ResearchBlogCast: Bloggers dissect a paper on parenting in poison arrow frogs

ResearchBlogCast 18 Comments
By Dave Munger

We’re trying something new this week. Each week, in addition to all the great written blogs you can find on, we’re posting a podcast about science.

ResearchBlogging.orgEach week, Research Bloggers Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I will choose a journal article to discuss in podcast form. We’ll make sure it’s an article that we or someone else has covered on their blog, so ideally, you’ll read the blog post first to get a general understanding of the research, then listen to our podcast to hear our impressions. Here’s the article we’re discussing this week:

Brown, J., Morales, V., & Summers, K. (2010). A Key Ecological Trait Drove the Evolution of Biparental Care and Monogamy in an Amphibian The American Naturalist, 175 (4), 436-446 DOI: 10.1086/650727

The article has been discussed on two blogs so far:

We’ll try to collect links to all blogs discussing each ResearchBlogCast. Let us know if we missed you!

At this point we’re considering this to be an experimental project, so constructive criticism is welcome. Let us know what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong. If all goes well, this podcast should be available on iTunes, but for now you can definitely get it right here:



18 Responses to “ResearchBlogCast: Bloggers dissect a paper on parenting in poison arrow frogs”

  1. GrrlScientist Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    interesting beginning! it sounded like fun!

    my suggestions (1) briefly outline what you plan to talk about in advance and (2) it might be worthwhile to invite one of blog writers who covered the paper to come on board since those people really know the story well.

    also, a linear or chronological format to the discussion would be nice. in the case of this paper, a brief description of the animal’s natural history would be most useful (provides context).

    a brief description of each data figure would also be nice, so the listener can form some sort of mental image (even if somewhat hazy) as to what is being discussed. of course, if a blog entry includes these images, it is great to mention this as well, so the listener can go to that blog entry in a separate window and look at those graphics while they are being discussed.

  2. Bob O'H Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    What Grrl said (we were listening to it together). The discussion does feel like it wanders a bit.

    I hope you do more of these – a few tweaks and they’ll be really good. If it’s just the three of you, the scope will be quite limited (although I do get some sadistic pleasure from thinking about the three of you discussing quantum physics).

    There are also some bits that could have been edited out to make the listening smoother.

    I’ll look forward to next Monday’s edition!

  3. razib Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    thanks! it was “experimental” so the non-linear component was for avante guarde effect.

  4. Dave Munger Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Grrl and Bob, thanks for the comments.

    Glad you listened to the whole thing!

    I’d be interested to hear from someone who followed our suggested course and read the blog posts first, then listened to the podcast. Maybe it would still be a good idea to do a bit more summarizing of the research before moving into discussion.

  5. Travis Saunders Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What will the podcast be saved as in iTunes? I’d love to listen to it during my run, but couldn’t find it as of yet.

  6. razib Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    i think he’s working on it.

  7. Dave Munger Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 6:21 am

    It has been submitted to the iTunes store. I’m not sure how long it takes for the account to be approved. The title of the podcast at iTunes is ResearchBlogCast.

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    It’s like cannibalistic infant-infanticide.

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