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Perrin Ireland, Sr. Science Communications Specialist, San Francisco

Perrin Ireland

I’ve been a doodler my entire life, a learner who needs to visualize concepts in order to understand them. When classmates began asking for copies of my notes from biology class to hang on their refrigerators in college, I realized I was on to something, and I’ve been a professional science doodler ever since. Beyond being completely beautiful and fascinating, science affects nearly every area of our lives today. In order to be an active member of this democracy, and to secure our environment for the future, people need to know how science works.

My job here at NRDC is to help tell the story of how science plays a part in our work. Science is NRDC’s bedrock, and we rely on it to inform all of our positions and actions. I work with the Science Center and Communications Department to produce stories about how we know what we know, and why we care about it. Join me as I explore some of the science underlying environmental issues on this blog.

Recent Posts

#scio14 Scribes

Posted March 7, 2014 by Perrin Ireland

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Hey everyone! The ScienceOnline 2014 scribes are collected in a set on Flickr. Will post more over time about the dynamic conference- especially feeling inspired about diving into science of science communication more deeply- but for now, here are the...continued

How that tiny stream flowing by your back door is important to the whole world

Posted January 16, 2014 by Perrin Ireland in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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This post originally appeared on GOOD. You know that little stream near your house that you can sometimes step into when it’s dry, and sometimes have to jump over, because it flows for a couple of weeks a year? Turns...continued

Scientists Speak Out on Harm of Research Hiatus

Posted October 11, 2013 by Perrin Ireland

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  Last Saturday, Caitlin MacKenzie finished setting up the common gardens in Acadia National Park that will provide data for her PhD research on the effects of climate change on plants. The setup was a two-week team effort — 270 trees of...continued

Dr. Ted Labuza on Slime, Bombs and Rot

Posted September 20, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Originally published at Scientific American Blogs.  It’s not that I thought food science was boring before I interviewed Ted Labuza, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Food Science and Engineering at University of Minnesota, but let’s just say that before...continued

40 Percent of Food in the US Never Gets Eaten

Posted September 20, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Originally published at Scientific American Blogs.  My second round of inquiry into The Dating Game report by NRDC, which explains how the food dating system drives food waste in America, was with two authors of the report itself- Emily Broad Lieb, who...continued

Scribing on Trust and Persuasion in Climate Communication: Part 2 in ScioClimate Series

Posted August 29, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in The Media and the Environment

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Here's how I drew my way through my biology degree at Brown University: I took conceptual visual notes all through classes and textbook readings (I decided I might have a business on my hands when students requested my notes for...continued

How Scribing Can Save the Planet: What I learned at #ScioClimate (Part One of Series)

Posted August 22, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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I'm stumped on visually communicating climate. Carbon pollution? Greenhouse gases? How do you doodle that invisible, massive, global, local, dire, untouchable, unpredictable stuff? In search of an answer, last week I attended the first ever ScienceOnline Climate gathering, an event I...continued

Cooler than #Shark Week: #SharkScience

Posted August 8, 2013 by Perrin Ireland

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It's SHARK WEEK!! Here at @NRDCscience we're jumping head-first into the deep end of the Cooler than #SharkWeek pool, a movement of scientists who love Shark Week but hate misinforming the public. It's the brainchild of #sharkscience advocate Brian Switek, who promises to share real information about...continued

Science Scribe: "Games for Science Engagement and Education," from the ScienceOnline2013 Conference

Posted February 27, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in The Media and the Environment

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The session I attended at ScienceOnline 2013 that most embodied the essence of ScienceOnline- passion for science communication, irreverence in the form of entrepreunerialism, and innovation in tool use-was the Gamechangers session. It encapsulated preaching beyond the choir, engagement, use...continued

Science Scribe: "Scientific storytelling: Using personal narrative to communicate science," from the ScienceOnline2013 Conference

Posted February 22, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in The Media and the Environment

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One of my favorite sessions to scribe this year at ScienceOnline 2013 was the Scientific Storytelling session moderated by Jeanne Garbarino and David Manly.  Using one's own perspective in science writing can seem like heresy, as we are taught in the sciences only...continued

Science Scribe: Capturing the ScienceOnline Conference in Drawings

Posted February 13, 2013 by Perrin Ireland in The Media and the Environment

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I see science in pictures. I learned science by drawing it and, these days, I participate in science conversations all across the country to visually capture the content, emotion and intent of the discussions. It’s called scribing, graphic recording, and...continued

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