Science as Leisure

Liz Marchio

I am a trained ichthyologist interested in what gets people interested in natural history, biological sciences, and science careers. My passion is to find out what fuels curiosity for the natural world.

Biology-related serious leisure activities can impact people's interest in ecology, biology, and natural history. Do these activities promote biological understanding? If so, how does that progress and to what level does it progress to? 

If you're interested in a starting a dialogue, please feel free to contact me. If you're curious about how I got here, my story can be found on the About Me page.

 

I am interested in learning what types of activities and experiences create biological scientists.

 

These are images of children during "unstructured" play in the outdoors. These types of activities foster curiosity and interest in the world around them, a great foundation for future biological scientists!

This contact with the natural world fosters bonds and promotes positive values regarding nature (Chawla, 2002; Horwitz, 1996; Kellert, 2002).

It has also been shown to improve cognitive function (thinking!), self-discipline, and a reduction in behavior associated with ADHD (Taylor & Kuo, 2009; Taylor, Kuo, & Sullivan, 2002; Wells, 2000).

 

 

A 7 year old enjoys climbing a live oak in southeastern Louisiana. [2013]

A 7 year old enjoys climbing a live oak in southeastern Louisiana. [2013]

Learning first hand: handling a bullfrog can elicit an interesting response from both a frog and a 10 year old!

Learning first hand: handling a bullfrog can elicit an interesting response from both a frog and a 10 year old!

A 2 year old boy and his very first catch! [Central Ohio]

A 2 year old boy and his very first catch! [Central Ohio]

Looking for pin fish in the shallows around Santa Rosa Island. 6 years old; 2004.

Looking for pin fish in the shallows around Santa Rosa Island. 6 years old; 2004.

He's 8 and already an expert catfisherman! Alum Creek, Ohio, 2013

He's 8 and already an expert catfisherman! Alum Creek, Ohio, 2013

I am always looking for more motivation. Feel free to e-mail me and photos! They may appear on my website. 

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