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Hayley Dunning (Alumni)

Hayley Dunning

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I completed a Masters in Journalism at UBC in 2013, specializing in science and environmental reporting. My thesis work as part of the TerreWEB programme focused on fracking in northern BC, investigating the science of related earthquakes, water use, and emissions, but also the impact on local First Nations communities.

Previously, I gained an MSc in Environmental Geo-science from my native England, and another MSc in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta (why the two MScs is another story!). I also studied Earth sciences at the University of Iceland for a year abroad and lived in Finland for a year.

With a solid background in the science of Earth systems, I feel that as a responsible journalist (and scientist) it’s important to help people make truly informed decisions about environmental issues.

I am interested in science communication at all levels, from working as a teaching assistant at UBC for a course geared towards helping science students be effective communicators; to teaching kids about dinosaurs and Canadian plant life in my previous job at a dinosaur park in Alberta. Lack of ‘public understanding of science’ is often blamed for the widespread distrust in certain scientific claims, but I think public engagement in science is a much bigger issue.

Outcomes:

Since leaving UBC and the TerreWEB program, I have worked at the Natural History Museum in London as a science web editor / digital content producer, and now as a research media officer at Imperial College London. In both positions it has been my job and privilege to help scientists communicate their research into the natural world.

Check her website for more information!

Publications:

Thesis work

Dunning, H. (2013). Postcard from Fort Nelson, BC’s Gasland. The Tyee news, Retrived from: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/06/06/Fort-Nelson-Boomtown/

Dunning, H. (2013). A Closer Look at Northern BC’s ‘Transition’ Fuel. The Tyee news, Retrived from: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/06/07/Northern-BC-Transition-Fuel/

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