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Science Communication Awards Panel

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We’re delighted to introduce our panel for our inaugural Science Communication Awards (2019).

Our panel is made up of recognised science communicators from within ornithology and wider ecology, with four members, including the Chair, from outside the BOU, alongside the three BOU personnel responsible for delivering our own scicomm. Between them, they have a wealth of experience across all social media platforms, in particular the three primary platforms associated with these awards – Twitter, Facebook and blogging.

The Panel’s first task will be to define the scope of each of two new awards and nomination criteria. We’ll have this available in July!

Dr Chiara Ceci

Panel Chair

Chiara is a naturalist and science communicator. Until recently she worked for the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science coordinating their science communications. Based near Cambridge, UK, she works in Italian as a science writer and translator. Chiara is also a Darwin expert and her research focuses on both Charles Darwin’s work and family life and has recently been appointed as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society.

Find out more about Chiara’s work at chiaraceci.co.uk and find her on Twitter @chiara_ceci

Jody Allair

Jody is an avid birder and naturalist who enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world. He is the Director of Citizen Science and Community Engagement at Birds Canada where he is the co-editor of BirdWatch Canada magazine and the Coordinator of eBird Canada. Jody delivers various science-focused education and outreach programs to audiences across Canada. He has banded Northern Saw-whet Owls on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, spoken about Canada Jays at Ideacity, has appeared on the American Birding Association podcast and has written numerous articles on birds, birding and connecting with nature.

Connect with Jody personally on social media – @JodyAllair – on Twitter and Instagram.

Dr Anthony Caravaggi

Anthony is a Lecturer in Conservation Biology, conservation biologist and ecologist at the University of South Wales. His work is broadly focussed on conducting research that increases our understanding of species ecologies and informs conservation and management processes. He is interested in applying new technologies to conservation questions, and connecting people with science and nature. Anthony is a strong advocate of science communication and created and organises the Twitter-based science communication project, @Biotweeps, among other scicomm endeavours.

Anthony can be found on Twitter @thonoir, Instagram @doc_thon or his personal website arcaravaggi.github.io.

Steve Dudley

Steve is the BOU’s Chief Operations Officer and responsible for all of the BOU’s social media and communications. He has worked in and around ornithology, and in particular science communication, since 1985 including as an RSPB reserves engagement officer, as the BTO’s membership development officer, and, since 1997, running the BOU.

Steve is a passionate science communicator and has been a key driver of the ornithological community’s take-up of social media, in particular Twitter, since 2012. He shares his expertise and experience via the BOU blog and by delivering presentations, workshops and seminars at face-to-face and online events. His scicomm publications include, with Jen Smart, How social are ornithologists? and with Tom Finch and Nina O’Hanlon, Tweeting birds: social media promotes citations in ornithology. With Nina O’Hanlon, he is joint organiser of BOU Twitter conferences (#BOU17TC and #BOU18TC).

You can find Steve on Twitter @stevedudley_.

Dr Christina Ieronymidou

A native Cypriot, Christina studied in the UK where she obtained her MSc from the University of London (Habitat preferences of the Cyprus Scops Owl) and her PhD from the University of East Anglia (Avian Land-Use Associations in the Eastern Mediterranean). Since graduating she worked for BirdLife International as their European Species Programme Officer before returning to her native Cyprus where she is now the Monitoring and Research Coordinator at BirdLife Cyprus. Christina is passionate about science communication and has been the BOU’s Blog Editor (#theBOUblog) since 2013.

You can find Christina on Twitter @cieronymidou.

Dr Nina O’Hanlon

Nina is an ornithologist with a particular interest in seabird ecology and conservation. She is currently undertaking a post-doc at the Environmental Research Institute (University of the Highlands and Islands), focusing on anthropogenic threats to seabirds in the northeast Atlantic. Nina is a member of the BOU’s Engagement Committee as our Social Media Support Officer and with British Birds as a director focusing on communication and social media. She co-authored (with Tom Finch and Steve Dudley) Tweeting birds: social media promotes citations in ornithology. With Steve Dudley, she is joint organiser of BOU Twitter conferences (#BOU17TC and #BOU18TC).

You can find Nina on Twitter @Nina_OHanlon.

Jordan E. Rutter, MSc

Jordan is a life-long birder with a passion for connecting others to the natural world through birds. She is currently the American Bird Conservancy’s Director of Public Relations and serves on the Council of the Wilson Ornithological Society. With an MSc in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and over ten years of experience in the ornithology field, she has a strong science background that helps her better understand current bird research. Having managed the digital communications for other bird organizations (American Ornithological Society, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort) and international events (NAOC 2016, Earth Optimism 2018) has aided in her science communication and outreach to non-technical audiences. 

Connect with Jordan personally on social media – @JERutter – on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; and her website at JERutter.com.
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