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The Paradox of “Pests”

Less familiar to you may be nuisance animals such as dolphins that have learned to steal fish from fishermen, macaques that barter with tourists’ stolen sunglasses in exchange for food, and elephants that disable electric fencing with trees in order to raid a farmer’s crops. Instances of human-wildlife conflict like these are not rare, and they may result in death or injury for animals and property damage or hardship for humans (and in some cases, injury and death).

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Quick Tips on Effectively Communicating Science

As scientists, we strive to communicate our research findings not only because our funding sources encourage us to, but because our results are meaningless if they are not conferred to the public, policy makers, and future generations for them to consider and act on. Last week I was fortunate to attend a talk by Dr. Madeline Sofia, an NPR producer on Joe’s Big Idea, in which she outlined important dos and don’ts for scientists who want to become better communicators.

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