Jane Goodall is a world-famous ethnologist and conservationist. Use these ideas to learn more about the contributions she helped make to science and those who have continued her work.
6 - 12
Biology, Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography
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Jane Goodall began her career studying chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park and is now a world-famous ethologist and conservationist. She was the first to document tool-use in chimpanzees, a novel finding at the time. Since then, scientists have discovered tool-use behaviors in several other animal species, including crows and dolphins. Jane made her initial discoveries through in-person observations of chimpanzee communities in the 1960’s. Scientists continue to observe animal species in the wild to this day, though advancements in technology also allow scientists to monitor some species remotely.
Jane’s discoveries laid the groundwork for other researchers to build upon and provided insights that aid chimpanzee conservation today. Chimpanzees are threatened, like many other species, by poaching and habitat loss. Using tools like satellite technology, Jane, and other scientists are developing conservation strategies to preserve biodiversity and keep chimpanzees in the wild.
Jane Goodall was one of the first pop-culture scientist-communicators, before Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, or Neil deGrasse Tyson. Brainstorm reasons why it is important for scientists like Goodall to communicate their findings to the general public. Research National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tierney Thys and list the various methods she uses to communicate science. Watch one of her interviews about researching sunfish and conserving oceans as an example of how some scientists communicate information to the public. Research an endangered animal and practice communicating important facts about the animal and ways to help conserve the species through the Photo Ark Challenge.
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May 20, 2022
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