Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 3: Deputization and Donation

Sorry this post is a long time in coming. My dissertation caught up with me and I’ve been pounding away at that for the last two weeks. Now, more on social media and science! So far I’ve tried to show that social networks are big, and are increasingly the medium that people are using to … More Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 3: Deputization and Donation

Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 2: Collaboration and Education

My more candid readers have pointed out that I promised to convince you that scientists should be on social networks and my first post in this series managed only to demonstrate that social networks are big. I didn’t want to belabor the point but hopefully I also partially convinced you that people are making big … More Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 2: Collaboration and Education

Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 1: The Setup

I want to elaborate on my ideas for social media and science over the next several days in four parts. My goal is to both clarify the arguments in my mind and to present a more in-depth resource for those interested in learning more than my poorly-captioned slideshows can tell. I hope these musings will … More Harnessing Social Media For Science: Part 1: The Setup

Slides: Harnessing Social Media for Science

On Friday, I led a workshop at the Student Conference on Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City outlining some of the ways Scientists can tap into social networks. I’ll elaborate on these ideas in the coming days but I wanted to post my slides for reference. I had … More Slides: Harnessing Social Media for Science

Environmental Education and Social Media

Billions of tweets are sent each month and we’re fast approaching 1 in 5 people globally signed up for a Facebook account. Yes, globally. Social media venues are here to stay and their users are ready and willing to spend a great deal of time and (increasingly) treasure in these internet realms. For all this … More Environmental Education and Social Media

Open Access to Federally Funded Science

The momentum behind opening access to scientific publications got a big boost this week with a directive from the White House for large, federally-funded agencies to make publications and data publicly available. The announcement was made in part in response to a “We the people” petition created last May that has since generated more than … More Open Access to Federally Funded Science

Crowd Funding Science

Research is expensive! Most ecology research is funded through grants, the largest of which are dolled out through the National Science Foundation (NSF), which, ultimately, is paid for by taxes. This means that every taxpayer, in a small but very real sense, is helping to pay for research on climate change, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem … More Crowd Funding Science

Guest Repost: Lizards, Leaf Blowers, and the Value of Basic Research

With all the fanfare about the lizards and leaf blowers there were a lot of unstated (and stated) questions about “what’s the use?” I headed off the questions when they were directed at me (or when I found them on twitter) but Don Lyman, who’s been following the Boston Lizard story for a while, wrote a … More Guest Repost: Lizards, Leaf Blowers, and the Value of Basic Research