Archive

Western Science Speaks is a collection of podcasts that feature short format interviews that explore the interesting and important work produced by Faculty of Science at Western University. As seen below, the show's episodes cover a wide range of topics in science relevant to a broad spectrum of listeners.

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Keeping the Lights On

Canada’s Energy Economy

Sustainability, alternative energy, profitability and competitiveness; concepts that considered together provide a thought-provoking discussion with Western University’s Dr. Matt Davison about Canada’s energy economy from the perspective of the consumer, government and business.

Exploring the Final Frontier

Titan and the Future of Earth

Saturn's Moon, Titan, may not come to mind when you think about the history and evolution of Earth but after this podcast, it just might! This week Western Science Speaks speaks with Dr. Catherine Neish, to explore the cold, hydrocarbon-rich world of Titan! 


Wrong-way asteroid plays ‘chicken’ with Jupiter

You might think that everything in the Solar System moves in the same direction but a recent discovery proves overwise! This week Western Science Speaks interviews Dr Paul Wiegert about his explanation for why this asteroid is orbiting the wrong way.


Exploring Galaxies with Giant Telescopes

If you want to explore far other stars and distant galaxies the bigger the telescope, the better! This week Western Science Speaks interviews Dr Pauline Barmby about her work with future telescopes that will dwarf their predecessor.

Creepers, Crawlers, Swimmers and Fliers

Genetics and Social Behaviour with Dr Anne Simon

Western students, professors and staff create a social community of over 30,000 people on Western's campus every day. Understanding why we are comfortable or not in these social spaces is a topic of great importance for behavioural researchers. Western Science Speaks sits down with Dr Anne Simon of Western’s Department of Biology, to explore the role of genetics in the social behaviour of living things.


The Story of Salmon Revival in the Great Lakes with Nicole Zathey

Our world is supporting less natural life forms than ever before. How do we revive a once thriving species, that perished at the hands of man? Western Science Speaks talks to Nicole Zathey, who is working to restore the previously native Atlantic Salmon back into Ontario waters.


Bird Survival in a Changing Climate

Western Science Speaks takes a tour of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research. This cutting-edge research facility has it's own wind tunnel and is able to simulate almost any environmental condition. We talk with Jeff Martin who's looking how climate change is affecting bird populations in Canada.


Songbirds: Insight into Predator-Prey Interations

Marek Allen talks about the fear of predators affect prey populations. How does fear affect the survivability of a species? Find out in this episode of Western Science Speaks!


Spiders in the Age of Climate Change

PhD Susan Anthony talks with Western Science Speaks about her love of spiders and their role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. How will spiders adapt to climate change? Find out in this episode!



Maintaining biodiversity in a rapidly changing environment

You might think that butterflies are just a beautiful visitor to your summer garden, but to Dr Nusha Keyghobadi they are also a powerful tool for studying genetic variation! This week Western Science Speaks interviews Dr Keyghobadi about her work investigating what maintains genetic diversity in populations.

The Secret Society of the Termite

Termites may not come to mind when you think about a complex society but after this podcast, they just might! This week Western Science Speaks speaks with Tian Wu, to explore the dynamic relationships present in termite super colonies and the role they play in their ecosystems! 

Tackling an Inconvenient Truth

Plants in the Age of Climate Change

Western Science speaks talks to Dr Danielle Way and her two graduate students about how plant physiologically respond to high temperatures, drought stress and changes in CO2 concentration.


Maintaining biodiversity in a rapidly changing environment

You might think that butterflies are just a beautiful visitor to your summer garden, but to Dr Nusha Keyghobadi they are also a powerful tool for studying genetic variation! This week Western Science Speaks interviews Dr Keyghobadi about her work investigating what maintains genetic diversity in populations.