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!
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”.
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 🙂
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…
Often, my day starts with doing citizen science by counting birds, determining insects and looking for harbour porpoise in the Kiel Fjord.
Afterword’s, I check mails, read papers, organize next steps and do stuff in my office in the Zoological Museum in Kiel.
More than once a week I ride by my lovely folding bike to the KiSOC office to talk, discuss, have fun and exchange with my colleagues there about science communication and outreach formats, like abut origami whales for doing science communication
Coming back in my office in the museum my colleagues there are great and often we do little jokes together, which makes always lots of fun. Science also can be fun
A god day of science ends with preparations for outreach actions, like to have a talk about the fascinating spermwhale and his unique biology.