Advisor: Dr. Robert Scott
I am interested in how we communicate evolution to students and to the general public in a range of media, from the classroom to the newsroom. Additionally, I remain engaged with and interested in the subject of my master's thesis - the taphonomy of early hominins and the ecological dynamics that existed between large carnivores and those small-bodied ancestors during the Pliocene and early Pleistocene, from about 4 to 1 million years ago.
My dissertation is a cultural examination of the ways in which evolution is communicated textually and visually in formal and informal education media (e.g., biology textbooks, classrooms, and popular science magazines and television), and how that contrasts with the language and level of esoteric detail used in peer-reviewed literature. One goal is to better understand the transition of knowledge from the language of scientists to the more accessible language of educators and science writers. Additionally, I will be looking at the intersection of the "evolution-creation debate" over the past several decades and what impact it has had on evolution and general science education over time.
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