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A Scientist Walks Into A Bar

Episodes feature recordings of talks given at Science on Tap events held in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA.

Aug 13, 2019

Have you ever wondered how animals find and impress that special someone? From crazy dances to unanticipated sex changes, animals have some unusual strategies for attracting and keeping their mates. Join Dr. Allison Coffin, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, as she describes the unusual dating lives of birds, fish, and other animals. This was recorded at an event in November 2016.

Thank you to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of bird song recordings, and recordists Bob McGuire, Natalia García, and Michael J. Andersen for the use of their recordings of the White-crowned Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, and Alder Flycatcher, respectively. 

Thank you also to Dr. Gail Patricelli for her use of the satin bower bird recording (and for camping out in the Australian bush for her research.) 


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Thanks to Graham Tully and Stephen Perry for sound production.

As always, a final thanks to Jonathan Coulton for the use of his song Mandelbrot Set as our theme music.