Over the years we have shared our research at a wide variety of outreach events and in a vast array of formats, from videos to public events, even through board games! Science communication is something we feel so strongly about and we are always interested in opportunities to publicise our work with new audiences. Take a look at some examples of our outreach work below.
A time of ecological change in the Pacific Northwest
The last two and a half centuries have seen countless changes to the northwest of Canada and the USA. Recently, Dr Regan early gave an online talk with the Royal Geographic Society addressing the explosion in mechanised hunting and fishing, the stripping and restoration of rights to indigenous peoples, gold and silver mining, warfare, and of course climate change in this region. The talk explores the exquisite balance of nature here, including the waxing and waning of the iconic Lynx and Snowshoe hare, the bloody fight between Red squirrels and the spruce trees in which they live, and the Mexican stand-off between Sea Otters, kelp forests, and abalone fishers. Watch the talk above or on vimeo to see Regan discuss how nature is adapting, or not, to the latest onslaught of environmental change.
Summer Sessions 2020
With the covid-19 pandemic rampant, our department couldn’t run its usual outreach events or meet those applying to study with us in person. So we went online. Regan and a team embarked on a series of Summer Sessions, sharing our research and teaching through live seminars, videos, blogs, podcasts and more. Jump into our webinars on Borneo, Plastic Pollution, Lions, or Primates.
Engaging Research Workshop with the Open University
In March 2017, Jamie Cranston took part in a NERC innovation funded workshop at the Open University on Engaged Research. At the end of the week, he presented a short film, communicating the research of three other NERC PhD students and discussing the social and economic significance of research into diversity in plants, soil and animals.
Science in the Square 2016
Our Research group was at the forefront of Exeter University's "Science in the Square", a public engagement event attended by over 2000 people with a young target audience. Regan gave a talk on "Petrifying Plants" exploring the impacts humans have been having on plants and how plants are fighting back.
Which Species Will Survive Climate Change?
"To thrive, species must be quick breeders, unfussy eaters."
Regan discusses species range shifts and more as a result of climate change in a recent article in the Scientific American. Image credit to Anita Stizzoli ©iStock.com.
Science in Society
Science in Society is a level 3 undergraduate module co-taught by Regan Early at the University of Exeter. Students study the two-way interaction between society and science and produce an outreach project that educates or otherwise engages the public in cutting-edge scientific research. Follow the link to discover some examples of the incredible projects students have come up with over the years.
In Natural Symbols, an episode of Shared Planet by BBC Radio 4, a panel of experts from different disciplines choose an object they feel represents our relationship with nature. Hear Regan discuss the Auroch with Monty Don, exploring how our changing connection with nature over time and what we may need to do to ensure we live on a vibrant planet in the future.
Time to move on? Climate Change and Range Shifts
Listen to Regan discuss her new paper and the topic of species range shifts in the face of current and future climate change with The Natural Selection Podcast, created by students from the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation.
Soapbox Science 2016
See Regan Early engaging in an afternoon of Soapbox Science in Exeter. The event showcases the research of women who are making fascinating and vital contributions to the scientific community, and aims to challenge the gendered stereotypes associated with the scientific disciplines.