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.

Continue reading “Could #sketchyourscience be key to increasing appreciation of SciArt among ecologists?”

Drawn to…conferences? How sketching can enhance your science conference experience

A version of this article is cross-posted on the ESA SciComm Section’s site.


Everyone can learn to sketch. Even you.

And there are plenty of reasons why you should seriously consider trying it like I advocated on last month.

Researchers have demonstrated that drawing (even without training) can:

There is even evidence that collaboration between scientists and artists may result in better science. Continue reading “Drawn to…conferences? How sketching can enhance your science conference experience”

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”

July newsletter: Sketching clouds, data on value of arts for scientists, and more!

I spent the past few weeks in Montana and Alberta, where the skies are vast and full of clouds.

I was there to teach a few classes, so July’s newsletter shares some of the material I was teaching.

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Click here to subscribe – future editions full of ideas, inspiration, and references will come straight to your inbox.

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This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: Drawing clouds
  • Artful Science: Scientists on professional benefits of drawing skills
  • Artful Classrooms: Visual note-taking
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Montana & Alberta road trips
  • News & Events: Subscriptions now available for Drawn to the West!

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NOTE: The CommNatural newsletter is distinct from my blog. The newsletter focuses on drawing in SciArt, while the blog deals with a range of SciComm topics. So click here to view the newsletter archive and click here to subscribe. Curious what’s the difference? Here’s a straight forward breakdown.

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

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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?”