I am taking a page out of Hillary’s book and asking you what you want to read about here. So please step right up to the comment box and have at it. Let me know the types of science stories you would like to read about.
The big reason I ask is because last night, when I was doing research on wombats and the mange epidemic (which, sad fact, was made worse by the introduction of species like the fox to Australia by humans, creating a really interesting interaction between introduced and native species, mediated through a third species),I thought to myself, “Do people really want to read about cute marsupials who are afflicted with a rather unsightly and painful disease just because it is illustrative of the interesting dynamics possible through species introductions?”
Turns out, I did not have an answer for myself. I love telling these stories about the way the natural world is actually ridiculous and bizarre. But there is a lot more to science. Heck, there’s a lot more to even the science I’m good at. And then there are the discussions about how science is done (the REAL scientific process), and the ethics of how science is done and communicated.
But I’m into all of this stuff. I do not have a good perspective on what is interesting to other people when it comes to science because every little bit is fascinating to me, including extremely tedious conversations about mathematical models and/or using scat in wildlife tracking. And that is why I need your help. Here are some of the types of stories I was thinking about:
- More weird nature! Bring on the mangey wombats! And the disproportionately tongued moths!
- Contextualizing science news ““ How does it fit within the larger body of research? How will it affect my life? Should I really stop eating food X based on this one study?
- The duty of scientists to the public ““ How should we present our research? What research questions should we ask? Do we interact at all ever and if yes, how?
- Profiles of awesome scientists. Well, fortunately that one was fairly self-explanatory.
So yeah, please, let me know what you think! Thank you bunches.