You’re invited: 1st major show for “The Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise & Hare”

  Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare: A SciArt & Science Storytelling Exhibition Artwork, narrative & multimedia pieces by Bethann Garramon Merkle 16 November 2017-31 January 2018 Biodiversity Institute, Laramie, Wyoming Free and open to the public I'm delighted to invite you to save the date for the opening of the first…Read more You’re invited: 1st major show for “The Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise & Hare”

Sketchbook Snapshot: illustrating tortoises and hares

"Too much importance cannot be given to drawing, as it is not only an excellent device for securing close observation, but it is also a rapid method of making valuable notes." Inspired by Louis Agassiz, the Harvard Committee of Ten insisted that drawing be an essential part of science education at their institution. While this…Read more Sketchbook Snapshot: illustrating tortoises and hares

Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises & Hares in Tanzania

"There's so much of everything! All of it inextricably tangled together [...] To describe is to select – and to select only a microscopic sample from this overwhelming profusion." So wrote travel journalist Michael Frayan in Travels with a Typewriter, one of several books I read during my month-long research trip to East Africa. Frayan distills…Read more Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises & Hares in Tanzania

Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

This is my first trip to Kenya, and to Africa more generally. So far, it has been a fascinating blend of rural and urban, English and Swahili (and with it a reminder that learning a language isn't a one-month project), and wildlife, plants, and landscapes utterly unlike anything I've ever seen. I've come to the…Read more Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

Project Snapshot: Ecological Principles & Children’s Books

While working on my project on ecological concepts in picture books, I've come across some fascinating research about using picture books to teach science. Here are a couple points that are particularly interesting: Talking animals can confuse children's understanding of why/how animals do things. (Ganea et al 2014) Children don't differentiate between fact and fiction unless…Read more Project Snapshot: Ecological Principles & Children’s Books