I am available to give talks to groups of scientists, birdwatchers, and interested members of the public and to appear as a guest on podcasts to discuss my experiences in science communication. Depending on the interest of the audience, I can cover any combination of the following:
- My winding career path into science communication, by way of wildlife biology and environmental education.
- What science communication can learn from environmental education and interpretation.
- Tips and tricks for working effectively with science journalists.
- How to turn scientific research into an engaging story by crafting a clear “hook” that audiences can connect with.
- The value of inserting your own personality into your science communication.
- How birdwatchers can become effective ambassadors for wildlife conservation by sharing their stories.
If you are interested in having me speak to your group or appear on your podcast, get in touch!
“At the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences retreat, Rebecca gave a great keynote on how emotional hooks and personal stories need to be presented alongside facts to make science communication really effective. I heard students and faculty keep referring back to her tips for the rest of the weekend! It was fun for us genome scientists to learn this from someone in the ornithology world, since we all face similar science communication challenges, and the bonus bird facts were awesome. Would highly recommend Rebecca to any department wanting to up its press release and outreach game!”Kelley Harris, Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington