Listen: Dr. Toomey featured on Emerging Environments Podcast
Associate Professor Dr. Anne Toomey was the featured guest on an episode of the Emerging Environments podcast titled “From Persuasion to Connection: Better Communication of Environmental Science.”
The podcast summarized the conversation as follows:
“In our conversation, we chatted about Anne’s early forays into environmental science. As a graduate student she spent a significant amount of time in Nicaragua studying sustainable farming practices, and then in Bolivia investigating the impact of local scientific studies, and the subsequent transfer of knowledge to local communities.
We wanted to connect with Anne after coming across her recent article titled “Why facts don’t change minds: Insights from cognitive science for the improved communication of conservation research”, which was published in the journal Biological Conservation earlier this year. In our chat, we walk through the different sections of Anne’s article to explore some of the barriers and pathways for effective communication of conservation science. These included the role of the individual vs. collectives for engaging with science and making systemic change, tapping into alternative science communication channels and focusing on authentic interactions as opposed to strategies of persuasion.
It was a very engaging conservation about a challenging topic, and we hope you’re able to find some insights to carry forward in your own interactions with science.
So with that, we bring you our conversation with Dr. Anne Toomey.”
Read Dr. Toomey’s article “Why facts don’t change minds: Insights from cognitive science for the improved communication of conservation research” in Biological Conservation.
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