Which is scariest: barn swallows, wolf spiders, or middle-schoolers? If you’re Dr. Matt Wilkins, the answer is “none of the above,” because nothing is scary when you’ve braved the amorous wilds of Romanian hostels and run afoul of Russian military personnel while conducting fieldwork in Siberia.
During this week’s episode, Matt shares these stories—complete with bird calls, Russian accents, and the musical stylings of the “veloci-rapper”— and so much more. He tells Jocelyn and Bradley how a longtime fascination with linguistics gave rise to his interest in animal communication systems, which in turn fueled his interest in science communication and his Galactic Polymath ambitions. The friends also discuss key challenges facing science communicators, including common misconceptions about evolution and how Matt addresses these, and Matt’s advice for scicomm-curious researchers.
You can find Matt on Twitter @mattwilkinsbio, and learn more about his research and outreach projects at http://www.mattwilkinsbio.com/.
SciComm 2020: http://www.scicommcon.org/
Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/cso/
More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution:
Humor as a Learning Tool (SciComm 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6RgmDcP42M
Numbat Media: A case study in the challenges of starting an outreach project (SciComm 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5S0tpPlFag
How Much Science is There? (infographic by Randall Munroe): https://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/scicomm/infographic.jpg
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Science! With Friends Podcast is created and hosted by Jocelyn Bosley (@SciTalker) and Bradley Nordell (@bradleynordell) and Produced by the Basement Creators Network. You can find them at https://www.basementcreators.network/
Sound Editing by Vince Ruhl