I am a firm believer that science should not stop at the walls of the Academy. Rather I think in order to bring about the most effective conservation from our research it is critical that we explore a variety of avenues to bring the science to the public. I routinely travel to Fiji with a professional science communicator. In 2013, I was able to travel with Helen Scales, in 2014 and 2015 I traveled with Meehan Crist, who has blogged about our trips here and here.
Short videos are a great way to get information out to a wide variety of audiences. I have a TedEd talks up about my connectivity work in Fiji here and one on the importance of museum collections here. While a postdoc at the Field Museum I was fortunate enough to work with a couple of great videographers. You can see the results here and here. I have also been working with TedEd to create a series of videos about my work in Fiji and why museum collections are important. Students Amy McDermott has used this medium to look at the lives of larval fish while Erin Eastwood tells us the fascinating history of the discovery of the coelacanth.
Our PLOS on shark toothed weapons paper was picked up by several news sources including the BBC, National Geographic (and again here), the Smithsonian, The Week (who demoted me back to postdoc status), the LA Times and, incongruously, both Rachel Maddow and Fox News. I was also on the air on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Pacific Beat. Additionally, we have been featured in Archaeology magazine here.
For coverage on connectivity within Fijian coral reefs check out Radio New Zealand’s coverage here.