Messing with Nature is a half-hour television series that redefines nature/science programming. Imagine Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America) hosting Planet Earth with a bit of Monty Python thrown in. Understanding the natural world, how its many parts link together and how they change over time, is a critical step toward making sound decisions about conserving and using natural resources. Future episodes will tell stories about living things and their histories, from bacteria to whales; how and where they live, how they affect us, and we them, and how we find out about them.

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Messing with Nature premiered on Public Broadcasting affiliate WLRN Channel 17 Miami/South Florida in March 2011.

Funding is currently sought for additional episodes, including (working titles) Klaatu barada kudzu, on invasive species; Crossroads in the Sea, on the Strait of Florida; Rats and Runways, on model organisms; The Sea Lily and the Porcupine, on the discovery of life in the deep sea, and Rube Goldberg's Fantastical Energy Storage Machine, on how photosynthesis works.

Links to the first two episodes on Vimeo are below.

 
 
Episode 1: Let’s See What’s Out There Does current nature programming (“man-eating sharks, woman-eating crocodiles, poisonous snakes and spiders”) accurately reflect our planet’s biodiversity? What if we’re not even close to discovering all the different species living on earth? If that’s so, just how do scientists go about describing new species?

Episode 1: Let’s See What’s Out There
Does current nature programming (“man-eating sharks, woman-eating crocodiles, poisonous snakes and spiders”) accurately reflect our planet’s biodiversity? What if we’re not even close to discovering all the different species living on earth? If that’s so, just how do scientists go about describing new species?

Episode 2: The Maltese Aquifer Have you lost an island? Need some Mesozoic ambiance? Are your newly-built homes vanishing? Consulting paleontologist Nick Diamond is your man. This new twist on a classic film noir explains Florida’s fossil and geological history, while derailing the space-time continuum between the present, the past, and a run-down office in a seedy part of town.

Episode 2: The Maltese Aquifer
Have you lost an island? Need some Mesozoic ambiance? Are your newly-built homes vanishing? Consulting paleontologist Nick Diamond is your man. This new twist on a classic film noir explains Florida’s fossil and geological history, while derailing the space-time continuum between the present, the past, and a run-down office in a seedy part of town.