EcoGists: Short audio abstracts giving the essence of a paper

An interesting way to communicate science not only to scientists but also to the general public who do not have the time or the basic knowledge to fully appreciate all the outcomes of a science paper. Great idea.

Journal of Ecology Blog

We are introducing a new type of podcast: the EcoGist.  These are short (from 1 to 2 minutes) podcasts in which the author or I briefly describe their paper, with motivating question, how they did it, what they found, and what it means. Consider EcoGists as an elevator pitch for a paper.

What does the name EcoGist mean? The “Eco” part obviously represents “Ecology”, while the “Gist” part is just the word gist, that means the essence of something.

Why EcoGists? We do longer form interviews of 10 to 15 minutes. These dive deeper into each paper, and  you really get a sense for the author and their research. However, these are likely a bit long for some people who don’t have 10-15 minutes to give to a podcast. So these shorter 1-2 minute stories will still give the gist of the paper.

The first EcoGist comes from Maud Bernard-Verdier of…

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