3 reasons why we should tell stories about scientists, not just science.

1. Human details tangibly bring Conserving Quebec caribou_Ia story to life.

Being able to relate to a researcher is key to having an interest in what that person researches. When a science story includes the scientist, a reader can hope for a quirky anecdote, a personal revelation that is highly intriguing, or even a zany description of the scientist’s physical attributes. Continue reading “3 reasons why we should tell stories about scientists, not just science.”

Turning a home movie into sciart

I’ve been exploring the intersection between sketching on location and eco-communication inspired by life a lot lately.

So, I couldn’t resist doing an eco-comm piece when I saw a couple of casual videos of my goddaughters exploring the Museum of the Rockies, a world-class dinosaur museum in Bozeman, MT.

This illustration was made by pausing the video, listening very carefully to one of the little girls describing her reaction to the museum, and sketching rapidly with Adobe Photoshop and an old-school Wacom drawing tablet (nearly as old as the fossils below).


Dinosaur museum_v7  (04.15.2014)






Sketching Tip: 4 time-saving tips that can transform your field sketch from a scribble into a useful scientific illustration

Beetle & Kinnickinnick_post iconDo you enjoy sketching or illustrating your work or field site?

Me, too.

You probably agree that illustrations are like research – they are often more meaningful when shared.

On the other hand, do you dread what it takes to get your sketches into a functional digital format?

So did I. Continue reading “Sketching Tip: 4 time-saving tips that can transform your field sketch from a scribble into a useful scientific illustration”

How did CommNatural help your project succeed?

My happy clients (current and past) include organizations such as Parks Canada, publications such as Montana Outdoors, and numerous researchers, small businesses and nonprofits across North America.  Click here to see lots of specific things they have said about how my services helped their project succeed.  

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  1. what your project was,
  2. what challenges you faced that I helped you address, and
  3. how the outcome of your project might have been different if you had not invited me to contribute.

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Why a science adviser?

Because scientists know how to do science.

"Science in action" photography
Bison ecologists showing how much FUN science can be.


Jerod is a wildlife ecologist aiming to be a professor in the not-too-distant future. His statistical and theoretical skills provide a powerful compliment to Bethann’s. When we collaborate with you, the result will be a project that says what you mean to say, without compromising scientific accuracy.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Jerod.

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Biology (Université Laval)
M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (University of Montana)
B.S. in Rangeland, Watershed, and Wildlife Resources with emphasis in Wildlife Science and minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Arizona)

Jerod says:

I am currently a Ph.D. student at Université Laval, studying the behavioral mechanisms behind spatio-temporal dynamics of populations.  My work is based on field observation, aerial surveys, and GPS collar-based movement data of free-ranging plains bison (Bison bison) in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan.

In addition, I have a wide range of research and conservation interests, ranging from predator-prey dynamics to reducing human-wildlife conflicts.  I anticipate a research-based career, and look forward to contributing to advancing ecological knowledge, and enhancing management and conservation of wildlife populations.  More at Jerod’s research website.

I also am keen to go hunting, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking when I can, but when I am at home I like cooking, eating good food, tinkering with things, and thinking about being outside.