Science Communication

Science isn’t complete until it is communicated, and good communication is a set of skills that must be learned and practiced. Dr. Bohon works to improve communication within the scientific community and provides science communication training and skill building through talks, papers, articles, workshops and one-on-one student mentoring.


Gürer, D., Hubbard, J. & Bohon, W. Science on social media. Nature Communications Earth and Environment 4, 148 (2023).

Zawacki, E., Bohon, W., Johnson, S., Charlevoix, D., Exploring TikTok as a promising platform for geoscience communication, Geoscience Communication, 5, 363-380, 2022.

Hubenthal, M., Bohon, W. and Taber, J., A pandemic pivot in Earth science outreach and educationEos, 101, 2020.

Bartel, B., Bohon, W., Frank, L., Stovall, W., Poland, M., Communicating Geohazards: Delivering Information in Crisis and Calm, White paper, 2020.

Bartel, B., Bohon, W., Agopian, M., The unexpected benefits of science communication training, Eos, 2019.

Bartel, B, Bohon, W., The Hazards of Hazards Communication: Importance, rewards, and challenges of science in the public sphere, White paper, 2019. 

Bohon, W., Robinson, S., Arrowsmith, JR., Semken, S., Building an effective social media strategy for science programs, Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, v. 94, Issue 27, p 237-244, 2013. Doi: 10.1002/2013EO270001.

On Failure, Wendy Bohon for AAAS If/Then

Informal Writing:

Bohon, W., Bartel, B, Bentley, C., Lights, Camera, Action! Video content production and dissemination during distance learning, The Plainspoken Scientist, AGU, 2021.

Zelikova, J., Edwards, L., Bohon, W., Zaringhalam, M., How Women Scientists are Building Collective Power, Shondaland, 2021.

Bohon, W., A Series of Fortunate Events, The Xylom, 2019.

Shukla, P., Ul-Hasan, S., Balasubramanyam, V., Bohon, W., et al., Scientists, Meet Twitter!, The Xylom, 2019. 

Wagner, C., Bohon, W., McCullagh, E., Kim, T., Zelikova, J., Goldman, G., Metcalf, J., Gallery, R., Infertility and the Leaky PipelineScientific American, March 8, 2019.

McCullagh, E., Henry-Moss, D., Bohon, W., Phinney, W., Jedd, T., Goldman, G., Do science. Pump. Repeat., Scientific American, March 18, 2019.

Talks/Webinars on Social Media (select): 

  • Using TikTok to Communicate Geoscience, Atlantic Geoscience Conference, 2023.
  • Using Social Media to Communicate Science, NASA Goddard Storylab, 2022.
  • Social Media for Scientists, IMPACT Workshop, 2022.
  • Trust me, I’m a Scientist!: the science of science communication, University of Florida, 2020.
  •  Social Media for Scientists, THE Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences Faculty and Student Professional Development, 2020.
  • Social Media for Scientists, GSA Workshop talk, 2016-2020.
  • Using Social Media for Science Communication: why, where and how, GSA Pardee Symposium, 2019.
  • Social media strategy and evaluation: how to do it and how to prove it, AGU, 2019.
  • Social Media and Science Communication for Students, The College of William and Mary, 2019.
  • Social Media Strategy for 500 Women Scientists Pod Leaders, 500 Women Scientists webinar presenter, 2019.
  • Science Communication and Social Media, Webinar presenter for Penn State science communication classes, 2018, 2019.
  •  Social Media, Trust and Contentious Communication, IRIS Intern Professional Development Webinar presenter, 2018, 2019.
  • Communicating Science through Social Media, IRIS webinar presenter, 2018, 2019.
  • Communicating Science to a Broad Audience: social media for you and your students, InTeGrate Webinar presenter, 2018. 
  •  Social Media for Scientists and Science Programs, IRIS Webinar presenter, 2017.
  • Social Media for Scientists and Science Organization, IRIS webinar presenter, 2017.
  • Using social media to communicate science, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2017.
  • Social media for science: why where and how, Seismological Society of America Spring Meeting, 2017.
  • Importance of strategy in social media: getting the most out of your post, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2016.
  • Social Media and Science: where do we go from here? American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013.

Talks/Webinars on Geology, Earthquakes and Geoscience Careers (select):

  • Shaking Up Earthquake Science, Keynote at National Science Bowl, Department of Energy, 2023.
  • East Coast Earthquakes, NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs, 2023.
  • The Science of Earthquakes, Learning Geology, GSA, 2023.
  • Shaking up Earthquake Science, Science in the Virtual Pub, 2022.
  • Earth Structure, Volcanoes and Careers in Geology, Skype a Scientist, 2022.
  • Weathering and Erosion, Nepris, 2022.
  • Earthquakes!, SEG FUTA Nigeria University of Technology, 2021.
  • Earthquakes and Careers in Geoscience, Piedmont Valley College Geology Club, 2021
  • Exploring Earthquakes, hands on demo and talk for Varsity Tutors and GoldieBlox, 2021.
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes talk to 4th graders, Skype a Scientist, 2021, 2022
  • Earthquakes and Marsquakes talk, 6-8th grade girls, Frontiers of Flight, 2021
  • Earthquakes and Careers in Geoscience Special Interest talk, Nepris, 2021, 2022
  • Earthquakes and Careers in Geoscience, Northern Iowa University, 2021
  • Earthquakes and Geoscience Careers, presentation, Asheville Museum of Science, 2020
  • Earthquakes and Careers in Geoscience, talk to 3 classes, Ohio State University, 2020, 2021
  • Earthquakes and Geoscience Careers, talk to incoming freshman, Passaic County Community College, 2020, 2021
  • Plate Tectonics and earthquakes talk to 2nd graders, Skype a Scientist, 2020
  • Earthquakes! talk for “Dreamwakers”, 2020, 2022
  • Earthquakes! talk with 4th grade class, Skype a Scientist, 2020, 2021
  • Plate Tectonics talk to 6th grade class, Nepris, 2020, 2021
  • General Earth Science, video and talk, Ecologik Girls Summer Camp (girls ages 9-16), 2020
  • 2 assembly presentations for Jefferson Elementary School, 2020
  • STEM Bootcamp Mentoring Event with the Girl Scouts of Atlanta, 2020
  • Earthquake talks to 8th grade science classes, Skype a Scientist, 2020
  • Earthquake Science and STEM careers talk, WiSTEM, 2020
GSA Pardee talk on Social Media for Scientists, photo by Beth Bartel

Talks/Webinars on Science Communication (select):

  • Trust me, I’m a Scientist! The Science of Science Communication, colloquium speaker at the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins, 2023.
  • How, when and why to talk about earthquakes, Keynote address at Australian Earthquake Engineering Conference, 2022.
  • Science Communication and Earthquakes, Cafe Scientific, 2022.
  • The Science of Science Communication, Department of Conservation, 2022
  • Science Communication, STRIDE-CON, Keynote Address, 2021.
  • Trust me, I’m a Scientists! The Science of Science Communication, Heiland Lecture, Colorado School of Mines, 2021
  • Science Communication, SEG Women’s Network invited talk, 2021
  • Science Communication, colloquium talk, University of Miami, 2021.
  • Science Communications and Earthquakes, colloquium talk, University of Toronto, 2020
  • Science Communications, colloquium talk, University of South Carolina, 2020
  • Science Communication, invited talk, University of Florida, 2020
  • Science Communication, invited webinar, Loma Linda University, 2020
  • Science Communication and Social Media, invited talk, Arizona State, 2020
  • Science Communication, talk at Penn State, 2018-2020
  • Science Communication from the classroom to the chat room, Keynote speaker at the National Association of Geoscience Teacher Eastern Section meeting, 2019.
  • Sharing Science on International Day of Disaster Reduction, AGU Sharing Science, Sept 2019.

Talks/Webinars on Geohazards and Geohazards Communication (select):

  • Understanding Geohazards, talk at Garrett High School, 2021, 2022
  • Geohazards Communication, talk at Drexel University, 2021
  • Geohazards Communication, talk at Michigan Tech, 2021, 2022
  • Hazards Communication, talk at University of Northern Iowa, 2020
  • Hazards Communication in the Age of Social Media: now now NOW!, SSA, 2020.
  • Geohazards, Risk Communication, and Geoscience Careers, talk to environmental science class, University of Northern Iowa, 2020
  • Earthquake Hazard and Risk, Cybercafe Scientifique, 2020
Inclusion in science talk to the Optical Society (OSA)

Talks/Webinars on DEI in Science (select):

  • Inclusive SciComm, University of Milano-Bicocca, 2023.
  • DEI in Social Media, talk to USGS Comms team, 2021
  • Social Justice in Science, talk at William and Mary, 2021
  • This is what a scientist looks like: transforming science to be more open, inclusive and accessible, Women in Science Invited speaker for Women’s History Month, Lincoln Memorial U, 2021
  • JEDI in Geoscience, colloquium talk at Western Michigan U, 2021
  • Science Communication for Social Justice, National Association of Geoscience Teachers webinar, 2020
  • Women in Science, talk, University of Toronto, 2020
  • Geoscience and my career, Carnegie Science Center Women in STEM Series, talk, 2020
  • This is what a scientist looks like: transforming science to be more open, inclusive and accessible, Optical Society of America Student Leadership Conference, Sept 2019.
  • Using Social Media to Improve Inclusion and Amplify Marginalized Voices, 500 Women Scientists webinar presenter, 2019.
Social media for scientists workshop at the IRIS/UNAVCO meeting, photo by Beth Bartel

Conference Presentations (select):

Virtual earthquake and careers talk at Ohio State University, photo by Michael Durand.

Virtual Workshops:

  • Scientific Storytelling, NASA Goddard, 2023
  • How to Give a Good Conference Presentation, NASA Goddard, 2022.
  • How to Give a Lightning Talk, NASA Goddard, 2022.
  • Trust and Power: building networks for change, OKA, 2022.
  • Active Listening Workshop, William and Mary, 2021, 2022
  • Hazards Communication: Finding your voice in crisis and calm, GSA, 2021.
  • Scientific Storytelling Workshop, Western Michigan University, 2021
  • Earthquake! What, why, and why? (talk and hands on activities), all 2-5 graders, Mt. Vernon Elementary School, 2020.
  • Social Media for Scientists (workshop), THE Ohio State University, 2020.
  • Networking, Scientific Meetings and Social Media (workshop), UNAVCO interns, 2020, 2021, 2022.
  • Understanding Earthquakes (hands on activities for summer camp), Ecologik, 2020.
  • Everything You Want to Know About Earthquakes (talk and hands on activities), Passaic Community College STEM Enrichment Summer Program, 2020.
  • Science Communication in Education (workshop), Earth Educators Rendezvous, 2020.
  • Science Communication for Social Justice (talk), NAGT, 2020.
  • Social Media for Scientists (workshop), GSA, 2020.
Science Communication workshop at AGU with Beth Bartel

In Person Workshops:

  • Finding Your Mission, Vision and Values, NASA Goddard, 2023.
  • Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, Australia Earthquake Engineering Conference, Victoria, AU, 2022
  • Networking, Listening and Elevatory Speeches: how to go deeper, Critical Zone Observatory Workshop at Colorado School of Mines, 2022.
  • Science Communication and Storytelling, Critical Zone Observatory Workshop at Colorado School of Mines, 2022.
  • Meritocracy Monopoly, SAGE/GAGE, 2022.
  • Science Communication, University of Florida, 2020.
  • Scientific Storytelling, AGU, Dec, 2019.
  • Social Media for Hazards Scientists SIG – SAGE/GAGE, Oct 2019.
  • Networking Workshop for Early Career Scientists – SAGE/GAGE, Oct 2019, 2022.
  • Geohazards Communication for Geoscience Students and Early Career Journalists – Oct 2019.
  • Social Media for Scientists Workshop, Science Communication Workshop Co-lead, the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Tell me a story: Storytelling in Science Communication, workshop co-lead, the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2018.
  • Ready to Engage, networking workshop co-lead, the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2018.
  • The Joy of Networking, Early Career Scientists Workshop Co-lead, the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2018, 2019.
  • Communicating Science to the General Public, Teacher Education Workshop Co-lead, Earth Educators’ Rendezvous, 2018.
  • Connecting with Different Audiences: From the Podium to the Pub(lic), Science Communication Workshop Co-lead, IRIS Workshop, 2018.
  • Science Communication – Network Skills for Early Career Scientists, Networking Workshop Co-Lead, IRIS Workshop, 2018.
  • Communicating Science for Impact, Science Communication Workshop Co-lead, UNAVCO Science Workshop, 2018.
  • Social Media for Scientists, Professional Development Workshop Co-lead, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEAT) on Earth’s History and Global Change, workshop presenter, 2017, 2018.
  • Talking to the Media, Science Communication Workshop Co-lead, 500 Women Scientists meeting, Boulder, CO, 2017.
  • Navigating and Maximizing a Digital, Social World, Science Communication Workshop Co-lead, Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting, 2016.


  • Careers in Geoscience, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2022.
  • Earthquakes and Geoscience Careers, CSU Long Beach, 2022.
  • Mission Unstoppable, Comic-Con San Diego, 2022.
  • Representation Matters, Comic-Con San Diego, 2022.
  • STEAM Dreamers: Mothers in STEAM, Reinvented Magazine, 2021.
  • Social Media, from the chat room to the classroom, NAGT, 2021.
  • An Honest Conversation About Failure, AGU, 2020.
  • STEM for Social Good, United Nations Foundation, 2020.
  • Caregiving and Science During COVID, IRIS/UNAVCO, 2020.
  • Virtual STEM Expo, Girls Scouts, 2020.
  • Early Career Panel, GSA, 2020.
  • 1 Million Women in STEM, 2020.
  • Fighting for Science, AGU, 2017.

Wendy has also narrated more than 30 videos and animations on earthquakes, plate tectonics, and other geologic and geophysical processes.

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