Archive of Author | Bethann Garramon Merkle

Bethann Garramon Merkle, MFA, is a multi-disciplinary science communicator and artist interested in a) the integration of drawing into education, research, and communication efforts, and b) the role stories play in shaping public perspectives of science and ecology topics. Her career spans public engagement, public information officer roles, journalism, nature writing, editing, and extensive curriculum development, grant writing, and organization management. Her current research topics are 1) efficacy of drawing as a science learning and teaching tool, 2) creativity in science, and 3) mechanisms of effective training to enhance scientists’ communications skills. She has taught all ages and collaborates with entities like the Biodiversity Institute, the Ecological Society of America, Harvard Forest, and the Wyoming chapter of The Wildlife Society to deliver art-science integration courses to the public as well as science educators, researchers, and biologists-in-training. Her work has been published in or commissioned by outlets and organizations including American Scientist, BioScience, Ecology and Society, Fair Chase, Mother Earth News, Montana Outdoors, Nature, Parks Canada, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Professional, University of New Mexico Press, and Western Confluence. She is currently on staff with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, a research and outreach group within the Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming. There, she directs the University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative, and she helps researchers with broader impacts initiatives, provides communication skills training, and creates images, text, social media content, and other outreach materials that convey research results. For more information: www.ecologicallytruestory.org.

Articles with Bethann Garramon Merkle


Drawing Science

Bethann Garramon Merkle, MFA, is a multi-disciplinary science communicator and artist who specializes in sharing science through depictions of the natural world. In particular, her work explores the role stories play in shaping public perspectives of science and ecology topics. She is currently on staff with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, a research and outreach group within the Department of Zoology and Physiology, at the University of Wyoming. There, she directs the University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative, conducts research on art-science integration and science communication, and helps researchers with outreach initiatives, offers trainings on sharing science, and creates images, text, social media content, and other outreach materials that convey research results.