The ROM’s David Evans is a busy guy. He’s always on the go, onto some new and exciting project I mean, If he’s not writing his latest article, doing a TV spot, or attending some dinosaur-related conference, he’s out digging for dinosaur bones!
A Model Scientist
I don’t mean this in a fashion sense of the word (though he does rock plaid and a fitted cap quite well) but rather that he is the embodiment of the model modern scientist.
I believe that the future of science educators, from teachers to the people who work in the field, is based on an accessible, personable approach with evidence of a deep interest in working with and educating children. Engagement is key, and those who successfully and proactively work with the public are more likely to gain the exposure they need to continue their academic work.
Digs dinosaurs so much, he’ll wear a Parasaurolophus headdress
- He tweets. And I’m not taking about an automated tweet kind of dude, he will legit respond back to you and is always tweeting about his palaeontology interests.
- He blogs.He’s always posting from the field, expanding on his latest finds, or taking about the exhibits. He is one of a growing number of curators who represent the future of the museum presence online. You can also check out his personal site too!
- He’ll talk to you. He’s often available to talk to the public, engaging with kids, parents, students, enthusiasts, dino nerds, everyone! He takes that time and listens.
Even though David and I both work at the ROM the first time I met him was actually virtually. About five years ago, while David was out working in the Badlands of Alberta, we ran a series of Skype sessions between him and our Summer Club campers. It was one of my first adventures into digital learning and the first of its kind we ever attempted at the Museum. On my end, our six to seven year-old dinosaur group came up with questions for David about dinosaurs, palaeontology, and his opinions on Indiana Jones. On his end, he was set up not in a coffee shop, not in a hotel, but actually out where they were digging up fossils! It was great for the kids (and for me, really!) to be able to talk to David in real time over Skype, and to see where he works when he’s not here.
Perhaps the greatest part was David showing the kids what he’d just recently dug up. It really hit home just how many fossils there are out in the badlands, and was such an authentic, awe-inspiring experience for the kids.