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Guests George McGavin and Tammy Piper talk about grasping opportunity, science communication and all the small things.

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About our guests

George and Tammy
George (credit: Lois Wendon) and Tammy

George McGavin

Chosen object: 10x magnification hand lens

Recording location: Berkshire

George is an entomologist, author, academic, television presenter and explorer. His academic appointments include an Honorary Research Associate position at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate role at The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania. George studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London.  

Hand lens and book of Edgar Allan Poe tales
Hand lens and book of Poe's Tales

A regular contributor to BBC’s The One Show, George has also presented nature documentaries for the BBC, Discovery Channel and ITV. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals, and has several insect species named in his honour which he hopes will outlive him. 

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Tammy Piper

Chosen object: Poe's Tales

Recording location: Edinburgh

Tammy is the Tissue Bank Manager for the MRC Institute for Genetics and Cancer at the University of Edinburgh. Her role involves managing a busy tissue bank archiving tumour samples from patients in large phase III breast cancer clinical trials. 

Tammy studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the Welsh Cyology Training School, and the University of West of England, Bristol and worked at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport before joining the University of Edinburgh. 

She is passionate about making science and scientific career paths accessible and loves to geek out over a cup of tea. 

Tammy Piper, Tissue Bank Manager

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Host: Ayanda Ngobeni

Theme music: Nathan Webb

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