Ecosystems

The ecological systems that suppport all life, including ours

Global Change

Humans are changing the earth, causing global warming, biodiversity loss and pollution

Anthromes

Anthropogenic Biomes (anthromes) are the global ecosystems created by humans

Sustainability

Understanding the processes that sustain human populations and their ecosystems

Methods

Tools and techniques for landscape and global ecology

Home » Methods

Blogging on!

Submitted by on March 25, 2015 – 1:29 am

Kuehne and Olden. 2015. PNASThe Human Landscapes Blog is back! Last year, I began an upgrade to WordPress – and got stuck- much harder than expected.  More importantly, after starting to use twitter (@erleellis, @ecosynth, @globalyzer), I’d basically stopped blogging.

Yet, I’d been feeling that something was missing – twitter isn’t a real replacement for blogging about the papers we publish and the work of others that inspires us. Today, a nice paper came out in PNAS (Kuehne & Olden 2015) on how important it is for scientists to publish “Lay summaries” of our research- to make good on our social contract. Scientific understanding – and our struggles to gain it – are just too important to keep within the ivory tower.  We need to tell our stories. 

I started blogging in August 2008 and encouraged my students to blog. I tried to make sure that we posted about each of our papers as they came out. The blogging format remains a challenge- and a learning experience. Some of the early posts could have been better.  But the practice of blogging has definitely improved my skills in communication and helped to get the word out.   

So, here’s my first blog post in more than a year, with more to come!

References Cited

Kuehne, L. M., and J. D. Olden. 2015. Opinion: Lay summaries needed to enhance science communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:3585-3586.

Tags:

Leave a comment

Add your comment below. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar