Pests in the City #315

May 01, 2015

This week, we're exploring the ways human-made environments support - and shape - the lives of many species we think of as vermin. We'll talk to Geography and Environmental Studies Professor Dawn Day Biehler about her book "Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats." And we'll speak to postdoctoral researcher Clint Penick about his research on the junk food diets of urban ants.


  • Dawn Biehler
  • Clint Penick
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Guest Bios

Dawn Biehler

Dawn Biehler is Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests include historical geography and environmental history of public health in US cities, environmental justice, urban and feminist political ecology, housing, and human-animal interactions. She is author of "Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats"

Clint Penick

Clint Penick is a postdoctoral fellow at NC State University where he studies the behavior and ecology of social insects. He has studied ants from the wilds of India, and more recently he works with ants that live on the sidewalks of Manhattan.