Episode 17

Steve Allain (Herpetologist)

Oct 29, 2020 | Nature, Science

In this episode, I speak with Steve Allain, a Herpetologist from the UK. We talk about frog parasites, where to find toads, and we learn about the northern adder snake!

READ TRANSCRIPT

Interview with Steve Allain (Herpetologist)

 

In this episode, I speak with UK Herpetologist, Steve Allain. We talk about frogs, toads, and snakes, as well as the diseases that affect them!

 

  • What is a herpetologist? (0:00:40)
  • Chytrid: a fungal pathogen! (0:02:04)
  • Chytrid in North America (0:05:36)
  • Is chytrid harmful to humans? (0:08:00)
  • Treating fungal infections in frogs. (0:09:01)
  • Can we eradicate chytrid? (0:10:05)
  • What you can do about it (0:12:30)
  • The plague of frogs (0:13:38)
  • Why did Steve become interested in this? (0:16:59)
  • Best way to preserve habitat for amphibians (0:20:10)
  • How to handle frogs (0:22:15)
  • Myths about toads (0:25:08)
  • Where to find toads (0:26:47)
  • Differences between frogs and toads (0:28:18)
  • Steve is a vegetarian (0:30:33)
  • Why Steve is fascinated by snakes (0:31:34)
  • Snakes in the Arctic (0:34:00)
  • What do Arctic snakes eat? (0:35:46)
  • Snake fungal disease (0:37:22)
  • Good news in conservation (0:40:07)
  • Science communication online (0:43:22)
  • Youthful enthusiasm in academia (0:46:19)
  • Book reviews by Steve (0:48:40)
  • Does Steve want to write a book? (0:51:43)
  • Steve’s dream job (0:52:30)

Steve’s website: http://stevenallain.co.uk/

Follow Steve on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevoallain

Follow Steve on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJRAllain/

Follow Steve on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevoallain/

 

Visit Planet B612 on the web: https://planetb612.fm/

Follow Planet B612 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetB612fm

Support Planet B612 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/juliesworld

Related Episodes

Ep. 20: Origins of Life

Ep. 20: Origins of Life

Episode 20 The Origins of LifeIs there life on Mars? How did life form on Earth? And, what would happen if we did find life in outer space?! Astrobiologist Ben K.D. Pearce joins me to talk about life in the universe! Interview with Ben K. D. Pearce...

Ep. 19: Why do we get fat?

Ep. 19: Why do we get fat?

In this episode, I speak with Fat Cells Researcher, Dr. Ariane Pessentheiner. We talk about how obesity is a disease, why we gain weight, and why inflammation and lack of sleep is bad for you!