The Białowieża Forest and "Pompik the Bison" with Tomasz Samojlik

September 4th, 2020 · 42 mins 27 secs

About this Episode

Our guest today is Dr. Tomasz Samojlik, an environmental historian and researcher at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża. His research focuses on Poland's Białowieża Primeval Forest, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. In addition to his research, Dr. Samojlik spoke with us about his work popularising science and scientific knowledge using books, comics and graphic novels for children. In his own words, "My aim is to instill the curiosity for nature, wildlife and science in kids during workshops, seminars and lectures in Poland."


According to his Twitter and Instagram account (@wiedzmun and @tomasz.samojlik) he is an "Environmental historian by day, comics and children books creator by night, basketball fan for life." Visit his website for more on his books for children and the Mammal Research Institute's site for more about his work as an environmental historian on the Białowieża Forest. See his bio on our site for more information.

NOTE: This episode was recorded via Zoom on August 24th, 2020. And a very special thanks to Audrius Rickus, a friend of the SlavX team for graciously connecting us with Dr. Samojlik. Also, thank you to CREEES's graduate coordinator and assistant director Agnes Sekowski for joining us on this episode to chime in with her expertise on the topic of Poland's forest.

Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect on Twitter: @RehnquistTom)
Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:
Host/Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
Guest Host: Agnes Sekowski
Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Contributing Producer: Audrius Rickus

Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) (Additional background music by The Polish Ambassador, Blue Dot Sessions, Kai Engel, and John Bartmann)

Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: Instagram: @michelledaniel86)

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