Hosted by Ivan Parr (Western Section Workshops Coordinator) and Elizabeth Meisman (North Coast TWS Chapter Rep and Co-Chair of Western Section Student Affairs)

  • May 2023 Meet biologists Khatia Basilashvili and Giorgi Lemonjava from Tbilisi, Georgia (Eurasia). After spending a year and a half in Davis, CA through a Humphrey Fellowship, they’ll compare what they learned about wildlife management within the Section to wildlife management in Georgia.  Link to Podcast


  • March 2023 –  Meet Lara Brenner, an author and ecologist working for The Nature Conservancy’s California Islands Science Team. Hear how Channel Islands biologists like Lara use novel approaches in biosecurity, climate resiliency, and endangered species protection to preserve the “Galapagos of the North”.  Link to Podcast


  • January 2023 – Meet the 2023 President-Elect Candidates – 2023 President-Elect candidates for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, Debie Montana, Carolyn Buesch, and Brooke Langle were interviewed for an episode of our new Western Section Podcast (hosted by Ivan Parr, Workshop Coordinator). Link to Elections Podcast


  • September 2021Elizabeth Meisman and Ivan Parr interview John McNerney, the Western Section Treasurer and past president about his role as the city biologist for Davis, CA. John’s discusses his outlook on the future of the Section, along with his passion for the rare species of Davis – Swainson’s hawks, burrowing owls, and the infamous toads of Toad Town. Note that when John talks about “before his time” when Ivan lived in the City, he’s referring, generally, to pre-2010. The interview was recorded in late 2020.   Listen Here!


  • May 2021 – The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected land areas used for research and education. Join Heather Constable, University of Riverside Campus Admin Officer for the Natural Reserves; and Jen Hunter, director for Hastings Natural History Reservation in Monterey County, to learn more about the land, the research conducted there, and Jen’s heroic feats during the 2020 fires that consumed portions of Hastings Reserve. Link to Podcast


  • March 2021 – Get to know the Western Section Presidents (Interview with Dan Airola and Kelly Holland) – Just before the conference, we interviewed then-President Kelly Holland and President-elect (now President) Dan Airola. The podcast will talk about the Kelly’s tenure during the difficult year of 2020 and what now-president Dan envisions for 2021. The Western Section Presidency involves a three-year service, with each President also serving as President-Elect and Past President.  Link to Presidents Podcast


  • January 2021 – Meet the 2021 President-Elect Candidates – 2021 President-Elect candidates for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, Randi McCormick and Katie Smith, were interviewed for an episode of our new Western Section Podcast (hosted by Ivan Parr, Workshop Coordinator). Link to Elections Podcast


Send us your original music!
Western Section Podcasts is hoping to begin and end each new podcast with a different sample of the many talented musicians in our membership. So, send an mp3 track featuring your original band, solo work, or vocals by email to workshops@tws-west.org and include 1. the name of your band, 2. the name of the track, 3. the names of the artists involved, and 4. a sentence or two you’d like us to tell listeners about what they’re hearing. From there, we’ll be in touch about matching your music to one of our podcast themes!