Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed writing blogs about exciting research by many ecologists and conservation biologists. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the word to a large and enthusiastic audience.
I’m keen to promote more work by early career researchers in the future. Recent blogs on fire in the mallee and estimating the cover of plants, for example, were based on fantastic papers by PhD students. Both posts were very popular with readers.
So this is a call to all the early career researchers who read this blog. If you’d like your work featured, please send me an email.
The benefits are many. Blog readers will be among the first to hear new research findings, many of which get little press otherwise. Busy researchers can showcase their results to an engaged audience, with little extra work. And, if I’m lucky, I’ll spend less time searching for topics and papers to write about.
My criteria for selecting topics to write about is really unscientific. My main concern is, can I think of a way to pitch a story so that readers exclaim: That’s so cool, This information is gold and It’s wonderful to know people are working on this. Or better still, That’s it, I’m going back to uni to study, and Mum I wanna be an ecologist when I grow up. That’s more important to readers than the name of the journal you were published in.
Sound interesting? If so, please email me at ianluntecology [at gmail etc]. Don’t spend time on a cover letter; a sentence and a pdf of your paper is all I need. A few things to note:
- The blogs are not written for researchers, although many do read them. I write papers for scientists and blogs for the world.
- The goal is to re-package your work in a fun, engaging style, and is not to critique or re-interpret your findings.
- To make sure I tell your story properly, you’ll need to answer any queries and fact-check the draft text. I try my hardest to minimize the work for you.
I post a new blog about once a fortnight so can dedicate perhaps 10 posts a year to new work by young ecologists. That’s not many, so get in quick if you’re interested, and pass the word on to others. Send an email or post a comment below if you have any queries.
Hopefully readers will enjoy many more stories about great research by enthusiastic young (and not-so-young) ecologists and conservation biologists in the future.
The videos in last week’s post on mallee fire provided a novel splash of colour and movement. If you’d like to watch more wonderful videos on conservation science, the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) hosted a video competition earlier this year. The top entries are inventive, informative and loads of fun, and are well worth a view. You can watch them all at this link.