Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist




Here you will find details about my various activities as an advocate for scientific truth-seeking.

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Online Science Outreach

Blog about bee ecology

While in the field during the beginning of my graduate program, I started blogging about topics related to bee ecology as I learned more about them. It started as practice writing and a way to communicate what I was doing to my family, and ended up becoming popular with readers near and far, and featured on Utah State University's 'Science Unwrapped Blog Station.'

Climate Change Book Group

I started and run a Climate Change Book Group that brings people together from all over the world to read novels in the genre "CliFi": Climate Fiction. We select the novels as a group, read 1-3 per semester, then discuss the portrayal of climate issues in fiction via video chat. We currently have about 40 members. Join us!

American Society of Naturalists Graduate Student Council: Science Advocacy Committee

The American Society of Naturalists Graduate Student Council consists of seven selected members, who each serve on the council for three years. We aim to positively represent science to the public, and to support fellow graduate students as they navigate the difficult paths through higher education in STEM by writing how-to blog posts and organizing events for the graduate community.

SSE/ASN Science Policy Committee

As part of my role on the Advocacy Committee for the ASN GSC (above), I participate as the only graduate student member on the Society for the Study of Evolution Policy Committee led by Dr. Sally Otto.

Active Voice for Science on Twitter

Pro-science op-ed Writing (See 'Writing' page)


In-person Science Outreach

2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day

I attended the science policy training run by the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Washington, D.C. in April, 2018 and participated in the 2018 Congressional Visits Day, in which scientists visit Congress members to explain the need for National Science Foundation research funding.

Suds & Science Public Outreach Event at First Magnitude Brewing Company

Poster session geared for a public audience at a local brewery, November 2016.


Co-Chair, Utah State University Ecology Center Graduate Committee

Entomology Booth at various Public Engagement Science Outreach Events

  • Science Unwrapped Public Outreach Events at Utah State University

  • Edith Bowen Elementary Science Night, Logan, UT

School visits to Guest Lecture on Bees & Pollination

  • Mount Logan Middle School, Logan, UT

  • Sound Beginnings Preschool on Utah State University Campus, Logan, UT

At the Women's March in Washington D.C., January 2017

At the Women's March in Washington D.C., January 2017

Explaining my research at the public poster session at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting.

Explaining my research at the public poster session at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting.