Outreach & Science Communication

2020

Parasite Hour Virtual Conference. “A new phylogeny of the Pancrustacea” American Society of Parasitologists “Parasite Hour” Virtual Conference. June 25, 2020.

Skype a Scientist. Met with 5th grade class for marine biology lesson and Q&A. The Leffell School, White Plains, NY. June 16, 2020.

Skype a Scientist. Met with 4th grade class for marine biology lesson and Q&A. Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore, MD. Jun 5, 2020.

Wrote blog post for WeRepSTEM, a diversity in STEM blog.

Presented to an auditorium of 70+ 8th graders for “World Parasite Day”. Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School. Prince George’s County, MD. March 6, 2020.

Lecture: Crustacean diversity and current topics in crustacean research. In: Animal Diversity. Meredith College, NC. January 31, 2020.

Interviewed for PhDetails blog on graduate student life. January 3, 2020.

2019

Lecture: Biology and art in the description of species. In: Biology and Art. James Madison University, VA. September 9, 2019.

Scientist representative for Congressional Science Night. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Invited by Department of Invertebrate Zoology to discuss science, research, and collections with members of Congress, their families, and their professional staff at a special event for science engagement with Congress. July 17, 2019. https://twitter.com/JP_Bernot/status/1151639577746169856

Guest speaker on parasite biology, research, and career options at Temple High School in Arizona on Parasite Day. Video call, presentation, and Q&A for 2 12th grade science classes. March 4, 2019.

2018

Panel member for GWU undergraduate Q&A on graduate school and research experience. GWU November 27, 2018.

Discussed research in the Computational Biology Institute in Introduction to Medicine, a college-level course for high school students. George Washington University. July 3, 2018.

Crustacean scientist, Ocean Hall Department of Invertebrate Zoology public outreach. Crustacean specimen displays and Q&A. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. April 5, 2018.

2017

Contributed figure to Science Magazine article Biologists propose to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aal0824

2016

Meet-a-scientist “ocean expert” for World Ocean Day at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. “Copepods: what reefs eat, and what is eating them.” Topic included: food webs, invertebrate diversity, specimen display, Q&A. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. June 8, 2016.

Expert for live Q&A on parasites in Smithsonian “ScienceHow?” Webcast. Broadcast designed to meet middle school science curriculum. Online attendance > 2,000 students. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. May 19, 2016.

Interviewed for BBC documentary on CRISPR-CAS9 and research ethics. George Washington University. Washington, DC. April 19, 2016.

Photographs for Smithsonian Insider article: In face of mass extinctions Smithsonian’s Global Genome Initiative quietly saves world’s DNA. April 5, 2016.

2015

Prepared specimens and worked with a photographer to design an exhibit on tapeworms in the Connecticut State Natural History Museum. https://www.flickr.com/photos/107963674@N07/albums/72157662181220376

2014

Consulted with Gene Helfman and George Burgess for the publication of the book Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide.

Designed and presented a curriculum on parasites for 1st and 4th grade students. Franklin Elementary School Franklin, CT.

2013

Designed and presented a curriculum on parasites for 3rd and 4th grade students. Franklin Elementary School Franklin, CT.