A podcast hosted by Caitlin & Cari, your friendly neighborhood ecologists trying to find their place in the world of science communication and outreach. We want to bring weird science to the general public, help researchers share their science, and simply explore the world around us. We're excited to bring you along on our journey every other Tuesday!Listen. Wonder. Discover!You can also find our episodes on iTunes and see more cool information from us on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook in the links below!


  • Book club #5 - Fatal Invention

    Book club #5 - Fatal Invention

    18/08/2020 Duração: 36min

    This week we're talking about Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts. It's a book all about how science has been perpetuating race as a biological construct when it is actually a social construct. This book is one Caitlin and I picked up to help educate ourselves on the struggle that Black people in America face every single day. But this book also talks a bit about Latinx and Indigenous people as well. We are still learning, so please reach out to us if we said anything incorrectly in this episode, we would like to take responsibility for that. Thank you for listening and we hope you take a moment afterwards to put yourself in someone else's shoes!

  • Book club #4 - The Soul of an Octopus

    Book club #4 - The Soul of an Octopus

    14/07/2020 Duração: 29min

    Bug&Stuff Book Club! Number 4! This month we're talking about The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. We really enjoyed this relaxing and lovely book. We hope you do too!

  • Book Club #3 - If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

    Book Club #3 - If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

    09/06/2020 Duração: 35min

    Welcome to book number 3 in the Bugs&Stuff book club series! We're reading If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? By Alan Alda. I fangirl a lot about Alan Alda, Caitlin applies this book to her job, and all in all it's just a really great book!

  • Episode 64 - Murder Hornets! (aka Giant Asian Hornets)

    Episode 64 - Murder Hornets! (aka Giant Asian Hornets)

    02/06/2020 Duração: 23min

    Today we're talking about the newly famous Murder Hornets! The take home- they're not all over the US, they won't literally murder you human (unless you're allergic to bees), and the media did a really good job at naming them.

  • Book Club #2 - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    Book Club #2 - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    12/05/2020 Duração: 22min

    Welcome to book club episode 2! Today we're talking about The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating! I very peaceful, short book that Caitlin absolutely adored. If you've read this book, share your thoughts with us! If you have a book recommendation, share that with us too!

  • Episode 63 - Earth Month in Pandemic Mode

    Episode 63 - Earth Month in Pandemic Mode

    28/04/2020 Duração: 28min

    Happy Earth Month! Surprise! I know Caitlin and I said we were going to only upload episodes once a month, but we ended up finding a little extra time this week and recorded! This episode is about enjoying nature during a pandemic and other things you can do to support the Earth while still staying safe indoors. And it's a little chaotic, if I'm being honest, because we don't get to talk to people very often these days. So, we hope it can entertain you a little bit! Share with us what you're doing to be more environmentally friendly or reach out about how you're doing during our shared health experience or record an episode with us! Have some fun and stay healthy!

  • Book Club #1 - Lab Girl

    Book Club #1 - Lab Girl

    14/04/2020 Duração: 33min

    Welcome to our first Bugs&Stuff book club! We're reading a lot while in Coronavirus quarantine, so we want to share these books with you! Read along if you'd like, or suggests some books for us! Reach out so we know you're doing well, dear listener! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @bugsandstuffpod or email us at [email protected] Stay well everyone!

  • Episode 62 - Mosquitos and Malaria

    Episode 62 - Mosquitos and Malaria

    12/03/2020 Duração: 28min

    In a fascinating turn of events, today I'm using Bugs&Stuff as a platform to help me study for a medical entomology exam! Join us as I tell you all the things I know about mosquitos and the ways they transmit malaria! With so many disease out there threatening us right now, we hope you're staying healthy dear listeners.

  • Episode 61 - Love Bugs

    Episode 61 - Love Bugs

    11/02/2020 Duração: 33min

    We're back! Sorry for the long break (explained in episode), but today we're coming back with informations about bugs that care for their babies, eat their boyfriends, spread disease, and ruin your car. I promise that will make more sense when you listen to it. Thanks for your patience during our break! We hope you enjoy this episode! For more fun, visit our blog at!

  • Episode 60 - Catching Up With Cari

    Episode 60 - Catching Up With Cari

    03/09/2019 Duração: 34min

    On the flip side of the Bugs&Stuff team, this week we have an update on my time lately and my new start in the PhD program. Expect more updates from that end as well for our grad school listeners! Enjoy!

  • Epsiode 59 - Catching Up With Cait

    Epsiode 59 - Catching Up With Cait

    20/08/2019 Duração: 24min

    Welcome back! Today we're catching up with Caitlin and FINALLY learning all about her new job at RiseVT!

  • Episode 58 - Dobsonflies

    Episode 58 - Dobsonflies

    18/06/2019 Duração: 23min

    Welcome to the bug highlight! This time we're talking about Dobsonflies! Large, fascinating bugs that are in no way related to flies. They're crazy looking at all stages, but really important to the health of our fast moving streams! Take a listen to find out more then definitely visit our blog to see pictures at!

  • Episode 57 - PhDecisions

    Episode 57 - PhDecisions

    28/05/2019 Duração: 24min

    In case you haven't guess already (by the numerous hints in our other episodes and quite a few tweets), I'm going back to school for my PhD! This was a decision I've been struggling with for about 2 years, but ultimately I could not get a job teaching college students with only a Masters. It stinks, but I know I have the passion and drive to pursue this new degree and get my dream job. Shout out to Caitlin for listening to me going back and forth on this decision for the past 2 years. I can't wait to share this journey with you all! Let us know if you're a fellow grad students or someone interested in grad school so we know how much of this new path we should share on the podcast. It certainly will not replace our buggy fun, but we have shared things about our Master's in the past and it might be helpful to some if I do so for the PhD as well! Side note: In the few days after recording this episode (because we actually recorded early for once!), I read some blogs and watched a few videos from people who had

  • Episode 56 - Reconsidering your skills: An interview by Caitlin

    Episode 56 - Reconsidering your skills: An interview by Caitlin

    07/05/2019 Duração: 31min

    In this episode Caitlin asks the tough questions that I struggle to answer. It involves self-reflection, advice, and a lot of thought. So, take a listen, share your career paths with us, and maybe push yourself to explore something new! If you want to chat with us, you can always reach us at [email protected] or on social media @bugsandstuffpod. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 55 - Grants

    Episode 55 - Grants

    23/04/2019 Duração: 36min

    Hey! We're in the same room and bringing you an important episode talking about how to get grants and why you should always try for them. There's no shame in failing, and not every grant application you write will be funded, but it's an important experience! Also, if you are successful, the reward is amazing! Caitlin gives us unique insight on how she helps people get grants and I tell you about finding grants for projects outside of academia, but of course, we also reminisce on our time in graduate school applying for grants. We hope this episode helps you and encourages you! Best of luck with your applications!

  • Episode 54 - Jumping for Spiders

    Episode 54 - Jumping for Spiders

    09/04/2019 Duração: 25min

    Welcome to our bug highlight! This the highly requested (by one Apple Podcast reviewer) the teddy bear of all spiders: THE JUMPING SPIDER!! This was a really fun episode, and exactly what we needed after being sick last week! We hope you enjoy it and learn about all the weird, totally adorable things jumping spiders do in their lives. If you have a bug highlight request, let us know on twitter, facebook, podcast review, or email!

  • Episode 53 - Bugs That Bite

    Episode 53 - Bugs That Bite

    12/03/2019 Duração: 40min

    In this episode, Caitlin shares some cool views on eradicating mosquitos! Is it a good idea? A bad idea? Who knows! Listen to form your own opinions!

  • Episode 52 - Cari  Cait go to the movies

    Episode 52 - Cari & Cait go to the movies

    26/02/2019 Duração: 35min

    In this episode, Caitlin and I celebrate our birthdays by talking about bugs in the movies! We missed a lot of the giant bug horror movies growing up, but we still have a lot of children's bug movies to discuss! Have a favorite bug movie? Let us know so we can watch it! email: [email protected], twitter&facebook: @bugsandstuffpod. For more fun, check out our blog at

  • Episode 51 - Mental Health

    Episode 51 - Mental Health

    12/02/2019 Duração: 25min

    We've got a short episode for you this week (to make up for our really long one last, and because our poor Caitlin is sick). We're talking about mental health again because it's an incredibly important topic and we've learned a lot of new self care techniques since our last episode on the topic (episode 5) that we wanted to share! If you have a great technique that helps you take care of your brain space, share it with us through twitter/facebook (@bugsandstuffpod) or email us ([email protected]). Enjoy!

  • Episode 50 - Glitter Party with Shannon

    Episode 50 - Glitter Party with Shannon

    29/01/2019 Duração: 53min

    Welcome to episode 50! How wild and exciting! In this episode we're talking to the wonderful Dr. Shannon Pelini, our former advisor and all around wonderful person. We talk about her trip to tenure, some wonderful moment during field research, advice about how to live playfully, and we talk a lot about edible glitter that was sprinkled in wine. We hope you enjoy this extra long episode and help us celebrate!

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