KAPOW! ECOLOGY is a weekly comic-strip showcasing some great ecological research. This alternative approach to science communication takes the complexity of a research paper and synthesises the key ecological message via colourful characters, pop-culture references, and engaging stories. I use the popularity of this creative medium to make big topics in conservation and ecology accessible to a broader audience. A total of 21 peer-reviewed research papers were communicated in this way in 2016. We tackled feral predator control through the lens of a Crime Scene Investigation T.V show, altered fire regimes under climate change delivered by courier to some unimpressed Eucalypts, and even explained the concepts of ecological resilience and resistance via a scene from the latest Star Wars movie, just to name a few (see all comics as a collated issue HERE)
This style of scientific communication started with me drawing some of the talks and events of a conference in 2015. It’s a good story. You should check it out.