I’m Dan Riskin, author, biologist, host of Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me and co-host of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet. Interested in gross things, like parasites and viruses, or maybe about science outreach? AMA.
I wrote my PhD on bats, and spent years researching them around the world. Part of that was work on vampire bats, which are fascinating because they are mammals that have become obligate parasites. That parasite connection somehow landed me a job as host of Monsters Inside Me. That, in turn, got me regular gigs as a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and then a full-time job with Discovery Canada.
I did an AMA with you 1.5 years ago, and it was super fun. I thought it might be fun to do another, and since the new season of Monsters Inside Me launches tonight on Animal Planet in the USA (you can see a sneak peek here: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/monsters-inside-me/videos/whats-crawling-under-your-skin), I thought this was as good a time as any.
Now who wants to get grossed out? Hit me.
UPDATE: I've got to run. I'll check back periodically today. Thanks for the great questions.
UPDATE 2: I'm Back. Let's get at this.
UPDATE 3: This was fun. Enjoy the season premiere of Monsters Inside Me tonight. If you want to know more about bats or gross things in nature, hit me on twitter (@riskindan), and please, please, please check out my book Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You, available at fine booksellers everywhere, and now even as an audiobook (with my voice!). Good night!