University of Delaware entomology and wildlife ecology doctoral candidate Imogene Cancellare is passionate about conservation. In 2014, Cancellare took to the burgeoning social media site Instagram to share her passion for wildlife. Over the past five years, thousands have followed her. They liked her photos of everything from mountain lions to salamanders and snow leopards to snowy owls; they comment on her educational posts about the health of natural ecosystems, benefits of biodiversity and her thesis research. And while you can usually catch her investigating carnivore genetics in UD’s Rare and Elusive Species Laboratory, her latest research (queue the selfie) is on Instagram itself.
The conservation biologist and National Geographic Explorer shares wildlife “so we can all appreciate the natural world” on her @biologistimogene profile. After amassing a substantial following, Louisiana State University alumna Paige Jarreau, current director of social media and science communication at LifeOmic, DMed (direct messaged, for those new to Instagram) her and a handful of other scientists and early career researchers from different disciplines to discuss studying if the selfie culture is playing a meaningful role in science communications. Read the full article on UDaily.