Parachuting In: Writing that Drops Readers into the Field of Ecology
Jul07

Parachuting In: Writing that Drops Readers into the Field of Ecology

This guest post is by Clarisse Hart, a member of the “Eco Comm Crew” behind the upcoming “Beyond the Written Word” science communication workshop (#15) at ESA’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento. See previous posts from EcoComm Crewmates: “From Oceans to Mountains, it’s all Ecology…Communication!” by Holly Menninger, and “3 Reasons Why We Should Tell Stories about Scientists, Not Just Science” by Bethann Merkle. “Facts don’t have the power...

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3 Reasons Why We Should Tell Stories about Scientists, Not Just Science
Jun23

3 Reasons Why We Should Tell Stories about Scientists, Not Just Science

This guest post is by Bethann Merkle, a member of the “Eco Comm Crew” behind the upcoming “Beyond the Written Word” science communication workshop (#15) at ESA’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento. See also: “From Oceans to Mountains, it’s all Ecology…Communication!” by Eco Comm Crewmate Holly Menninger. Organizers for the upcoming science communication workshop at ESA’s Annual...

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Butcher, baker, brewer-fish
Jun10

Butcher, baker, brewer-fish

We asked science café aspirants for creativity and Simon Brandl brought it with his analogy of division of labor in a coral reef community, where butcher-sharks course among the brewers, bakers, and aristocrats of the reef. Brandl shares the 2014 ESA Science Café Prize with co-winner Madhusudan Katti. He is a PhD candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and School of Marine and Tropical Biology, at James Cook...

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These are not your urban lawn flamingos!
Jun10

These are not your urban lawn flamingos!

Madhusudan Katti won this year’s ESA Science Café Prize with his lyric contemplation of the wildlife living alongside us in urban spaces, and the necessary participation of cities in the future of biodiversity on planet earth. Katti is a professor at California State University Fresno and records occasional radio essays for Valley Public Radio. He tweets prolifically as @leafwarbler and blogs at Reconciliation Ecology. Hear...

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From Oceans to Mountains: It’s All About Ecology… Communication!
Jun09

From Oceans to Mountains: It’s All About Ecology… Communication!

An opportunity to build your multimedia toolkit 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...

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Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology
Feb17

Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology

A guest post by Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, London, UK In May 2013, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment published an article on “The future of ecology: a collision of expectations and desires?” (pdf) by Jeffrey Lockwood, Derek Reiners, and William Reiners, based on a survey of ESA members. The authors’ conclusions about gender and career preferences generated some controversy. A peer-reviewed...

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Teach your children well
Jan20

Teach your children well

In another great guest post, landscape ecologist Lisa Schulte Moore shares stories of infusing everyday kid activities with a connection to science and nature—and, most importantly, having fun doing it. “Yes, fun. But I’m also trying to say it’s cheap and easy, and super rewarding,” she commented, during editing. “I think there are a bunch of deterrents to getting more people doing this kind of stuff: they think of...

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“Nothing is hard, only new” – navigating interdisciplinary graduate research
Jan13

“Nothing is hard, only new” – navigating interdisciplinary graduate research

In this guest post, Kellen Marshall shares the realistic barriers of interdisciplinary work as a doctoral student. Marshall is a native Chicagoan and current doctoral candidate of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is also the Director of the George Washington Carver Research Station at Eden Place Nature Center on Chicago’s south side. Kellen has used her passion for the field of ecology to...

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