Meet The Hosts

Jay Ingram has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. His 19 books (several of which have been best-sellers) have been translated into 15 languages. Jay has six honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada. From 2005-2015, he chaired the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre and he is co-founder of the arts and engineering smashup called Beakerhead, which began in September 2013 in Calgary. He presents science talks with a band, is an avid birdwatcher, companion to a Wheaten Terrier/Standard Poodle cross, and will never  kill a spider in the house.


Niki Wilson is a multimedia science journalist with a past life as a biologist. She grew up dodging bears in Jasper National Park, Canada, and has studied everything from mammoths to mountain pine beetle. She now writes for publications like BBCEarth, PBSNature and Canadian Geographic, and was associate producer for the Audible top five podcast Wild Sounds of Canada. She lives with her husband, a wildlife vet/ biologist with Parks Canada, and their teenage son. They once dissected an elk liver as a family, which taught them about both parasitic worm behaviour, and gag reflexes.


Erika Siren is a science communicator and biomedical scientist based in Vancouver, Canada. Erika completed her graduate studies at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Blood Research and postdoctoral work at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Erika believes that behind great science, is an even greater story and has had articles featured in the Financial Post and Biotechnology Focus. Following a scientific career developing technology that engineers nature, she now hopes to investigate how nature engineers us as host of the Anthropomania podcast. Erika is also the proud caregiver to a very shrewd 14 year-old mutt named Cosmo.

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