Why SciNatura was born

I’ve been thinking about starting an environmental science/higher education/PhD life blog for quite some time now. I have three main reasons for creating SciNatura

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1) Everyone Can Make a Difference

I am currently in the second year of my PhD and as I continue to develop my project, I become more and more convinced that engagement with the general public is a key part of improving the health and sustainability of our environment.

In certain fields, like cancer research, it is the expert researchers, those who spent a decade in school and countless years learning and researching, who will someday find the cure for cancer. While the issue is incredibly near and dear to many people’s everyday life, it will take the experts to solve the problem. With environmental issues, it’s different. We still need the researchers, because there is still a lot we don’t know and we have so many problems that need solutions. But, the every day person, aware of the many looming environmental issues of this planet, CAN help to solve the problem.

There are countless things that each and every one of us can be doing in our daily lives to affect change. And that is why communication between those researching environmental issues and the general public is so important. We need everyone to be involved in solving these issues! Because everyone is affected by them, no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do.

2) Because I Love What I Do!

I’ve kept coming back to the idea of having a science blog because the idea really excites me. I thought of the name SciNatura ages ago (stay tuned for a future post elaborating on my site name!). As I worked on my research and course work, my internet searches and literature searches, books I’d read and blogs I’d follow, I kept thinking “Hey, that would make a great post!” or “THAT would make a great blog series idea”. The idea of having my own science blog excites me.

But even more, I LOVE what I do! I didn’t choose to spend a decade in higher education because I hate learning. I find it fun! I find water science, habitat and ecosystem conservation and restoration, and environmental sustainability fascinating. Through my education, I feel empowered to make a difference in the world. And I want to share that passion with others. There was so much about our planet that I knew nothing about, I knew so little about the enormous environmental issues we face, and I had no idea what I could personally do to affect change. But, that all changed as I progressed through my education. Now, I want to help other people learn and discover more about our Planet Earth.

3) To Help Me Become Better

I go into my personal background a little more in the About Me page, but no matter my status in academia (graduate student or faculty member), I will never stop learning. I will always be reading. And thinking. And reflecting. I want to use SciNatura as a means to foster that. I hope to do this in three ways:

  • As a researcher and academic, writing is a crucial skill. Keeping a regular blog, with a variety of different types of posts, will help me hone my writing skills. Additionally, I hope SciNatura will keep me writing regularly, something that is sometimes hard to stick to.
  • I love to read. I read at work and I read in my free time. Unfortunately, there’s always so much to do that sometimes reading get’s pushed to the wayside. By having a “What I’m reading” post series, I create accountability for myself to always keep reading.
  • I learn by teaching. Sharing ideas and explaining something to someone else is a great way to reinforce your own learning. You never know how well you know something until you attempt to teach it to someone else! By keeping this blog, and talking about what I’m learning, I hope to cement new ideas I’m studying, while at the same time practicing my own teaching skills.

“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”—Andrew Sullivan
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