Ocean Oculus is here to bring you some of the best science & stories from the sea (and occassionally from the other 30% of the Earth)

Behind Ocean Oculus is Samantha Andrews - a marine biologist/ecologist and experienced science communicator (that's me in the photo just below).

I believe that a healthy ocean and sustainable future can be achieved by working together to find actionable solutions. 

Have a project you want to discuss? Got a burning questions? Want to chat about something? Get in touch.

 
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Do you have a story you want to share? Some research to show the world? Ocean Oculus is now accepting guest posts!

Whether you are looking for an experienced science communicator to write for a professional or popular publication, speak for a school, grass-roots, policy, or industry event, run a workshop, facilitate a discussion, or help you edit your own work, do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs.

Training, Workshops, & Speaking

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Making Sense of Science

Aimed at stakeholders and other interested parties, these workshops give non-scientists the skills to understand science, and keep abreast of developments themselves.

Science Communication for Scientists

For scientists at any stage in their career, these workshops offer a range of skills to break science out of the ‘ivory tower’ and increase engagement in science.

Public speaking and media outreach

From grassroots organisations, to school groups, to public events, to conferences, to the media, I am available to speak about ocean related topics, science, life in academia, and the environment.


Content Creation and Writing Services

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Popular science, TECHNOLOGY, policy, & ENVIRONMENTAL Writing

I uncover the stories in - and behind - science, technology, policy, and our environment.

I take even the most complicated subjects and break them down into understandable, engaging, and conversational pieces that connects experts, stakeholders, and other interested parties to the topics at hand.

content for Businesses and Organisations

I can help you change your business - and the world - one story at a time.

Whether you are a company producing scientific instruments, an organisation pushing for sustainability, or an ocean-based industry, you have a great story to tell. Because I know the ocean, science, technology, people, and writing, I can help you tell that story.

Editing Services for scientists, students, and business

You’ve spent hours putting together your document. You’ve had it checked over for structure, formatting, and inaccuracies. Now there is one last thing to be done before you submit - quality checking.

Errors of all sorts can be introduced into your work that are hard to spot. With my proof-reading services, I can help you find and correct those errors.


Bespoke Communication Projects

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If you have something in mind, but it is not listed here under my science communication services or my research services, please get in touch and we can discuss if it is something I can take on - and do the best job possible for you.


A little more about science communication

“HUMAN BEINGS MAKE LIFE SO INTERESTING. DO YOU KNOW, THAT IN A UNIVERSE SO FULL OF WONDERS, THEY HAVE MANAGED TO INVENT BOREDOM." - Death (Terry Pratchett, The Hogfather)

Well lets face it, science and technology is awesome, and the ocean - incredible! Why would we not want to share some of this wonder with everyone?

Aside from science and our ocean being amazingly interesting, empowering non-specialists with knowledge - whether they are choosing what fish to buy in the supermarket, which piece of equipment would do the job they want, or making industry decisions - to help people make informed choices about their own lifestyles, businesses, and governance and ultimately create a more sustainable future for ourselves and those we share this planet with. This need is perhaps most eloquently summarised by the Royal Society ‘The Public Understanding of Science’ report (1985):

“[Science communication] deals with an issue that is important not only, or even mainly, for the scientific community but also for the nation as a whole and for each individual within it. More than ever, people need some understanding of science, whether they are involved in decision-making at a national or local level, in managing industrial companies, in skilled or semi-skilled employment, in voting as private citizens or in making a wide range of personal decisions. In publishing this report the Council hopes that it will highlight this need for an overall awareness of the nature of science and, more particularly, of the way that science and technology pervade modern life, and that it will generate both debate and decisions on how best they can be fostered".

Whether you prefer to call me a science communicator, science educator, science engager, or even a science journalist, my outreach goes beyond a one-way conversation. Whether it occurs in a public forum or 'behind the scenes', questions, discussion, and debate is highly encouraged. It is through conversation that we can understand and learn from each other, and find workable solutions to promote healthy oceans and sustainability.


 Credit: Karen Cox/ Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Credit: Karen Cox/ Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 Credit: Herbert G. Ponting, National Geographic (Public Domain)

Credit: Herbert G. Ponting, National Geographic (Public Domain)

THE PRINTED WORD

Whether for online or in print for industry, professional or trade publications, popular media, specialist magazines, interest groups, blog, government, or policy, my writing combines evidence-based science with the words, language, and context that matter to the audience. 

THE SPOKEN WORD

Workshops, discussions, speaking special interest groups, industry, or trade events, field trips for kids or adults, or even being interviewed for media outlets, the power of personal interaction and storytelling brings about new understanding - and new solutions.

THE SOCIAL WORD

Short sharp science, feature pieces, audio and visual, my social media activity targets both the specialist and non-specialist alike. The goal is to share science, foster understanding, and engage audiences across the globe - and learn a little more about the wonders of the world myself.


Icon Credits (in order of appearance): Workshop by Margaret Hagan from the Noun Project; Universally Understood by Brandon Shields from the Noun Project; Speaking Public by Wahyu Prihantoro from the Noun Project; Copywriter by Gan Khoon Lay from the Noun Project; Magazine by b farias from the Noun Project; Blog by Cuby Design from the Noun Project; Collaboration by Krisada from the Noun Project

I am a marine scientist and experienced science communicator who believes that a health and sustainable ocean future can be achieved by working together to find actionable solutions.


Current Academic Research

"Not all those who wander are lost" ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Life in all its forms is both wondrous an mysterious. For me, I am hooked on those animals that travel through the ocean - those mobile species, the migratory species, that on one day may be found in one location, but on another in a completely different area.  There are many species like this in our ocean. Humpback whales move between Costa Rica and Antarctica – a 5,160 mile journey, whilst leatherback turtles move some 12,744 miles between the west coast of the United States of America and Indonesia. Meanwhile Arctic terns have been tracked flying from the Farne Islands all the way down to Antarctica – a whopping 59,600 mile trip. In addition, many species undergo what is known as ontogenetic migration – basically moving between different habitats at different times in an animal’s life. Salmon begin their life in rivers and streams before heading out to the ocean – and returning again to breed. Juvenile John’s snapper travel from coastal water to large mangrove estuaries and then travel offshore. Similarly, when young Atlantic cod can take advantage of the shelter found in coastal seagrass meadows before moving out into deeper waters. 

My specialist interest crosses several disciplines (and sub-disciplines) - spatial ecology, movement ecology, migratory ecology, oceanography, climate change science to name a few. These help answer fundamental questions like why a particular species, population, or even individual is where it is at any give time. Where will it be tomorrow, in a month, in six months, in a year - and why? What will happen as the ocean continues to warm, as oxygen levels in parts of the seas decline, as ocean acidification increases? Who will adapt and cope with the changing conditions, who will find new homes and new migration routes, who will find nowhere to go? What will these changes mean for other animals these mobile populations interact with - including people who fish the ocean for food and livelihoods?

Moving beyond the what, why, and how comes the 'what can we do'. Using this information we can look to take better care of our ocean, lightening our impact on those species - and those livelihoods - at risk from activities that may harm them.  This moves into management. What kinds of spatial management - like sanctuaries or targeted management zones - will work best to achieve our goals? Do we need networks of sanctuaries? What tools like those designed to reduce accidental catch are also useful in a given situation? And my personal favourite - how can we implement a dynamic ocean management approach - spatial management that reacts rapidly to the changing dynamics of the ocean and its inhabitants to reduce negative interactions with mobile species that don't like to stay in the same place, or that are shifting in response to the changing ocean climate. 


Freelance Research Services

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White & Green Papers, Working papers, & other Reports

Approached with the same scientific rigour as a peer-reviewed scientific publication, I can research and compile unbiased reports for your needs.

Working with you on your unique ocean project

If you have an ocean-related project in mind or would like to use my skills in a service not listed here under my research services or my science communication services , we can discuss the options.

Keeping you up to date with the latest science

Keeping on top of the latest literature can be difficult and time consuming I provide plain-language summaries and links to the latest scientific papers, tailored to your area of interest.

Icon credits (in order): Report by Becris from the Noun Project; Analysis by Becris from the Noun Project; Cooperation by Luis Prado from the Noun Project


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Credit: Pixabay (CC0)

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