Education, Outreach and Communication
Part of the education portion of our program involves teaching in the museum school, which is a week-long program that gives students a unique opportunity to explore and learn using the Museum as their classroom. The mammology lesson currently focus on within and between species variation and adaptation and more specifically of the different types of adaptations that mammals have developed to survive periods of cold weather and/or food scarcity and species adaptations and variation in general . The lesson is highly interactive where students have direct access to curated specimens (i.e. skulls, skins and mounts) and take part in hands-on activities that bring these physiological adaptations to life.
The Interpreters in the Field program was developed in cooperation with the Public Program department at the Royal Alberta Museum to provide museum interpreters with firsthand knowledge of some of the research being conducted within the mammalogy program and to introduce some basic aspects field biology. Interpreters are part of the field crew on our Community ecology of small mammals and fire succession in semi-forested sand hill ecosystems project. Their in-field experiences provide them with the opportunity to learn about study design, small mammal trapping methods, handling and identification, vegetation and habitat quantification. The knowledge gained during the program is used to enhance the interpretive program and inform museum visitors about fire ecology, sand dune ecosystems, and ongoing museum research.
- Dr. Edwards was interviewed by Q91 Radio (Drumheller) CTV News, CTV Morning News (for Monday), Global TV, City TV, Edmonton Examiner, St. Albert Gazette and 630 CHED/iNews 880 Radio on the Feature Exhibit entitled "IllWolf to Woof: the Story of Dogs" (June 2012).
- Dr. Mark Edwards (Curator) and co-presenter Linda Tzang, Curator of Ethnology, were interviewed by ShawTV regarding their International Museum Day 2012 presentation entitled Perspectives: a scientist and a historian talk about ermine. On International Museum Day, their presentation was also filmed by the CBC.
- Interview with Joslyn Oosenbrug, host of the CBC Radio show Trailbreaker, on Dr. Mark Edwards' work with grizzly bears in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT. The show entitled "Measuring Change in the Mackenzie Delta", aired Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:50 (MST) and is posted on CBC's website (see Past Episodes).
- Dr. Edwards was interviewed by ShawTV and the St. Albert Gazette on the Feature Exhibit entitled "Illegal Killer Trade" (February 2010).
- Interview with Dr. Edwards for the Michael Short's Let's Go Outdoors radio show in March 2009. The show entitled "Arctic Grizzlies" featured Mark's work on grizzlies in the Arctic.