As a teenager, science writer Brendan Bane becomes obsessed with collecting poisonous pets.
Brendan Bane is a freelance science communicator and recent graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. His interest in biology blossomed when he first laid his eyes upon a giant, hairy tarantula. He later followed his passion to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, where he studied how tarantulas communicate their romantic intentions. (Basically, they twerk). Though he loved tromping through forests and spying on spiders in their roadside burrows, his greatest thrill did not come from the field or laboratory. Instead, he was happiest onstage, bringing audiences face to fang with spiders through visual storytelling. Now, through science reporting, he immerses readers in the lives of all flora and fauna, whether wondrous or weird.
This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on May 19, 2017, in an episode titled "Standard Deviation." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2017/5/19/standard-deviation-bess-stillman-brendan-bane