Could #sketchyourscience be key to increasing appreciation of SciArt among ecologists?

Cross-posted on ESA SciComm Section blog

I’m a co-founder of the Ecological Society of America’s new Science Communication Section (#ESASciComm), so I am in a great position to infuse #sciart into #scicomm at ESA. I’ve done so with pleasure in scicomm workshops the past two years.

This year, at ESA’s annual conference/meeting (#ESA100) our section had a booth at which¬†we¬†encouraged folks to sketch their science.

We were blown away by how many people enthusiastically did so.

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A quick sketch, because National Moth Week isn’t quite over

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Moths to the left, butterflies on the right

It’s National Moth Week!

Since moths outnumber butterflies 11-to-1 in North America, there’s lots to see, get excited about, and…sketch!

There’s something particularly fun about sketching moths that are visible/active in daylight – moths like the clearwing sphinx moth (also known as the hummingbird moth). And, even the “millers” that flutter around houses so distractingly can make great subjects. Continue reading “A quick sketch, because National Moth Week isn’t quite over”

Drawn to the West: An “impossible” insect observation?

Cross-posted on www.drawntothewest.com
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There aren’t supposed to be any fireflies in Montana.

At least not the type that blink and flash in a¬†mesmerizing stereotypical way. But, I’m getting ahead of myself, because when I saw fireflies flashing this summer, I didn’t know any of the science behind what I just told you. Continue reading “Drawn to the West: An “impossible” insect observation?”

MT Outdoors published 2 of my water monitoring photographs!

The photos Montana Outdoors published in their July-August issue are some of my favorites.

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My photographs are of children collecting water samples on the Rocky Mountain Front.

In fact, I sent (and reminded) the arts editor of the set of photographs which include these two…several times over the past year or so. Click here to view the photographs and read the article. Continue reading “MT Outdoors published 2 of my water monitoring photographs!”

Drawn to the West: Squirrelly Notions

Cross-posted on www.drawntothewest.com
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There weren’t any squirrels in the town where I grew up.

I didn’t know to remark on that fact when I was young.

It wasn’t until I moved away from home that I discovered two apparent truisms regarding urban squirrels:

  1. Squirrels can be boldly urbane, in their own chattery twitchy way.  
  2. Squirrels occur en masse in every town and city I have since inhabited.
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Despite this, or perhaps as a result, I haven’t thought or written much about squirrels. That pleasant oblivion ended abruptly last summer. In 2014, my typical gardening frenzy was necessarily pared down to a few pots of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs on a borrowed balcony.

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