Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a baby Giant Panda in your lap? Listen in while Dr. Biology talks with two scientists who have gotten up close and personal with Pandas. Andrew Smith is a returning guest and WEI Fuwen is a visiting scientist from China that has been studying pandas in the wild. He has even caught the sounds of these elusive animals in the wild.
Travel with us to the Tibetan plateau in China and the field site of conservation biologist, Andrew Smith. There we will learn about some cute furry animals called Pikas and why they are considered a keystone species. Hey, just what is a "keystone species"? That's something we will also learn about.
Fire and life - what do they have in common? It turns out there is more to fire than just the glow of the flame. Stephen Pyne, Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, gives Dr. Biology a lesson in fire and how it has shaped life on Earth.
Hitting the road again, Dr. Biology checks out the Biological Division of the National Science Foundation. He visits with Dr. James Collins who is overseeing all the research funding for the biological area at NSF. Learn how your tax dollars are being used and the cool things that NSF funds that you may not have known about.