Academic Influence Interviews

At we have the opportunity and honor to speak with many scholars who are highly influential in their fields.

Our interviews typically reveal insights about an academic discipline that prospective students intent on studying that discipline find helpful. At the same time, our interviews explain

  • what top scholars are doing,
  • what got them into their profession,
  • what continues to excite them in their research, and
  • what it’s like being part of the communities into which their studies have led them.

Often we learn that there is so much more happening in a given discipline than is commonly imagined, so that these interviews turn into truly enlightening conversations.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we have enjoyed making them.

We are always bringing out new interviews, so please stay tuned.



Finding your own path in biology | Interview with Dr. Burkhard Rost

How biological and cultural memes evolve | Interview with Dr. Marcus Feldman

How machine learning boosts protein and genetic studies | Interview with Dr. Burkhard Rost

How theories in evolution evolve | Interview with Dr. Niles Eldredge

How to speak for the bugs | Interview with Dr. Adam Hart


What makes insects interesting? Entomologist Adam Hart talks with Karina


Why do scientists often follow unforeseen paths? Biologist Niles Eldredge talks with Karina