Wildlife Ecology & Conservation in a New Media world order.

Since childhood (and much to my mother’s chagrin) I’ve brought home any animal I could get my hands on. In adulthood, I know better than to try to bring wildlife into the house, but I’m no less obsessed with them. I’m always on the lookout for wildlife sightings when out for a hike, and love the insights camera trapping can give us into the behaviour of wildlife when we’re not around to observe (or scare them). And I’m doing just that as a PhD student with Eric Higgs and the Mountain Legacy Project through the University of Victoria‘s School of Environmental Studies. My research thus far has spanned some fascinating population ecology processes from pollination, mutualism, invasive species, and re-introducing endangered species. And I have the scratches and scars to prove it.

But we also live in this post-truth world where pseudoscience and fake science seems to dominate social media and makes news headlines. To try and understand why this happens, I got a Masters focusing on SciComm from Royal Roads University. This research has earned me a Governor General’s Gold Medal nomination, and a MITACS Accelerate award, I was listed as MITACS 150 for 150, and as a Canadian Wildlife Federation Local Hero. Not bad for a nerd.

I love SciComm in all forms and am especially fond of Twitter (@alinacfisher & @UVicENVI & @AltaWolvererine). I can help you get your message out! From freelance articles, blog posts, video production, social media management, SciComm training and everything in between, I can help. I’m a member of the UVIC Speakers Bureau, but I’m happy to tailor a talk to suit your needs. If you’re looking to make your SciComm stand out, or have me come talk at your event about wildlife or conservation—or both!—please contact me.

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