They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and an animation can be the perfect medium to convey a tricky concept! Â I started making science animations in 2012 while working with PHD Comics, and since then I’ve worked with several NASA mission teams and academic researchers to explain complex topics in a fun and engaging way.
I primarily use Adobe Creative Suite (Audition, Illustrator, PhotoShop, After Effects, Premiere) to create and combine all of the pieces of my animations, and I have extensive experience in voice acting, audio andÂ video editing, and motion graphics.
Here are a few of my recent projects:
I’m currently collaborating with the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on a series of animations, like this one featuring David Pynadath, director of social simulation research:
Also at USC, I’m working with the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology to explain recent paper abstracts, including this article on the connection between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease:
Here’s another animated paper summary that I put together for Rice University’s School of Engineering:
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission launched in 2014 and has been measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide with unprecedented accuracy ever since. Â Here’s a series of videos (there are currently four in this playlist) on the mission, the spacecraft, and the science of OCO-2:
My doctoral dissertation was all about lunar impact craters, so here’s a brief video I made explaining why we care so much about holes in the ground (and a very kind write-up by Phil Plait of Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog):
I’ve done some animation for the past couple of episodes of PHD TV’s series Ph.Detours, starring Dr. Alex Lockwood:
For her thesis defense, neuroscientist Dr. Crystal Dilworth wanted an animated introduction to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, so we collaborated to create one:
Along with with Dr. Laurence Yeung and Nic Perez,Â I entered the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, a contest aimed at bringing ocean science to middle schoolers in the form of video abstracts. Â Our entryÂ earned second prize!
How (and why) do we measure ocean winds from space? (in collaboration with RapidScat, a new scatterometer soon to be installed on the International Space Station):
Fellow scicomm enthusiasts Genevieve Jones and Rachael Porter and I put together this video about the brain, love, and homophones:
In 2013, I won the AGU Student Video Contest, run by the American Geophysical Union, for this animated explanation of postglacial rebound:
True Anomalies (Tales from the History of Science) started as a web series to explore the intersection of science communication, history of science, and animation. Â You can read my blog and follow me on Twitter at @trueanomalies. I mostly write and tweet about history of science, planetary science, and science communication and outreach. Â Here’s a playlist of theÂ original web series episodes: