Field Notes

Sunday mornings during Cincinnati Edition
  • Hosted by Thane Maynard

Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, provides first-hand connections to the world of ecology and conservation by speaking with experts all around the world.

How Smart are Dogs?

Feb 8, 2013

On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.

Forensic Entomologist Dr. Greg Dahlem from NKU

Feb 1, 2013

Dr. Greg Dahlem from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Biological Sciences joins Thane Maynard to discuss his unique field of study, Forensic Entomology, and his current research trying to unravel the evolutionary relationship of flesh flies and blow flies using DNA.

Part Wild: living with a wolfdog

Jan 25, 2013

Ceiridwen Terrill is an associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and several years ago adopted a wolfdog (part husky, part grey wolf) to be her protector and fellow traveler. Have a pet that is torn between being a domestic pet and a wild animal made for a fascinating journey, which she has vividly captured in her book Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs. She talks with Thane Maynard about this experience and her advice for others who are considering adopting a wolfdog.

UC's Dr. Ron Millard

Jan 18, 2013

For all the giraffe lovers out there, you’ll enjoy Thane Maynard’s conversation with Dr. Ron Millard from U.C.’s Department of Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics in the Medical School. He studies circulation and physiology of animals, including the challenge of determining the circulation and blood pressure in giraffes.

Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is working on a project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record. He takes a few minutes away from his work to join Thane Maynard to discuss this project as well as his long-standing work on the science of what makes us human.

Fossil and Fragment Geological Research at UC

Jan 4, 2013

Dr. Joshua Miller from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Geology joins Thane Maynard to discuss his work collecting and researching fossils and other historical fragments to better understand the population and geographic movements of earlier cultures. He has traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AK), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Denali National Park (AK), Isle Royale National Park (MI), the Wind River Mountains (WY), and Amboseli National Park (Kenya) to seek out information on the movements and ecological challenges faced by early man.

Wild Cincinnati

Dec 21, 2012

Do you know the tremendous variety of critters and fauna that you can find in and around Cincinnati? It’s probably more than you imagine, so Thane Maynard’s guest, author Lynne Bachleda, is here to help with her new book Wild Cincinnati: Animals, Reptiles, Insects and Plants to Watch Out for at Home, at the Park and in the Woods.

Hiking Around Cincinnati

Dec 14, 2012

Even as winter sets in, that’s no reason not to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Joining Thane Maynard this weekend is Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati: Including Clifton Gorge, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. As they discuss, hiking in the winter offers a different look at the trails and paths you normally hike in the summer.

Snow Leopard of Afghanistan Filmmaker Tony Gerber

Dec 7, 2012

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tony Gerber joins Thane Maynard to discuss his film Snow Leopard of Afghanistan, which kicks off the National Geographic WILD channel’s Big Cat Week on Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm. Gerber followed big cat expert Boone Smith and a team of conservationists into war-torn Afghanistan in search of the snow leopard in order to help preserve the species.

Ellen LaConte is a busy woman: acting director of the EarthWalk Alliance, contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic Reader, publisher of the online newsletter Starting Point, and author of the new book Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse. She provides a holistic approach to the many challenges facing our world and she is Thane Maynard’s guest this week.