Science communication through short films

Scientists are increasingly called upon to communicate the value and importance of their research to the public. We offer undergraduate and graduate seminars that teach students how to effectively communicate their science to a general audience via the production of accessible and engaging short films.  Through a series of workshops, we provide training in developing narratives, basic filmmaking, conducting interviews, and film editing techniques.  Students produce 3-minute films that are later shared through YouTube and during public tours at Bodega Marine Laboratory. This training in science communications has become a regular component of my undergraduate course BIS 124 (Coastal Marine Research). Watch a selection of these fantastic films below!


Examples of short films from BIS 124 students (2018)

Winner of First Place in the UC Davis 2019 Research Rockstars Undergrad Slam Video Contest! Congratulations to Erica & Feifan!

Do snails put all their eggs in one basket? By Erica Kono and Feifan (Michael) Li.

Plastic Tides. By Pete Srivarom and Breanna Xiong. Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2019 Research Rockstars contest!

Sargassum muticum should MutiGO! By Madeline Frey and Thérèse Burns. Winner of Third Place in the 2019 Research Rockstars contest!


Examples of short films from BIS 124 students (2017)

Winner of First Place in the UC Davis 2018 Research Rockstars Undergrad Slam Video Contest! Congratulations to Seth & Hao Hao!

Anemones or Enemies? By Hao Hao Pontius and Seth Strumwasser.