#MySciComm: Diogo Verissimo

Today, our contributor, Diogo Verissimo, is launching a major #sciomm project today. Keep reading for details, as Diogo explains the Lost & Found project in his responses to the #MySciComm questions!

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Photo courtesy of Diogo Verissimo

Diogo is an educator turned scientist turned marketer! He is currently a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow, based in the Washington, D.C., area. He works primarily on the design and evaluation of conservation marketing interventions around issues such as coastal fisheries, wildlife trade or human-wildlife coexistence. Connect with him online at www.diogoverissimo.com and @verissimodiogo.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Diogo…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

My very first conservation job was as an environmental educator at the Lisbon Zoo, in my native Portugal.  Continue reading #MySciComm: Diogo Verissimo

#MySciComm: Megan Litwhiler

This week, Megan Litwhiler responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Megan birding at Reserva Ecologica (Buenos Aries); image courtesy of Megan Litwhiler

Megan is a scientist turned science communicator. After finishing her PhD in bird ecology, and a brief stint at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Megan moved on to her current role as a Research Communications Associate at the Museum of Science in Boston. When she’s not science communicating, she’s hanging with her daughter or birding – preferably both at the same time. Connect with her online @MegClock and the SciFund Challenge’s EcoTome blog.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Megan…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

I’m an ecologist by training, but I’ll talk your ear off about any kind of science
Continue reading #MySciComm: Megan Litwhiler

#MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle

This week, Bethann Garramon Merkle responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Sketching hares at University of Arizona Vertebrate Museum; image courtesy of Bethann Garramon Merkle

Bethann is an artist, writer, instructor, editor, and consultant who blends visual storytelling and science communication. She’s also a SciComm Section co-founder, the section chair-elect, and our webmaster. She is passionate about a) integrating drawing into education, research, and communication efforts, and b) the role stories play in shaping public perspectives of science and ecology topics. Find her online @CommNaturalwww.ecologicallytruestory.org, and www.commnatural.com.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Bethann…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

I have my high school biology and art teachers to thank. Continue reading #MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle

#MySciComm: Shane Hanlon

This week, Shane Hanlon responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Image courtesy of Shane Hanlon

Shane is a science communicator, recovering ecologist, science-policy advocate, educator, and storyteller. He’s teaches scicomm for Sharing Science, tells stories with The Story Collider, and still ecologizes each summer for the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Find him @EcologyOfShane and shanemhanlon.com.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Shane…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

I took the path of most resistance. Continue reading #MySciComm: Shane Hanlon

#MySciComm Series Launches with Kika Tuff

Drawing inspiration from the #MySci hashtag, the ESA SciComm Section is launching a new blog series called #MySciComm.

Our aim is to explore the personal and professional journeys of science communicators, including the joys, struggles, and helpful resources that surfaced along their way.

We are also excited to showcase the wide range of types of SciComm that people can do, from photography and illustration to serving as an institutional press officer and public engagement research, and so much more. This is an emerging profession, and there are not only a lot of ways of doing SciComm, but a lot of ways of getting into it. Our #MySciComm series highlights some of the possibilities.

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Illustration ©2017 Kika Tuff, courtesy of Impact Media Lab.

Contributors are asked to answer two questions: 1) how did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do, and 2) what are your top 1-3 SciComm tips and/or resources?

Continue reading #MySciComm Series Launches with Kika Tuff

#SciComm resource round-up

#ESA2016 is in full swing, and #ESASciComm is a big topic this year. Between our smashing success #upgoESA Ignite session….

…and our dynamic interactive scicomm workshop…

…inspiration and discussion about #scicomm is trending. And, there’s more scicomm to come throughout the week! Continue reading #SciComm resource round-up

Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

Bison ecologists, Saskatchewan; copyright 2011, Bethann G. Merkle

Looking to expand your toolbox? Curious to test the waters of science communication for the first time?

Either way, you’ll want to tap into the wide-ranging SciComm Resource Guide curated by ESA’s SciComm Section. Continue reading Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Enhance your sketching toolkit at the #ESA100 “Communicating Science Vividly” workshop!

Guest post by Bethann Garramon Merkle


Everyone can sketch – even you.

Researchers have demonstrated that drawing (even without training) can:

There is even evidence that collaboration between scientists and artists may result in better science.

Continue reading Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Ecological SciComm at the Frontier

It’s that time of the year – time to get your brain into ESA Annual Meeting Mode.

You’re furiously finishing that data analysis in prep for a talk or poster.

You’re checking out the Conference Program and getting your schedule in order.

You’re registering for the meeting and arranging meet-ups with colleagues and collaborators.

How about adding science communication to your meeting preparations? It’s as simple as signing up for Workshop 10854: Communicating Science Vividly.

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Inspired by the rallying call at the 2013 Annual Meeting to better connect our science to society, and the overwhelming enthusiasm for our 2014 SciComm workshop and petition to launch an ESA SciComm Section (done!), we’ve organized another hands-on workshop for attendees of this year’s Annual Meeting. Continue reading Ecological SciComm at the Frontier

6 More SciComm Resources

If you cruised through our SciComm resources and Multimedia SciComm Guide thinking, “Read that. Yep, read that. Read that, too…” here are a few more SciComm resources you can explore. Some are fairly recent, and some are ‘oldies but goodies.’

Continue reading 6 More SciComm Resources