What Finding Nemo didn’t tell you about fish sex

Blue Planet II, the BBC’s latest flagship nature documentary is almost open us, and the press is currently awash with teaser stories and clips.

This week, the Daily Mail, the bastion of British conservative reactionary values, ran a story revealing that Blue Planet II will include footage of a fish changing sex.

The fish in question is the delightful Asian sheepshead wrasse.

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Three lessons I’ve learnt for communicating science

Before my PhD I worked in science communications. I helped scientists explain their work to non-scientists. Whilst I only worked in the role for nine months, I learnt a lot, and I consistently saw the same patterns and mistakes.

There’s a lot of science communication advice online, but I think there are three lessons that will most improve your science writing:

 

  1. Write for your audience, not for yourself.

Obvious, but routinely ignored. Every piece of science communication should have a defined audience, such as the general public, a funding body, politicians, scientists in another field, etc.

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