The scientific community has a responsibility to communicate the importance of primary research to the public; unfortunately this is not always done effectively. As a result, we often fight an uphill battle against misconceptions and ignorance about basic scientific issues that we study. It is incumbent on scientists to make an effort to educate the public through outreach programs about the importance of our research for addressing basic and applied problems in science and society. To this end, we have made efforts to develop relationships with the communities where we conduct our fieldwork, and to contribute to science education through the organization of groups involved in public outreach.

A couple of helpful links:

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution outreach page

Redpath Museum teacher resources

National Center for Science Education (USA)

Jerry Coyne’s “Why Evolution Is True” blog

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Society for the Study of Evolution

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