I consider science communication and public engagement to be a really important part of any scientist’s career. Thus, I’ve tried to do a substantial amount of it. Here are a few examples:
Sitka WhaleFest 2015, Sitka, Alaska
Read all about it here.
SOEST Open House, University of Hawaii at Manoa
On October 23rd and 24th, 2015, the School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) welcomed over 5000 members of the public with the hopes of showcasing the science and research undertaken at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Smith and Drazen Labs made a joint effort, with exhibits on whale-fall and wood-fall communities, Antarctic fjords, ocean trenches, the pelagic deep sea and deep-sea mining. Teachers, students, adults and families all all visited our deep-sea menagerie, expressing their awe and getting hands-on action with everything from cookie cutter sharks and bone-eating worms to Antarctic sea spiders and polymetallic nodules. We were proud open the inky blackness of the deep sea to the community in Oahu , but we were also honored to be reminded how lucky we are to be deep-sea biologists and why we picked this profession in the first place.
Expanding Your Horizons, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Emily Young, Amanda Ziegler and I presented a workshop entitled ‘Journey into the Deep’ during ‘Expanding your Horizons’ at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on April 18th, 2015. ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ is aimed at promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to girls in grades 6 through 8. The workshop gave around 30 girls the chance to get hands-on experience with deep-sea animals from the Antarctic shelf, wood falls and whale falls, and hydrothermal vents. More about ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ in Hawaii here.
Oceans in 30 Seconds
I was the scientific consultant on the children’s book ‘Oceans in 30 Seconds‘ published by Ivy Press. Here is a great review of ‘Oceans in 30 Seconds’ by the Guardian newspaper. You can also buy this book here.
NATURE LIVE and science uncovered, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON
One of the best parts of doing my Ph.D. at the Natural History Museum in London was the emphasis that this institution places on outreach and public engagement. There were so many opportunities to interact with the public and tell them about my work. I was able to chat about my work in ‘Nature Live‘ shows and take part in the annual Science Uncovered.
OUTREACH IN THE BAHAMAS
On a research trip to the Bahamas, we had several schools from the islands of Eleuthera and Spanish Wells come by to learn about how we sample our oceans. The kids and teenagers were given the chance to sample the beach for macrofauna and then look at them under a microscope. They were also able to get hands-on experience with our mini ROV REX. We also did several Nature Lives with the Natural History Museum, London.
Discover Oceanography, University of southampton
On numerous occasion, Dr. Leigh Marsh and I, held interactive sessions for children (10yrs old) to learn about life in the deep sea. They got the chance to watch footage about life at hydrothermal vents around the world, after which they got hands-on experience using the mini ROV REX (VideoRay Pro4 HD) off the National Oceanography Centre dock.
Marine Life Talk, National Oceanography centre, southampton
My talk was entitled ‘Dinner in the deep sea’ and discussed my Ph.D. research on organic falls. Watch the entire talk below.
I’ve also done numerous interviews with various newspapers (Trinidad Daily Express, Trinidad Guardian, Daily Mail) websites (Live Science, Business Insider, Huffington Post, National Geographic) and television channels (CNC3, Africa News Network ANN7) about my scientific research.