CRPA: The Incipient Species Project (Islands of Creation)

September 1st, 2012 - August 31st, 2013 | PROJECT

This Connecting Researchers and Public Audiences project will engage the public in understanding how species are born. The project builds on the PI's NSF-funded research on speciation and signal diversification in Monarcha Flycatchers of the Solomon Islands (NSF CAREER, #1137624). Project deliverables include a one-hour television program, website, and the use of social media. The team proposes to film an engaging tale that weaves historical research with modern molecular techniques to communicate to the public how new species are born. It will also illustrate the process of science and the people behind the research. The potential national audience is large, with a particular effort to reach 18-49 year olds. The program will be nationally distributed by one of the major television or cable channels. The website will provide a video gallery of short videos and photos, a blog from the field, and an in-depth learning section with new research about speciation. Evaluation of the project, conducted by Education Northwest, will focus on changes in audience knowledge and interest about speciation. The findings of the summative evaluation will be made available online at

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Islands of Creation Documentary Website
Evaluation report for "Incipient Species Project"

Team Members

J. Albert Uy, Principal Investigator, University of Miami
Nathan Dappen, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Miami
Neil Losin, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1212753
Funding Amount: 149995


Audience: Adults | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media