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The Importance of Scientific Discovery and Communication for a General Science Audience

#SciComm, Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Education, Natural ScienceJune 3, 2016

The impetus for this piece was an essay I wrote for iBiology a year or so ago discussing the importance of scientific discovery for a a general science audience (i.e., our science peers who are not in our respective field). I was excited to write the piece because a lot of the Science FRIEDay articles […]

Title is the new abstract

#SciComm, publishing, Science publishingJune 1, 2016

There are an increasing number of scientific articles being produced and posted at a frantic rate. How can you make your paper stand out and be memorable amongst this plethora of publications? Moreover, if your work is conservation-related, how do you ensure that the people who matter see and remember your work? The one part […]

Singing Science: Weather vs. Climate with lyrics for teachers

#SciComm, climate change, Personal StoriesMarch 14, 2016

The month of February 2016 just broke a global temperature record, previously held by… January…2016. While the Trubama climate plans are being praised, the comments section of this Guardian article was still inundated with “Well, it’s cold where I am” posts.  Perhaps we need to create more awareness about the difference between weather and climate… I know, I’m […]

Pushing back against technological puritanism in ocean conservation.

#SciComm, ConservationFebruary 22, 2016

By now, you’ve almost certainly seen this photograph, making the viral rounds, of a Franciscana dolphin in South America, attached to headlines like the following: Endangered baby dolphin dies after swimmers pass it around for selfies, A Baby Dolphin Died Because Tourists Wanted Selfies With Her, A selfie mob in Argentina may have killed a dolphin. I hate these […]

For science communication, hashtag games are a scientist’s secret weapon.

#SciCommDecember 15, 2015

#ExplainAFilmPlotBadly, #StupidCommonNames, #LOTRyourResearch. Hashtag games. A few times a week, these weird, funny, quirky wordplay challenges explode across twitter, driving the most serious, and sometimes even super-serious, tweeters to pause for a moment of levity and let you know what they think Jaws is really about. Goofy, whimsical, and extremely silly, one might wonder why scientists […]

Scanning the Sea: How I create 3D printable ocean objects using a smartphone and free software.

#OceanOptimism, #SciComm, EducationNovember 7, 2015

From simple sand dollars to life-sized hammerhead shark skulls, 3D printable ocean objects present an incredible opportunity for ocean outreach. Many commercial biological models are expensive, fragile, and often overkill for educators’ needs, where simple, robust, and easily replaceable anatomical models suffice. Over the last year, I’ve been honing my 3D printing skills, learning how […]

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