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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Nena’s #DayOfScience as part of June’s #SciCommChall !

Nena has recently started the super interesting Instagram @nena_weiler which you should totally check out! In response to June’s #SciCommChall, Nena writes:

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.

Nena’s take on the May #SciCommChall: 10 pictures illustrating her work!

In response to the May #SciCommChall, Nena has picked 10 images that represent her work. She writes…

The baseline of my project is the 14-metre long sperm whale skeleton in the Zoological Museum in Kiel. The fascinating biology of this marine mammal makes him to be the perfect exhibition object for my study.

With the help of virtual reality, we want to show the biology and ecology of whales in an understandable way. Therefore, we have three main target extensions

1) to visualize the complex evolution of whales from a mammal on land to one in the sea

2) to provide a fundamental understanding of the interactions of skeleton, muscles and organs

and 3) – the focus of the study – to clear about the connection of whales to the anthropogenic underwater noise.

Regarding to our third aim we want to study the assessment competency of our target groups – a wider society of teachers, students, pupils, visitors, families –  about the topic “underwater noise and whales” and the transfer of knowledge through virtual reality media in an informal learning placethe museum. Next to this, we started an inclusion project for visually impaired people – also they should make great experiences about the whales and their biology and get to know the structure of the sperm whale skeleton with a 3D model.

To do this, there is a lot of passion about whales and the aim to help people see their fascination and and a lot of motivation to manage this project from best friends to do it.

Join – learn – be astonished

Nena’s research project in one sentence

Nena has recently started the instagram channel nena_weiler where she posted her response to the January #SciCommChall — her thesis in one sentence (which she kindly let us share here, too):

“I would like to know your opinion on the fact that animals that are louder than the Frankfurt Airport can’t communicate with each other any more”

How do whales sleep?

Nena had yet another cool idea for our March #SciCommChall “science on the breakfast table” and she created the graphic below that would be amazing on, for example, a box of corn flakes. She writes:

The sleeping behaviour of whales and dolphins is fascinating and different in every specie. We want to present you amazing facts about how marine mammals sleep and how it works.
Very special in all of them is their ability of an active regulation of breathing. Humans breathe automatically, whales can control their breath. How they deal with them during sleeping varied from whale to whale.

Learning about whales from a milk carton? Nena’s response to the March #SciCommChall !

Nena writes:

At first sight whales don’t look to be very athletic, because mostly they huge and it seems they not really moving fast in the ocean. But they are! Since my research project deals with whales, I came up with the idea to show people what whales enormously perform during their live.

On the one side of the milk carton the riddle starts with a short story about five kids be on holiday on different places to different times. All of them see whales and we print their pictures of the fluke connected to where and when they have been seen. The viewer now is asked to notice which fluke where seen twice and thus to recreate the migration way of them on.

The “riddle” side of the milk carton. Click on the images to enlarge!

On the other side of the milk carton, I present the solution to the riddle and explain why they have to travel these routes.

The “solution” side of the milk carton. Click on the images to enlarge!

Read more about humpback whales below the cut (in german)

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