Resource of the Week: 10 (ten) simple rules for drawing scientific comics

Resource of the Week: 10 (ten) simple rules for drawing scientific comics

Excerpt from the paper Ten simple rules for drawing scientific comics: There are few scientists who haven’t heard of Randall Munroe, the artist behind the web comic “xkcd,” which features amazing graphic explanations on everything from climate change to data storage. These comics are widely appealing to a diverse audience and are posted on walls in laboratoriesRead more about Resource of the Week: 10 (ten) simple rules for drawing scientific comics[…]

#MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle on merging art and science to enhance scicomm

#MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle on merging art and science to enhance scicomm

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. Connect with her @CommNatural and www.ecologicallytruestory.org.

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?

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

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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#SketchYourScience takes off after ESA 2014 workshop

#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

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 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (link to Facebook page) Nocturnal wonders: looking closely at moths New species at risk book written in indigenous languages by GNWT departments ofRead more about Resources: Sketching + beyond[…]