Dr. Floyd Shockley-Waging War on Hammerhead Worms

Aug 16, 2023 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, seniors, technology

Dr. Floyd Shockley-Waging War on Hammerhead Worms

The Not Old Better Show, Inside Science Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show on radio and podcast.  I’m Paul Vogelzang; as part of our Smithsonian Inside Science interview series,  we have the latest buzz…the Spotted Lantern Fly spottings are on the rise throughout the country, potentially causing enormous crop damage and economic loss, and the Hammerhead Worm is another potentially dangerous species you need to be on the lookout for…here to tell us that and more is returning guest Dr. Floyd Shockley, Smithsonian’s Collections Manager for the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History….Dr. Shockley will join us momentarily as we have much to discuss today.

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Smithsonian’s Dr. Floyd Shockley is here to help us understand the Spotted Lantern Fly, Hammerhead Worm, and all other insects. Dr. Floyd Shockley is the Collections Manager for the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.   In addition, we’ll talk to Dr. Shockley about ways insects are pivotal to our environment and ecosystems, how insects adapt and evolve to survive in rapidly changing environments, and what kind of economic threats or damages spotted lantern flies and hammerhead worms pose, particularly to gardeners and farmers, and bees, because ‘Bee Lives Matter,” a lot more.  

My thanks to Dr. Floyd Shockley, from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  My thanks, as always, to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show.  And my thanks always to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience.  Remember, stay safe, everyone, and let’s Talk About Better.  The Not Old Better Show.  Thanks, everybody.

Also, look out for another episode this week featuring Dr. Bridget Cole Williams, where we’ll discuss the future of cannabis in medicine and her book, Courage in Cannabis.