Same Figure, Different Audiences

This week’s post will be a newer layout as it with give you an inside to a project meeting. That is where many great ideas are born!

IMG_20160517_145855212Back on May 17th, Jenn Raulin (the Reserve Manager of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve) and Coreen Weilminster (the Education coordinator of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve) met with me (Hi, I’m Kari!) to plan our immersive breakout session for the 2016 Patuxent River Conference.

The primary audience of this year’s PaxCon2016 are informal educators (which happens to be one of the end-users for this project!). This is a new world for me and I am excited to get the opportunity to meet, hear, and speak to educators throughout the Patuxent River watershed.

Jenn, Coreen, and I will be giving an immersive breakout session (another first for me!). The general  presentation layout will be: 1) an introduction to this project, 2) a scientific presentation of data, 3) an overview of how the Maryland CBNERR educators could use this data, and 4) a breakout session tasking attendees to translate the data based on different scenarios.

You can bet that the next few week’s posts will discuss the details above in more depth.

This week’s epiphany!

I am currently preparing my part of the presentation for the 2016 Patuxent River Conference.

During our May 17th meeting, Jenn and Coreen came up with a great idea. Since this is a Science Translation session, it makes sense to show how we have translated data for different audiences.

That is how Figure 1 was born! This image shows the same information (growing season length) plotted 3 different ways based on the targeted audience.

Gigure 1:

Figure 1: The same information can be ‘packaged’ different ways based on the audience.

The first plot is for a scientific manuscript meant for a technical audience.

The second plot is for a white paper summary meant for the CBNERR staffs of Maryland and Virginia.

The third plot is Dave Jasinski’s creation for a general audience and grade school e-book on climate change.

I thought this image truly shows how science can be translated for different user groups and still be informative and substantive.

Stay tuned for more on a technical scientist’s journey (me) to be a better communicator!

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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