Tom Earnhardt grew up surrounded by nature in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. This experience forever shaped his perspective and passions, leading him into a career in environmental law, teaching and advocacy for the natural world. As Tom says, “The more you know, the more responsibility you have to those resources.” Listeners may also know Tom as the longtime host of PBS North Carolina’s “Exploring North Carolina,” which has produced 100 episodes to date. Join us for the Season 2 finale of “Love Nature,” and learn why Tom is enthusiastic to share the stories of North Carolina’s natural history.
Rachel Smith is an astrophysicist and the Head of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and Curator for Meteorites. Rachel is in interested in the origins of life, how it began on Earth and investigating perhaps the greatest mystery of all: are humans alone in the Universe? Discover why astronomers and astrophysicists are looking to galaxies far, far away to unlock mysteries right here on Earth, deepening our connection and understanding of the natural world around us.Find out more about Rachel Smith
Find out how growing up near 600 acres of woods in the DC area and a pivotal trip to Jacques-Cartier National Park inspired George Elvin, a professor of architecture at NC State University, to join his love of architecture with his respect for nature. George believes there is an urgent need to mitigate the negative effects of human design on the environment and discusses a current project to create affordable, resilient housing projects for coastal communities affected by climate change.Find out more about George Elvin
Chris Goforth is an entomologist and science educator who leads citizen science efforts at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Citizen science is the partnership between the public and professional researchers, an important, collaborative relationship where people from all walks of life can contribute to scientific research regardless of experience level. From studying monkey molecules to observing spiral galaxies, learn how citizen science projects provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute to science in a meaningful, tangible way.Find out more about Chris Goforth
Brian Malow is a comedian who loves science. Yes, you read that correctly. He is enthusiastic about creating connections between science and humor to deepen his audience’s appreciation for nature. Longtime fans of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will also recall Brian was the first curator of the SECU Daily Planet Theater. Don’t miss this lively and dynamic conversation on this week’s episode of the Love Nature podcast.Find out more about Brian Malow
A Miami native with Jamaican heritage, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about science communication and protecting and preserving our oceans. Using social and traditional media platforms, Danni takes her audiences on adventures to connect them with nature, aiming to inspire a more science-minded society along the way. Danni also illuminates how water has historically been used as a tool against people of color and shares her vision for natural spaces that are accessible for all.Find out more about Danni Washington
For over 22 years artist and naturalist Christopher Marley has traveled the world to reclaim collected rare (and real) organisms to create unique and beautiful works of art. Marley's love of nature and its beauty are evident as he discusses his career and his creations. Through March 20, 2022, Marley’s work is on special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' downtown Raleigh location. Be inspired by the “magical space” at the intersection of art, nature and science, while experiencing the natural world in a way you never have before. (Get tickets and special exhibition details at naturalsciences.org.)Find more about Christopher Marley
New York Times best-selling author, Richard Louv, returns to provide further insight in this week’s episode, discussing how humans can commit to re-wilding natural areas and how cities can play a role by becoming engines for biodiversity and environmental revitalization. Louv also addresses the four horsemen of the apocalypse: climate change, the collapse of biodiversity, pandemic and human loneliness and shares his wisdom on how humans can combat these issues.Find out more about Richard Louv
Join New York Times best-selling author, journalist and environmental advocate, Richard Louv, for the second season premiere of the Love Nature podcast. Richard discusses his latest book, Our Wild Calling, and a childhood dog named Banner who taught him a set of ethics for engaging with both humans and animals. Plus, find out why Louv thinks humans are hungrier than ever for connection with the natural world.Find out more about Richard Louv
In less than a decade, Rue Mapp grew her passion for nature from a blog to a national network of over 45,000 trained volunteers that comprise the organization Outdoor Afro. Rue and her organization seek to connect historically underserved communities with nature while advocating for inclusivity and accessibility within these spaces. Whether through hiking or birdwatching, art or history, cookouts or tailgates, find out how Outdoor Afro is meeting people where they are to inspire greater appreciation for the natural world. Don’t miss this engaging, illuminating discussion and the Season One finale of Biophilia: The Love Nature Podcast.
Dinosaurs are alive in our imaginations and outside our windows. These magnificent animals give us a glimpse into the Cretaceous period and the biodiversity that existed. Join us as Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Head Paleontology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, shares her passion for this area of study and how the Dueling Dinosaurs project will take science engagement to a new level bringing the world on a journey of discovery not experienced ever before. This is a do not miss episode as Lindsay and our hosts discuss the connections between dinosaurs, birds, the world today and what it may tell us about what’s next.
Deja Perkins is an urban ecologist, an advocate for nature exploration and one of the co-organizers of Black Birders Week. As a Chicago native, Deja understands it is important for city residents to have access to nature and green spaces, but far too often communities of color encounter unique challenges when trying to interact with the natural world. Tune in to find out how Deja is breaking down these barriers as a champion for environmental justice.
What do you do with a sick pet goldfish or iguana? What about a turtle or snake who has encountered trouble on the road? Dr. Greg Lewbart has seen it all caring for a range of creatures as a professor of aquatic animal medicine and veterinarian at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Join us for this delightful, insightful conversation that illuminates how humans can share a bond with even the most unconventional creatures.
Did you know the Museum has our own “Ant-Man”? Meet Dr. Adrian Smith, Head of the Museum’s Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab. On social media, his exciting videos inspire curiosity and fascination as he provides unique, observable views of insects and their behavior. Join us for this illuminating conversation.
Meet Pat Simmons, Director & CEO of the North Carolina Zoological Park. “One of the things zoos do best,” she notes, “is reach out to large masses of people and give them that up-close personal experience with nature. A safe place where you can rely on experts to dispel fears and bring in joy. It’s incredibly important to the human soul.”
Studying the Species in Peoples’ Lives
Join us as we chat with Dr. Rob Dunn, Professor of Applied Ecology at NC State University and author of five popular science books, including “Every Living Thing” and “The Wild Life of our Bodies.” From bellybutton microbes to fabulous face mites, listen and learn all about the species that are on us, in us and around us.
Part II: E.O. Wilson and the Half-Earth Project
Part II of our conversation with Dr. E.O. Wilson explores his concept of Half-Earth, a call to protect half the Earth’s land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to reverse the species extinction crisis and ensure species have the space they need to thrive. Hear how the Half-Earth Project is bringing this vision to life.
Meet legendary biologist E.O. Wilson
The inaugural episode of the Love Nature podcast explores humans’ innate desire to connect with nature, a desire legendary biologist and author Dr. E.O. Wilson termed “biophilia.” Join us to meet the hosts and to hear from E.O. Wilson as they all share their personal attraction to, and journeys through, nature.
Behind the mic
Dr. Eric Dorfman
Director and CEO, NCMNS
Dr. Eric Dorfman is Director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Eric is also the author of several popular books and scholarly publications. His most recent book is The Future of Natural History Museums (Routledge 2018).
Dr. Dan Dombrowski
Chief Veterinarian, NCMNS
Dan is Chief Veterinarian at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Adjunct Faculty at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Katey is the Head of Immersive Experiences at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences with 20+ years of experience working in the museum industry.
Eban is the composer and soundscape designer on the NC Museum of Natural Sciences digital media team.
Micah is the P.R. & Marketing Coordinator for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.