This semester, some of my evolution students wrote blog posts over at Evolution, Naturally Inspiring on recent scientific research as an extra assignment. We know there is a need to communicate beyond our institutions. Making the science we do as public as we can is an important part of public outreach. What better way to help educate people about what we do then do show them the process too.
Assignment: Each student selected a paper from the primary literature. In addition to reading the primary source, I asked the students to delve into the broader context of the research. They drafted an initial post which I reviewed and made suggested. My suggested were to aid clarity, rather than provide editorial censoring. I really wanted each student’s voice to shine through the blog post. Student then submitted a revised version of the post for two peer reviews. The final product was a post around 1000-1500 words including some properly cited images.
Goal: To think and writing critically about recently published scientific research on evolution and present that research to a broader audience.
This semester we had a total of seven posts covering many topics in evolutionary biology. Hope you enjoy.
- The Case of the Flying Kiwi by Jessica McLaughlin
- Ardipithecus ramidus; four feet to two by Alexander Morgan
- Jumping Genes and the Evolution of Pregnancy by April Mustard
- Great Tits and Climate Change: An Experiment to Transform Current Prediction Models by Lindsey Klueber
- Inheritance of personality: How much do genes matter? by Katie Rubin
- Going gag for ferns by Margaret Oliver
- EmANTcipation: When captured ants rise against their captors by Alexandria Wenninger