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Communicating Science


Ben Smethurst

VIP day! Today was a focus where we had media representatives and senior staff of Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston and senior Defence staff from Hobart coming on site. A big part of science is to communicate what has been found and relate the significance to the general public. All the scientist teams on site were busy in the morning sorting out their work spaces to create a display to showcase their exciting findings of the week so far. It was nice to see all the teams sharing their cool samples.

The photo I chose to share was of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Vertebrate Team's display table from Dr. David Hocking and Dr. Judy Clarke who showed plaster casts from prints found across Stony Head. They had displayed the skeletal remains and a cool possum skull. Of keen interest was seeing Dr. Hocking's 3D model software being used to illustrate signs of wildlife in a 3D setting. It's LIDAR capability allowed them to take amazing images of wombat burrows and tracks. The video can be seen here.

A big thanks to the TMAG team for sharing this great work.

Seeing such passionate people communicating their scientific work so clearly and willingly has been great to witness. This morning hopefully will start the process of documenting some of the biological diversity of coastal habitat on the north coast of Tasmania.

I am so grateful to be a recipient of their great communication and I hope this blog article can go a small way into highlighting their great work.