Rob Denton

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Science links: Science Studio educates, entertains, and inspires

Whew, I’ve been away from the blog for a bit while I finished my PhD candidacy. Now that I’ve been deemed a competent scientist by my senior colleagues, I have a backlog of blog posts to get to. I’m going to start by pointing you towards Science Studio, a collection of the best science multimedia on the web. This idea comes from Rose Eveleth and Ben Lillie, who are two people behind the equally excellent podcast Story Collider.  So, why is Science Studio cool? Well, finding really good science media isn’t easy. Unfortunately, the best and most effective science multimedia isn’t […]

Beer as a Metaphor for Biodiversity

Check out this great video from MinuteEarth that compares the dynamics of plant communities to the economics of beer. Sounds strange at first, but ends up being a great way to explain the importance of biodiversity to an economics major who is taking there required biology course. Check it out: Make sure to take a look at MinuteEarth’s other videos on youtube and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. 

How do you make science interesting? Make it rhyme and drop a beat.

In general, it is very hard to get people to care about science. I don’t want to force a history major to change his degree to bioengineering. I don’t need a six year old to sign a contract detailing her commitment to being the next Nobel prize winner. I’m talking about just getting someone (anyone!) who isn’t already a scientist to recognize that science exists, science matters, and science can be cool. I watched this incredible video produced by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, and one point in particular stuck with me for the last week. Most of the […]

Southwest Dreamin’

Greetings all! Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) about to say something important. I haven’t posted on this blog for close to a month due to general busyness and time spent traveling. The purpose of my recent traveling has been to make it out to Portal, AZ to help out with the field herpetology class taught at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwest Research Station. This has been my first time west of Yellowstone National Park, and oh boy I have had a fantastic time so far. My labmate Matt Holding demonstrating how to safely handle venomous snakes for research purposes. […]