From Science to Storytelling: Interview with Communications Specialist Hannah Mulvany

Episode 107
48m | Apr 24, 2024

This week, I’m continuing to turn the tables on conservation podcasters by interviewing them. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with one of the Earth to Humans podcast hosts, Hannah Mulvany. 

Earth to Humans explores humankind's relationship with planet Earth, covering topics within the environmental and conservation space through the diverse perspectives of its three hosts—including this episode's guest, Hannah Mulvany.

In addition to being a host and a part-time field biologist, Hannah created her own science communication career. As the director and founder of Song and Dance Communications, she has carved out a unique career, blending her expertise in communications with her love for nature. She amplifies voices for conservation and environmental stewardship by serving as a communications manager and social media strategist for various nonprofits and organizations worldwide.

With a diverse portfolio spanning graphic design, copywriting, content creation, nature storytelling, and social media management, Hannah is a true self-starter and go-getter. Her role as a science communicator is pivotal in translating scientific concepts into engaging and accessible narratives that resonate with diverse audiences and fostering a deeper communication of environmental issues among the general public. 

Hannah’s journey is bound to inspire you to take action, stop waiting around, and start making things happen for yourself and the planet.

In this episode, Hannah shares invaluable insights into her approach to conservation action and the power of leveraging your skills and talents to effect change. From knocking on doors to creating her own opportunities to speaking up for the environment in everyday life, Hannah's journey exemplifies the spirit of empowerment and resilience. You'll walk away from this podcast feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to make a difference in your own life and the world around you.

Specifically, we discussed:

  • How Hannah went from a traditional start in fieldwork to creating her own science communication career
  • Hannah's unique journey from the world of communications to the heart of conservation and environmental advocacy
  • How her passion for storytelling and love for nature intersect to drive positive change
  • The secrets to her success in creating opportunities where none existed before
  • How Hannah used LinkedIn to get herself work
  • Hannah's advocacy work and her commitment to amplifying voices for environmental and wildlife conservation
  • What it’s like to work as a science communicator and social media manager
  • How Hannah balances fieldwork with her work behind the desk as a science communicator
  • And MORE!!

I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know ( and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.

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