The rhythm of science, the process of poetry



By The SciBards

The IMCC4 #SciBards all came across poetry separately and met on social media, their shared love of science, poetry, and sciart instantly binding the group. The self-titled SciBards–named after Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon–will be leading the IMCC4 lunchtime workshop “Using a pencilfish to write whales: Communicating conservation and science through poetry” on July 31. Hoping to foster the artistic endeavors of scientists and conservationists, the SciBards will be discussing the rich history of science poetry and poetry about the natural world, using poetry and art for science communication and education, types of poetry, and how to get started writing poetry. Not only a means for scicomm, poetry and other creative endeavors can also benefit scientists, conservationists, and students by serving as an imaginative outlet, a means to vary thought processes, and an inspiration for approaching research and management from a different direction.

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This workshop will discuss theses items, followed by short poetry class and group poetry exercises. Participants will be invited to write poetry throughout IMCC4, to be compiled for the blog.

Anna Zivian, Ocean Conservancy


Anna imbricates science, policy
Now as senior research fellow for an
NGO, Ocean Conservancy, where
Anna looks at conservation,
Marine policy, science, advocacy, and other
Issues. Her background is
Largely eclectic. Her PhD is in
Environmental Studies (UCSC); before
Navigating that, she was in politics –
A Colorado county commissioner:
Zoning was a big issue. Her
Interests are wide-ranging and
Varied. Russian and Soviet Studies undergrad;
In between, competitive skiing;
And throughout it all, a love –
Naturally – of writing, words.

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Université Paul Sabatier
(@connectedwaters, #conservationhaiku)


Once looking up trees,
I returned to wetter grounds,
minding those below.

Of a fishy kind,
I science to help them pass
structures we have made.

Natalie Sopinka, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research


You can find me near the river
Asking salmon if they are stressed
You can find me in the lab
Studying which baby fish behave best

You can read my rhymes online
Of parrotfish, whales and cod
You can read my words in print

On aquatics fantastic and odd

Join me and make a creative habit
Sharing narratives of what we do
Exploring the art of science

With speech, sketches, and poetry too!

Samantha Oester, IMCC4 Chair, George Mason University
(@samoester, #conservationhaiku)


Researcher of water
Examiner of microbes
Communicator of science
Programmer of models
Battler of poverty
Upholder of community
Defender of nature
Supporter of diversity
Promoter of creativity
Conserver of life aquatic


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