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Zoology doctoral student earns international accolades


From Molly Steinwald’s photo essay “Children as Citizen Scientists,” one of 30 internationally selected photo essays accepted for exhibit at Wild9.
Molly Steinwald, a doctoral student in zoology at Miami University, was an invited participant (all expenses paid) to the Ninth World Wilderness Congress’ (Wild9) WiLDSPEAK Conservation Communication Symposium held Nov. 9-13 in Merida, Mexico.

She also was one of three invited speakers to make closing comments for the Science and Stewardship symposium at Wild9. In addition, her 12-image photo essay “Children as Citizen Scientists” was one of 30 internationally selected photo essays accepted for exhibit at Wild9 – selected from among those mainly by professional nature photographers.

Steinwald, a self-taught nature photographer, presented “How Effective is Photography in Multimedia to Convey Conservation Messages?” at WiLDSPEAK. Organized by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), WiLDSPEAK featured the largest gathering of conservation photographers in history. Speakers were all ILCP Fellows, board members or associates, including Jane Goodall, except for Steinwald, who was elected an Affiliate Council member of ILCP in March 2009.

She also presented at the main Wild9 congress in a session sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

“After I gave my two other presentations, I was asked to be one of the speakers during the final summary session of the World Wilderness Congress,” said Steinwald.

The televised talk can be seen here: (about 14:15 minutes from the start).

Introduced by Alan Watson, Wild9 executive committee member and research social scientist at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Steinwald’s presentation was described as a “small but hopeful theme centered on young people in nature...a call for action, since science isn’t enough.”

The World Wilderness Congress (WWC), launched by The WILD Foundation in 1977, is the longest-running, public, international environmental forum. It convenes every three to four years around the world.

At Miami, Steinwald is co-advised by Richard Lee, Distinguished Professor of zoology, and A. John Bailer, Distinguished Professor of statistics. Her research focuses on measuring the effectiveness of photography on people’s environmental attitudes. Since 2007 she has received numerous awards for her photography. For more information about her work, go to

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From Molly Steinwald’s photo essay “Children as Citizen Scientists.”


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