December 6th, 2016
Somewhere, in the Atlantic Ocean
To those that have visited this site before, you might have noticed a few changes. Mainly, while I’ll still be writing under the alias ‘Baron von Urchin’, I have decided to rename this site as ‘Lowercase science’. This decision was reached after many long conversations I’ve recently had with colleagues aboard a research vessel. Born out of a desire to increase interdisciplinary, and international, collaboration, some fifty-odd scientist-students sailed on a research expedition together on a one-month voyage from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov.
While we all came from many different backgrounds, both academically and culturally, nearly all of us, in some way, shape or form, are studying the affects that humans are having on the Earth’s climate system. Although we’ve had many lectures, discussions and workshops related to our various fields, we also spent a lot of time discussing climate change from a science-communication perspective. One of the main points that came from these lengthy discussions was the perception of “Science” and of “Scientists”.
Most people have no idea how we do what we do, how we spend our time or what motivates us to keep on keeping on. More often than not we’re perceived as Scientists, with a capital S, in our ivory towers. Here, I would like to break down that barrier, and talk about science without the pomp, without the vain terminology, without the elitism or mystic vail. We’re people just like anyone else; brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, friends, truth-seekers. And we would love it if you joined us on this journey.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what truth-seeking is all about. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand, or your voice.
This blog will still serve as your destination for anything phycological (remember, algae are always interesting!) but with more of a science-communication twist. So, please feel free to join the discussion, and write in at any time.
Baron von Urchin
Pike Spector is currently a Research Operations Specialist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary