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Dr. Karen L. McKee is a retired scientist who has conducted research on coastal wetlands around the world for over forty years, studying the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and hurricanes, among other topics. Although her work is published in over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, it reaches only a handful of specialists. To share her work more broadly, she began making videos about her research and that of some colleagues about ten years ago. She eventually began sharing her video-making techniques with other scientists and students. She authored the book, The Scientist Videographer, to further promote better science communication by teaching scientists, science educators, and students how to use video to tell their science stories.
Dr. McKee is currently a Scientist Emeritus with a U.S. Federal science agency and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University. In addition, she is co-founder and trustee of a non-profit organization, which provides travel grants to students in wetland science to attend conferences and conduct field studies.
on May 02, 2016 :
Excellent book. I was without experience and it helped me to learn everything I needed. Easy to read, never boring or too technical and always helpful.
Very practical, the story building tips helped me tremendously.
I definitely recommend this book, thank you Dr McKee.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on April 21, 2016 :
This book is great! I had absolutely no experience with video when I stumbled onto Karen McKee's website,video tutorials, and this book. I learned everything I need to know to start making videos, and videos that I am proud to show others. Sure I still need to learn a lot, but this book has gotten me up and running and having fun doing it.
I am working with groups of elementary students (grade 4-5) documenting a citizen science project. This book helped me with how to structure and plan the videos, as well as do the editing. Believe me working with young students we have a lot of editing! But the students love it, and are using iPads to learn new technical skills as they showcase their science learning.
This book is laced with demo videos to help you understand and apply what you are learning. Most important to me was the step by step help in editing, both enhancing the science story and the technical skills needed to work with common editing software.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to try video, but especially if you want to showcase science. There are so many applications. We ended up sending in the student video as part of a grant report. Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words, I will add a good video is worth a million words! I have been so impressed with Karen's book and website I recommended it to the people at the USA National Phenology Network who included the recommendation in their newsletter!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2016 :
There's no better time to communicate science to the world--people want to know more about science research. Partners, stakeholders, funders, cooperators, and the public want to solve problems in a changing world.
The Scientist Videographer is cutting edge, practical, and relevant--there's much to learn. The Scientist Videographer is an inspiration and deserves a spot with the best science communicators of our time.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)