Welcome to the 2018 #MySciComm Series! We’re excited to kick off the new year by celebrating what the #MySciComm Series became in 2017.
We launched in February 2017, and were able to feature 27 publicly engaged scientists and science communicators. Their back stories celebrated and talked candidly about the diverse entry points and skill sets that epitomize scicomm and public engagement careers.
As we said in a contributed piece on the ESA EcoTone blog last year, we feel strongly that the #My SciComm Series supports our section goals: professionalizing science communication efforts within and beyond ESA and providing mentorship to ecologists interested in trying out, or transitioning to careers in, science communication.
For the next few weeks, leading up to the launch of the first #MySciComm pieces of 2018, we’ll be looking back at the insights shared by our 2017 contributors. Each of the series editors will be highlighting out-takes from the Tips & Resources sections of each blog post.
Stay tuned! Next week we’ll take a look at #MySciComm 2017 contributions for human connections within, for, and as result of scicomm.
And, in the meantime, please pitch us a piece on your scicomm backstory, or suggest someone we should invite to contribute.
This week, ESA SciComm Section Secretary, Annaliese Hettinger, responds to the #MySciComm questions!
Photo courtesy of Annaliese Hettinger
Annaliese Hettinger is a marine ecologist and science communicator based at Oregon State University. She holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Annaliese serves as a Science Communication Fellow at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She is also the Communications Officer for Oregon State University Women in Science and the Secretary for the Ecological Society of America’s Science Communication Section. Annaliese believes that science belongs to everyone, and uses storytelling to connect audiences with the pursuit of science. Connect with her online @A_Hettinger and here.
This week, Megan Litwhiler responds to the #MySciComm questions!
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.
This week, Bethann Garramon Merkle responds to the #MySciComm questions!
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. Connect with her @CommNatural and www.ecologicallytruestory.org.
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.