Thank you science championKate Pearson
Earth, Environment & Society
Kate is championing science with the
McMaster’s Geotrails Project
Kate is part of the team of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members who are working on a geotrails project. The team is building virtual field trips featuring trails and attractions throughout Ontario. The online and interactive tours highlight local geology, ecology and fluvial (river) highlights along the trails and make scientific information easily accessible for the general public.
Science outreach and communication is important because it helps the public and fellow scientists further their understanding of the world we live in – especially in the face of climate change. Sharing scientific knowledge bridges the gap between subtopics and allows for a more integrated approach to the problems we collectively face. I have always loved sharing the knowledge I continue to acquire during my education, whether with my friends or complete strangers. All scientists should be actively engaged in outreach and communication in their respective subject to create a stronger connection between academics and allow for the public to have a deeper understanding of complex problems and the scientific solutions that will help solve them.