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.

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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

#SketchYourScience takes off after ESA 2014 workshop

What ecologists think of drawing (09.2014)

It’s happening! Multimedia SciComm is catching on, and our workshop participants are chief vectors for distributing the bug.

Our last post was about Johanna Varner and the research she does on pikas. Inspired by Johanna’s own sketches, produced during our workshop, the Pikas on Ice post featured some delightful pika sketches by Jennifer Landin.

Now, Johanna and her colleagues Nancy Huntly and Erin Gleeson have taken the idea of #SketchYourScience well beyond themselves and their own study species.

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Resources: Sketching + beyond

*This list is dynamic, and in-development. Feel free to make suggestions (use the comments section or contact us directly) re additional resources and great examples that should be included.


INSPIRATION

LEARN TO DRAW & IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

INCORPORATING SKETCHING INTO SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY

USING SKETCHING IN YOUR CLASSES (classrooms, field trips & field courses)


USING OTHER PEOPLE’S IMAGES
(same rules apply for illustrations)


WHY IMAGES MATTER

YOUR IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Are you really giving away your intellectual property rights when you share your images on social media? Maybe. Here are some best practices for sharing while retaining your rights.