On Accuracy in Science Storytelling

You’ve probably heard of Peter Wohlleben’s book, The Hidden Life of Trees. It purports to reveal the science of trees and forests, and to show how they’re much like humans. It’s been a huge bestseller, with critics and readers alike raving about it being a “paradigm-smasher.” What you probably haven’t heard, however, is that—in his…

Science Writing: Behind the Scenes

Last week I published an article in Nature. Ha, I’ll bet you thought I meant a scientific article in the prestigious journal, Nature. Nope. I published a Careers Q&A with Dr. Aerin Jacob, a conservation scientist with the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y), based in Canmore. It came out in Nature Careers last Tuesday, and…

Twitter: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The other day I turned on Twitter and was confronted with this tweet: "Your next 10 minutes would be far better spent meditating than reading your Twitter feed." — The One You Feed (@oneyoufeed) September 3, 2017 That morning I ended up spending only a few minutes on Twitter before turning it off to do…

Wednesday on the Web – 9 Aug edition

Better late than never, right? This past week I’ve been out riding my bike on the local rail trail, and it’s been smoky from the BC wildfires the whole time. Sometimes it smells as though they’re right here, that the flames must be licking at the forest just a few hundred metres away. But we…