Let’s face it; in this day of both social media and an often ill-educated general public, all of us who write about any aspect of science are involved in science communication – or as it is often identified in a hashtag, #scicomm. Consequently, we have a responsibility no only to engage our readers but to inform them in a way that they will not only remember what we wrote but also not be confused by the manner in which it was written.
When a new volume from the Animalibus series, Mary Sanders Pollock’s “Storytelling Apes; Primatology Narratives Past and Future” recently arrived on my desk, I made an immediate mental note: “don’t make any initial assumptions about this book – just read it from cover to cover and see where it takes you.”
Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re a male Lissopimpla excelsa wasp in the prime of your reproductive life. You’ve been buzzing about over the local Australian flora for the better part of the morning looking to make contact with a female who’s “a bit of a go-er” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more). […]