Nena’s work is a little blue and glittering rainbow fish

For February’s #scicommchall, Nena writes:

“My work is like the little blue and glittering rainbow fish,
colourful like the biodiversity I experience daily again and again,
lively like the nature I am working in,
glimmering like the eyes of children they discover the live around them,
friendly like the people I am allowed to speak every day!”

Love it! What would your work be if it was an animal?

If your work was an animal, which one would it be and why?

February’s #scicommchall is brought to you by Nena:

If your work was an animal, which one would it be and why?

Excited like a mating cock? Clever like a red fox? Like ants – looking chaotic but more organized we can imagine?

During remembering a talk of a professor last year, the #SciCommChall for February was born. He was asking his pupils “If maths was an animal, which one would it be and why”. One girl was answering “Maths is like a spider, just hit down”. Another little child compared math with a lion “full of respect”. Interesting was the answer of a boy who said “Math for me it’s like a hippo, first you are scared and later you are fascinated”.

So, take up the challenge in work and live and tell us which animal is reflecting your work!

December’s #scicommchall: Nena is looking at forests “from all sides”!

Nena shows us the different sides of a forest and writes:

It’s more than just a forest, …

…it’s a place to live for several thousands of species, …

…it’s also a place to live for us as human beings, …

…it’s also a place of destruction and too much consumption, …

…it’s also a place to have best times with old friends, …

…and it’s the biggest playground on earth! …

… Be careful with our forest, they so much more than just trees next to each other!



Nena’s three amazing #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall!

Let’s start off September’s #scicommchall — making a #scicommbookforkids — with a bang! Nena is, as always, overdelivering in the most amazing way. She shows us not one, but three cute and educational books!

The first book presents the beautiful world of tits and how you can distinguish them based on morphological characteristics.

The second book is a little “where is Waldo?”-like game, except you have to discover perfectly hidden animals.

The third book presents the variety of tiger-colored animals.

I am so impressed!!!

Nena’s #SciCommChall: Organizing a museum collection

Nena is sharing another “science on the breakfast table” idea with us:

Can you find the same species in the insect box?
Collections are the heart of a museum. To be able to overlook the over hundreds or even thousands of species, you have to establish order. Here you can see how we create a “bee-mess” into a “bee-system”. The same species, which can be make up based on colour, shape and patterns, were put together and related species were attached to them in the same insect box. Every specie is getting a number and this number is listed in a small book for this certain “bee-collection”.


Nena’s LOLmythesis for #SciCommChall: Invasive species edition!

What happens when Japanese crabs sail into the North Sea and Baltic Sea?

Nena writes:

Invasive species were transported by humans into foreign habitats. This can happen for example with ships, were crabs are sitting on the body of the ship or their planktonic stages were carried far away through ballast water. What happened with the native ecosystem, the native species and the marine environment, if an invasive crab species were introduced from Japan into the Baltic Sea? This question is a big topic in the field of global transportations over sea, environmental protection, biodiversity, and in my master thesis 🙂

Translation: “What happens when Japanese crabs sail into the North Sea and Baltic Sea?”

Crabs and their habitat — Nena’s brilliant contribution to #SciCommChall!

Nena has come up with a new, amazing contribution to #SciCommChall: She created a riddle that can be used to engage young and old with crabs and their habitats. Do you know which crab belongs where? Hint: Look at sizes of legs and eyes, they give clues as to which habitat a crab might be happiest living in…

See the solution behind the cut! 🙂

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