One of the most important aspects of the Liber Ero Fellowship is communicating beyond the ivory tower. It’s critical that scientists learn to ditch the jargon and embrace talking, writing, and sharing why science matters for people and the planet.
We’re glad to partner with Canadian Geographic magazine through an online column to share stories about conservation science. Established in 1930, Canadian Geographic describes itself as “a Canadian magazine that is unapologetic about celebrating Canada”. In each column, a different current or former Liber Ero Fellow writes about where, how, and why they and their mentors work on conservation research. It’s a place for us to describe and celebrate the places, species, research methods, and partnerships that we work on — and explain how our scientific results will help make a difference for species and ecosystems across Canada.
What spiders can teach us about ecology
The spider’s web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place.
By Jean Polfus, affiliation January 2018
A bear in the henhouse
How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay.
By Cody Dey, February 2018
How citizen scientists are helping to protect migratory birds
Conserving at-risk species is difficult when they’re constantly crossing international borders, but digital tools are making it easier than ever to track feathered globetrotters.
By Richard Schuster, April 2018
The truth about bees
To save the bees, we first need to understand them—and recognize their value independent of their role as pollinators.
By Sheila Colla, May 2018
How cattle ranching can help preserve species at risk in Canada’s grasslands
Agriculture can play an important role in protecting and restoring critical habitat on the Prairies.
By Jeremy Pittman, July 2018
The endangered species hiding in plain sight
Hundreds of Canada’s species at risk are plants, and most of them live where we do.
By Jenny McCune, January 2019
This post will be updated as new columns are written.