My sustained commitment to widening access and public engagement in science has recently been recognised with the University of St Andrews School of Biology Public Outreach Award 2021. Below are details of my active and past public engagement projects and science communication outputs.
Science Communication & Presenting
I am passionate about communicating science to diverse audiences. I have created online videos to explain my research to a wide audience and have spoken at online events (e.g. ‘Excel in Science’ which aimed at inspiring people from underrepresented backgrounds to forge long lasting careers in science). I have worked with Nat Geo Media to create their latest Nat Geo Explores Episode: Why a Whale’s World is a World of Sound. I am creating a species identification video series for the Wild Bannockburn initiative, see the first video below.
Wild Bannockburn and The Bannockburn BioBlitz
The Bannockburn BioBlitz is a free to attend community wildlife event utilising the app iNaturalist to document the biodiversity in our area.
Alongside this I have established ‘Wild Bannockburn’ a hub for wildlife and conservation events in this area.
Partly supported by iNaturalist and National Geographic.
Find out more at www.wildbannockburn.com and watch the video below for a flavour of Wild Bannockburn’s first event!
Songs and Silence
Songs and Silence is an interdisciplinary project which approaches the critical issue of anthropogenic threats to wildlife from an artistic and affective perspective, underpinned by scientific understanding.
As a marine biologist and conservationist currently specialising in humpback whale song evolution, I will work alongside Lisa Hall an environmental humanities researcher specialising in interspecies ethics and Neja Berger, a new media artist who interweaves contemporary sociological issues into her work
Sea Symphonies: A Dundee Science Centre Exhibit
Sea Symphonies presented innovative and interactive opportunities to learn more about the latest research on humpback whale songs.
As evaluation lead I worked closely with information and media designers to create interactive exhibitions and evaluation materials for the Dundee Science Centre Exhibit part funded by the Royal Society and University of St Andrews