Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2020 Annual Meeting

2020 ICAFS Plenary Session:

Navigating the Challenges of Science Communication

Presenting A Star Studded Plenary Speaker List Providing Insight to Help Us Become More Effective Communicators!


Ray Troll

Ray Troll

In his studio on a hill above Tongass Narrows in rainy Ketchikan, Alaska, Ray Troll creates fishy images that swim into museums, books and magazines, and onto t-shirts worn around the world. He draws his inspiration from extensive field work and the latest scientific discoveries, bringing a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology and paleontology. Ray will give us his spin on conveying science through art!

Hank Patterson (aka Travis Swartz)

Hank Patterson

Travis has worked in comedy and film for 20+ years. He started in the world of Shakespeare, spending many years working regional theater at Actor’s Shakespeare in New York, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater and many more. Simultaneously, Travis performs stand up and sketch comedy at various venues in the Northwest. In 2012, Travis created the Hank Patterson video series and has been performing as Hank. Hank Patterson has been featured in American Angler Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, on the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour, the IF4 International Fly Fishing Film Tour, and on various industry-leading blogs, podcasts and digital magazines. Additionally, Hank has been embraced and sponsored by industry-leading companies and organizations such as Orvis, Trout Unlimited, Smith, Simms, Montana Fly Company, Big Sky Brewing and more. Travis will provide insight on how to use humor in communication along with other social media to broach polarizing issues in science.

David Rubenson

David Rubenson

David Rubenson is the director of the scientific communications firm Nobadslides.com. Prior to that, he was Director of Administration and Planning at the Stanford University Cancer Institute, Director of Special Projects at City of Hope Cancer Center, strategic planning consultant to the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and a member of the RAND Corporation’s Engineering and Applied Sciences Department. David states that efforts to encourage better public outreach are admirable, but better communication between scientists must come first. David will share his thoughts on how we as scientists need to remember a few key things when communicating our research.

Patrick Cooney

Patrick Cooney

Patrick Cooney, a fisheries professional working for Smith-Root and founder of “The Fisheries Blog”, volunteers with fish scientists from across the globe to write and publish an online open access article every Monday morning. The more than 350 articles written over the last 8 years in collaboration with University, Local, State, Federal, Tribal, Private, and Non-Government Organization scientists have been read by millions of people. Patrick will share with us how to “Cast a Wide Net” and effectively communicating our science to a broad audience.