Today's storyteller is Damion Whyte! Damion is a naturalist and biologist, and is currently a PhD student working on conservation and restoration efforts of the Jamaican iguana on Goat Island. This particular species was thought to be extinct in the 1940s, but was rediscovered in 1990, and there's a lot of research going on with this species. It's really a remarkable story and honestly only one part of all the amazing things that Damion is doing! He's also using social media (as Rooster's World!!) as a way to educate people, dispel myths that persist about some species, and find information about invasive species.  We talk about his research, the pros/cons and usages of social media, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, and really about a bunch of things. This was a fun conversation so enjoy!


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You can find Damion Whyte on Twitter @Roosters_World, on Instagram @roosters_world1, on Facebook, and on YouTube.

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Recorded on 20 February 2021.

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