In the context of wildlife conservation and environmental management, public communication is essential.  Conservation success and sustainable development are entirely dependent on people's perception and understanding that may lead to behavioural changes. We, as scientists, therefore need to be able to reach communities, as well as decision makers and politicians, with scientific evidence and science-based solutions to enable that change. I developed strong public communication skills through my postgraduate and work experience, and I ensure my research is communicated back to the communities and decision makers in at least one easy accessible medium.

Newspaper articles

My research has regularly been picked up by newspapers, local and international. My research assistants and I have also written several pieces for local newspapers. See a sample below.

 

Penguins News July 2016

Otago Daily Times July 2016

MercoPress May 2016

Penguin News Apr. 2016

Penguin News Apr. 2016

Penguin News Oct. 2015

Penguin News Oct. 2015

Otago Daily Times Dec. 2012

Otago Daily Times Apr. 2010

Otago Daily Times May 2008


Documentaries and TV programmes

Videos are today a great way to reach the general public about wildlife conservation and environmental management issues. Here are two examples created by Science Communication Masters students during my PhD.

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I also particiated in the TV programs Wild Vet, Meet the Locals, Ushuaia Channel documentaries, local TV news on the Falkland Islands' TV channel etc.

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Presentations

Oral presentations are the best way to enthuse and inspire people about our research. Whether it is a public presentation, a talk at a conference or a workshop, or a seminar at a university or governement agency, I always try to ensure I leave a clear key message. I have one motto about presentation though: Make it simple! I get really annoyed when I go to a presentation and it seems to me like the speaker is trying their hardest to lose the audiance...

 

 

 

Slides of a public presentation in Stanley, Falkland Islands, to explain what Marine Spatial Planning is to the local community (during Farmers' Week).

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Public presentation slides (Falkland Islands Marine Spatial Planning)
MSP_Amelie_FarmersWeek_2015_final.pdf
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Presentation at the Foreign Commonwealth Office -2016- at the Ascension Island Marine Protected Area workshop, on the Falkland Islands' marine spatial planning experience.


Radio programmes

Radio may be an old fashion medium but it seems like many people stil listen to it, in particular in cars. Radio programmes provide interview opportunities to describe some interesting facts about fieldwork, results or thoughts for management. Here is an example available online:

 

Our changing World' on National Radio New Zealand

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Public pamphlets

Whether it be for field work or for interviews the public and visitors to sites should be informed. Producing attractive and simple pamphlets for public distribution can be very effective in communicating and educating the local inhabitants about the work we do and the management and conservation needs of local species and habitats.