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Saturday, January 21 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Blogging to save the world: Conservation biology and social media

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Students, researchers, and staff from the University of Miami's RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program will discuss how their lab uses social media tools to educate people about the marine environment and how they use these tools to encourage science-based conservation policies. The discussion will include using Twitter to teach 'introduction to marine biology lectures' online, webinars and other free online resources for educators, a 'virtual expedition', and more. Additionally, the speakers will share their personal experiences using social media to generate support for conservation-friendly policy changes using petitions, encouraging people to contact policymakers directly, and other techniques. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of social media technology as it applies to conservation biology in general, as well as the future of these tools for this purpose.

Saturday January 21, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 4

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