What is Episode 50 all about?
Let’s face it: technology has become an inseparable part of our lives with social media being at the center of our attention. Young or old (everyone’s grandma is on Facebook nowadays), we all spend several hours a week consuming content and connecting with others. While the verdict is still out on whether or not phones and social media are detrimental to our health, there is no denying the power that these items possess. So, how can we as conservationists, nature enthusiasts, or biologists leverage technology for both scientific inquiry and entertainment? That, my friends, is what we’re going to learn today!
In this episode, I’m sitting down with Dillon Jones, a graduate student at San Diego State University who is studying the evolutionary history of herpetofauna in Middle America. (Quick definition: herpetofauna are reptiles and amphibians found in a particular region or time period, which you’ll soon learn more about). He also uses social media as a powerful science communication tool and has reached Instagram Influencer status. Dillon and I obviously connected online after I found his engaging videos and decided to reach out and say hi. We’ve been Insta buddies ever! Dillon and I discuss so much it’s almost difficult to recap, but a few highlights include the huge potential of his herp evolutionary study for advising conservation priorities, the why and how of him becoming an Instagram Influencer with many tips and tricks, and a huge rant session between us about the broken wheel of academia.
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🐸 How Dillon overcame his intense fear of nature as a child
🐸 The story that fostered his love for herps
🐸 His current graduate project that looks at the evolutionary history of herpetofauna in Middle America and what it could mean for conservation priorities
🐸 The how and why he became an Instagram Influencer and Science Communicator
🐸 Tips and tricks for anyone that wants to use social media to spread their message
Links & Resources
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdihyBzjnXQusxPerecOD0g
San Diego State University
Department of Evolutionary Biology: https://biology.sdsu.edu/eb/
Department of Biology: https://biology.sdsu.edu/
You can reach Dillon by messaging him on Instagram (link above).
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