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Apr 4, 2022

Love science and conservation? Want to discover new ways to protect our species? Elle Kaye chats with guests who work within the science genre, but whose job titles may need a little unpacking. Strap in for entomology, taxidermy, diaphonization, pet remains, human pathology and all those that work with specimens. In episode 032 Elle chats with Dr. Allison Shultz about how she became Assistant Curator of Ornithology at NHMLA. We discuss her research in colouration and plumeology, and she gives us an education in why birds look the way that they are and what are the genes that make up colours. We discuss plumage evolution and micro-structure, as well as the role, form and function of feathers. Dr. Allison also discusses her role at the museum and the types of specimens and study-skins she works with. Dr. Allison Shultz Socials

Profiles NHMLA

La Brea Tar Pits Museum

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

San Diego Zoo (live cams link, because, well, live cams)

Great Frigate Bird

Structural Colour Article


Museum of Vertabrate Zoology

“Meet the Scientist” by (NHMLA) video interview with Dr. Allison Shultz

Articles/Research on Coloration


Elle Kaye socials

Podcast socials

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Giraffes - Harrison Amer via

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