We provide demonstrations of public engagement with scientifically underrepresented audiences by ecologists. First, we will stage an “Eco-fashion Show” that features prominent ecologists who will model custom-made clothing created from fabric that has biologically correct images of their own study plants, animals, microbes, and landscapes printed on it. The masters of ceremony will describe the research that each ecologist has carried out on the biota portrayed on the fashion clothing. This demonstration, in miniature at the ESA meeting, demonstrates how something as seemingly non-academic as fashion clothing can serve as a vector for outreach and education about ecology.
We will also feature mini-talks by our fashion design collaborators and other ecologists who have created innovative and effective public engagement by taking their research out of academic settings and into public and community venues. A brief Q&A and discussion on the ways that our academic community can help foster such interactions will conclude the Session.