Note: I'm on hiatus from social media through January 2014, due to my fellowship with the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee.
I believe that online outreach is a powerful tool for connecting science and society. I have been blogging since 2007, and have used the internet for both large-scale outreach efforts such as SEAPLEX and for fun, informal writing on scientific topics. A sample of my work is below.
Blog and Twitter
From 2010 to early 2013, I blogged at Deep Sea News, the web's leading marine science blog. In the past, I have blogged at The Oyster's Garter and at Double X, a women-focused spinoff of Slate Magazine.
Here are a few examples of my informal writing:
So You Want to Communicate Science Online: The Flowchart. Guest post at Nature's Soapbox Science blog.
Does the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" exist? (January 10th, 2011). An explanation of the true nature of the "garbage patch."
Don't Panic: Sustainable seafood and the American outlaw (December 29th, 2010). An exploration of sustainable seafood through the lens of Legal Seafood's "Outlawed Seafood" dinner.
How To Cuddle Your Lady Right, by Smoove A (December 6th, 2010). This is a parody that explains peer-reviewed research on amphipod mating.
NSF GK12 Fellowship
In the 2009-2010 school year, I was an NSF GK12 fellow. In collaboration with a teacher at University City High, I developed curriculum to connect the 9th grade Earth Science curriculum to the San Diego through monthly field trips to a local canyon. Click here to see a poster about our work. Check out EarthRef for our lesson plans, as well as many other ones developed by GK12 scientists and teachers.
UCSD Academic Connections
In 2008, I taught A Hands On Introduction to the Marine Invertebrates as part of the UCSD Academic Connections pre-college summer program. My co-instructor and I covered the anatomy and life history of the approximately 35 currently recognized invertebrate phyla, their evolutionary relationships, and their ecological roles in marine environments - all in three weeks!
I actively engage undergraduates, high school students, and members of the community in my research. I have mentored three independent high school and undergraduate projects, supervised 15 laboratory volunteers, and served as a member of a master’s student’s committee. Several of my former students and volunteers have gone on to further studies or careers in the biological sciences.
I also try to be an ally for underrepresented groups in the sciences - you can read some of my thoughts here.
Editorial and Publications Committee, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Student representative, 2009-2012.
Scripps Teacher of the Year student commitee. Committee chair 2009-2010, member 2010-2011.