the Best Biome

The Best Biome Podcast

Three prairie biologists make the ever-growing argument for why grasslands are the world’s best biome.

Nicole, Rachel, and Allan discuss the deep evolutionary history of the plains, the intricacies of unique grassland ecosystems, and frequently just lose our minds about  absurdities like ostriches stealing each other’s children.

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Russian+thistle tumbleweed Richard Old, XID Services, Inc.


Tumbleweeds are fascinating plants that you didn't know you needed to know more about.
Falklands penguin

Coastal Tussac and Seabirds

Conserving coastal tussac grasslands of the Falkland Islands is critical, and a team of paleoecologists revealed why seabirds make these grasslands thrive.
giraffe tongue

African Megafauna

Megafauna once ruled the world. Most of these giants died out millions of years ago, but African megafauna held strong.
Turquoise Parrot in Kwiambal National Park

Parrots of the Plains

Parrots love grasslands. Not only do some parrots make a living exclusively on the ground in grassland habitats, they’ll hang out in the same palm trees as Burrowing Owls, dig…
prairie dog munch

Prairie Dog Posse

These amazing rodents are landscapers, gardeners, as well as tasty snacks. Integral to our ecosystem, yet in peril, the prairie dog is a misunderstood marvel.