We are excited to announce the LTER Visual Media Webinar Series, a three-part webinar series featuring experts in science communication using visual media.

This series is made possible by the dedicated efforts of  LTER Graduate Student’s Event & Initiatives Committee with support from LNO. If you have ideas for more events that you would like to see in the future or want to learn how to get involved with the LTER Graduate Student Committee, don’t hesitate to reach out via delarosa@nceas.ucsb.edu.

Webinar participants may also submit their own work for discussion during the last 30 minutes of the webinar. Submit work at: https://lternet.edu/visual-media-submissions.

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Kelso Harper

April 19, 2024, 10am PT/1pm ET

Kelso Harper works across visual media and science journalism, from photography to podcasts to video. They currently run Scientific American’s vertical video operation.

Kelso will present on their career in multimedia journalism, covering strategies for capturing content, generating ideas, and general career advice.

Kelso has previously worked as a writer, producer, editor, and host for outlets like WIREDSciencePopular Mechanics, Retro Report, and TED Ed, and has degrees in chemistry and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and MIT.

Kelso’s presentation will be followed by a 30 minute show and tell, where participants receive feedback on their own work. To submit media, upload files to the link below by April 12, 2024.

Past Webinars:

Jasiek Krzysztofiak

Friday, Feb. 9 at 8am PST/ 10am CST/ 11am EST/ 4pm GMT

Jasiek Krzysztofiak is an award-winning information designer, working as Senior Art Editor for the science journal Nature in London. With his team at Nature they aim to communicate complex scientific stories visually in a coherent and engaging way using explanatory diagrams, data visualizations, infographics and illustrations. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and later studied the postgraduate Information Design program at the University of Reading.

The 45 minute webinar will be followed by a critique of graphic design work from around the network. Submit media by February 2 for possible critique at the link below!

Jen Christiansen.
Credit: Liz Tormes

Science Graphics with Jen Christiansen

October 6, 2023, 10am PT/1pm ET

With a career spanning over a decade as a graphics editor at Scientific American, Jen brings a wealth of knowledge in scientific illustration, data visualization, and science-art communication. She the author of the highly regarded book “Building Science Graphics” and her freelance work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, The Cooking Lab, Intellectual Ventures, as well as McGraw Hill and The Rockefeller University publications. Her science illustrations and graphics illuminate complex concepts for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Jen and others provided several useful links in the course of her talk: