientist at RStudio, about his work to make programming and data analysis in the statistical programme R less painful.

Just one of the stunning views for photographers to capture. Angus Lothian

Enjoying the SCENEry

Living at the SCENE field station offers many magical moments given its wild setting. In this post Behind the SCENE’s Angus Lothian tells us us about some of his favourite adventures and shares his most memorable photos.

Fallow deer on Inchfad island. ©Eleanor Dickinson

Deer, ticks and Scottish sunshine

For the most part, contracting diseases from wildlife is not something we need to think about in the UK particularly often. However, Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is one that any visitors to our stunning countryside must be aware of. This bacterial infection, spread by the bite of blood sucking ticks, can lead to severe and long-lasting symptoms, though if caught […]

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Credit: Gull Lab of courtesy of Catarina Gadelha. Wellcome Images
Life cycle of sleeping sickness causing parasite

This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Trypanosoma brucei brucei parasite shows a replicating bloodstream form of the trypanosome.

On transmission to a new host, parasites divide rapidly to help the population become established. The two flagella on this parasite indicate that it is undergoing the process of cell division.
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Episode 40: The sex life – or lack of it – of Trypanosomes.

Episode 40 The sex life – or lack of it – of Trypanosomes: Interview with Dr Willie Weir   “Zero Sex is a Killer” “Bug’s Weird Sex Life could make it go extinct, say Scottish Scientists”:  Dr Willie Weir, a researcher from the Institute—and one of the Scottish scientists responsible for these recent headlines—joins Steve Larcombe on this episode of […]

Neolamprologus cylindricus and Neolamprologus sexfasciatus are two species of cichlids endemic to Lake Tanganyika of Tanzania. Chris [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr.

Episode 39: Evolution unwrapped—Investigating diversity with Walter Salzburger

Evolution plays a central role in the field of zoology, with new questions to be chased and an ever expanding field of research. In this Naturally Speaking Short, Karen Hotopp (@KarenHotopp) interviews visiting researcher Professor Walter Salzburger of the University of Basel, and asks him about his research on adaptive radiation and the colourful cichlids of the East African Great […]