The art in microbial oceanography – why data visualizations and art are two sides of the same coin

Contributed by Markus Lindh When I visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this December, I was struck by the similarities between the Jackson Pollock collection and data visualizations of microbial oceanography. It may seem surprising, but the processes of science and art are very similar, if not identical. Some of the major cornerstones of... Continue Reading →

Thinking Small: Part I

It isn't easy to study life forms we can't see. It's not easy to talk about them, either. This is the first installment in a series about why and how we (try to) do it anyways. Contributed by Alice Vislova You can imagine that microbes make tricky research subjects, being invisible to the naked eye,... Continue Reading →

To Jargon or not to Jargon

Contributed by Elisha Wood-Charlson Jargon, as defined by Google, consists of “special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.” So, you can imagine why jargon is a natural target for science communication training and workshops. Hey, science jargon even has its own April... Continue Reading →

Why did I become an ecologist?

Congratulations to Carolyn Faithfull for being the winner of our 1st SOESTblog Writing Contest “What drives you?”! Thank you to all of the readers and supporters of SOESTblog and congrats to everyone who entered our contest!     Contributed by Carolyn Faithfull I grew up next to a lake. You could always feel its presence, even... Continue Reading →

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