Bethann Garramon Merkle, MFA is an award-winning science communicator and scicomm researcher.
She has written over 300 articles, and she has bylines and illustrations in several books and publications including Nature, American Scientist, BioScience, Ecology and Society, Natural Sciences Education, Western Confluence and more.
She is a subject editor for the FACETS journal (Royal Society of Canada), an associate editor of the Natural Sciences Education journal (Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies), and the founding editor of the Communicating Science section of The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. She is also the co-founder and co-host of Meteor SciComm, a podcast and professional community.
Specializing in art-science integration and inclusive science communication, she has trained over 2,000 scientists how to share their science with diverse, public audiences and raise funding to do so.
On faculty in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Zoology and Physiology, Bethann teaches science communication courses, conducts research on the efficacy of science communication training and art-science integration, and leads social justice and assessment initiatives for the department, along with contributing to strategic initiatives across campus. She is also director and co-founder of the University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative (WySCI). Through WySCI, she leads a SciComm Certification program and coaches scientists at all career levels to effectively share science and raise money to do so.
As a first-generation college student herself (and having been a cultural and linguistic minority/immigrant in French Canada for four years), Bethann is particularly committed to demystifying the hidden curriculum of academia. In all her work, she strives to make science and science-allied careers more inclusive and equitable, especially as it relates to public engagement and science communication.
I am an award-winning artist/communicator fascinated with science and sustainability. I focus on illustrations that demystify how ecosystems work and editorial projects that connect our everyday lives to the natural world. And, I am passionate about teaching researchers, teachers, and the public how to incorporate the arts and humanities into science work and lifestyle.
My award-winning work can be seen in numerous publications, including a college-level writing textbook I co-authored, along with illustrations in books including And Then There Were None and Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates. My writing and images have also appeared in publications such as American Scientist, BC Nature, BioScience, Camas, Ecology and Society, Fair Chase, Montana Outdoors, Nature, and Western Confluence. Past visual communication projects include photography for Parks Canada and leading professional development trainings for scientists at Harvard Forest, Ecological Society of America annual meetings, and the University of Wyoming’s Science Initiative Summer Teaching Institute.