Before beginning graduate school I was a full-time traveling entomologist for the Audubon Insectarium. While there I had the unique opportunity to reach out to children and families across the nation via traveling exhibits featured in local science centers, zoos, and children's museums. I have also given interactive entomology talks at inner city public schools in New Orleans through collaboration with KIDsmART.
During my time as the Community Chair of the Drexel Biology Graduate Student Association (2013-2015) I organized and secured funding for various events that enabled graduate students to talk science with Philadelphians of all ages. These avenues for conversation included the Philadelphia Science Festival, the George Washington Carver Science Fair, as well as STEM days and Megabad Movie Nights hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Thanks to the participation of the graduate community in our department, the Biology Graduate Student Association received recognition as the 2015 most community-oriented student organization on campus.
I endeavor to incorporate local and international education opportunities in my fieldwork. This includes everything from Costa Rican high school students actively participating in data collection and discussion of projects, to sharing information with tour guides and park employees of the various private and national parks where I have had the good fortune of working. In each of my field seasons I have also had the pleasure of working with excellent undergraduate and post-baccalaureate field assistants, several of whom have coauthored papers in our lab, all having gone on to pursue careers in education, biology, medicine, ecology and conservation.