How can we make sure that the important messages of science reach more than just scientists?
I think it’s important to engage young people, the general public, and stakeholders in coastal science and contemporary coastal issues e.g. climate change impacts to coastal regions. I dabble in scicomm via a few different routes:
- Occasionally I write about my research and cool things that my colleagues are doing here.
- I sometimes write lousy poetry.
- “Get on Twitter!” they said, so I got on Twitter.
- Back in 2008, I served as Editor-in-Chief of The Iron Warrior, the engineering student newspaper at the University of Waterloo. It wasn’t great journalism, and sometimes the back pages were a little crude by my current standards, but it was a fun little project that fueled my thirst to write.
Relevant Publications/Media Coverage
- Pearson, S.G., Gijon Mancheño, A., Ylla Arbos, C. (2020). Keeping our feet dry and safe from the big water by using lots of very tiny rocks [Oral Presentation]. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2020, Online Conference.[Link]
- Pearson, S.G., Tissier, M.F.S. (2018). The Curious Undular Bore [Poster]. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018, Washington, D.C.[Link]
- “Adaptation: Building Barriers & Building with Nature” by Marco Merola. Web documentary/interview, June 6, 2019. [Link 1, Link 2]
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