Outreach, Teaching, Science Communication, & Service

WikiProject Limnology & Oceanography

WikiProject Limnology and Oceanography is a working group of aquatic scientists and Wikipedia editors who aim to improve the reliability and accuracy of publicly available aquatic information on Wikipedia. As the 5th most popular website worldwide, Wikipedia is a platform for broadly sharing information related to inland waters and marine environments. Our project works to provide tutorials, edit-a-thon activities (i.e. focused Wikipedia editing time), and community to encourage aquatic scientists to share their subject-matter expertise on Wikipedia pages. We strive to diversify the editor base and aquatic science topics on Wikipedia to help reduce common biases in Wikipedia.

Check out the WikiProject L&O website. You'll find tutorials and information about how and why to edit Wikipedia pages. You can also add yourself as a participant!

Follow us on Twitter to find out about future workshops and edit-a-thon activities.

Instructional Videos:

As part of our Wikimedia Foundation grant, we promised to make informational videos that could be used to motivate and teach folks how to add their (and disseminate free!) aquatic science knowledge to Wikipedia. We collaborated with an incredible filmmaker, Elizabeth Joy Herzfeldt-Kamprath, to create two fun short films: a motivational one and another that introduces you to the basics of editing Wikipedia. Check them out! And use them!

Publications:

Kincaid DW, Beck WS, Brandt JE, Brisbin MM, Farrell KJ, Hondula KL, Larson EI, & Shogren AJ. 2021. Wikipedia can help resolve information inequality in the aquatic sciences. Limnology & Oceanography Letters 6: 18–23. DOI [PDF]

Stachelek J, Hondula K, Kincaid D, & Shogren A. In press. Ripples on the web: spreading lake information via Wikipedia. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin DOI [Request PDF]

K-12 STEM Education & Outreach

As part of my post-doc, I partner with VT EPSCoR's Center for Workforce Development to bring our research in the Lake Champlain Basin to K-12 STEM classrooms in Vermont.

As a Science Outreach & Education Fellow and an NSF Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), I collaborated with a network of rural K-12 STEM teachers to build capacity for educators to bring inquiry-based science education that met Next Generation Science Standards into their classrooms and schoolyards.

Visit the KBS GK-12 Project website to check out an extensive library of lesson plans developed by me and other graduate STEM fellows for K-12 STEM educators.

Check out the STEM teacher professional development workshops I helped lead for the KBS K-12 Partnership. You'll find information about the workshops and resources for your K-12 classrooms: