• Danielle Hoefele

SWCC Blog: When Your Research Frightens the Public

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

This summer, my first post for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada was published. I wrote about how fear can making science communication difficult, especially in entomology. I used the (one) Japanese Giant Hornet found in Vancouver as an example of public panic.

One month later, experts confirmed that several of these hornets have been found on Vancouver Island... oops.

Regardless of the foot in my mouth, I’m quite proud of my first blog post. Read it here. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the giant hornet, and if you see it, report it.

My own terrifying research organism, the European Fire Ant, trying to simultaneously sting and bite me. She can't do either through my nitrile gloves. And yet, she persisted.


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