Evolution in a Vortex: Public Outreach on Freshwater Science in the Congo River

February 15th, 2009 - January 31st, 2010 | PROJECT

This Communicating Research to Public Audiences (CRPA) proposal is based upon Dr. Melanie Stiassny's and her associates' taxonomic and biodiversity research of the fauna in the lower Congo River. The PI has used innovative hydrologic modeling, remote sensing, habitat mapping and spatial analysis to explore and explain the biological richness of this unique river system. The CRPA request will support the production of a short documentary film that will be produced and distributed by the American Museum of Natural History's high definition video current science program Science Bulletins. The video will be captioned in both French and Spanish to make it accessible to colleagues in Africa and Spanish-speaking students throughout the United States. In addition, the AMNH will host the PI presenting a public program about her research discoveries. This live program will be rebroadcast by the New York Academy of Science via their podcast series "Science and the City."

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Evaluation of AMNH Science Bulletin "Evolution in Action" Trilingual version

Team Members

Melanie Stiassny, Principal Investigator, American Museum Natural History
Edward Gardiner, Co-Principal Investigator, American Museum Natural History
Vivian Trakinski, Co-Principal Investigator, American Museum of Natural History


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0824302
Funding Amount: 68883


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Geoscience and geography | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media