Outreach & Science Communication

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Interviewed in Slate and Undark

Interviewed for articles on challenge trials in medical research. April 7, 2021

Cowrote WoRMS article “Ten remarkable new marine species from 2020”

Cowrote article for Taxonomists Appreciation Day to draw public attention and press coverage to taxonomic research. Created Youtube video. March 19, 2021.

Created Youtube video for WoRMS Ten remarkable new marine species from 2020

Skype A Scientist LIVE event

Virtual live Q&A and introduction to marine plankton and parasites with >200 attendees. March 10, 2021.

Interviewed and photos for Snopes article on parasitic isopods

Interviewed and supplied photographs for Snopes article on cymothoid isopods and fish tongue replacement. March 5, 2021.

7 Ocean Parasites Worth Celebrating on World Parasite Day

Cowrote article for Smithsonian Ocean Portal website. March 2, 2021.

Smithsonian NMNH social media takeover

Social media takeover of NMNH channels for World Parasite Day. Wrote posts for Smithsonian NMNH Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Just the Zoo of Us Podcast Feature

Copepod biology and adaptions. Just the Zoo of Us episode 86 – an animal diversity podcast. February 24, 2021

Cal. Academy of Sciences Genomics Seminar

Invited speaker for Cal. Academy of Sciences Genomics Social Hour on Parasite and Host Genomics. Feb. 17, 2021. Talks available below on Youtube.

Exolore Podcast Feature

The World of Queer Worms. Podcast panel discussion on hermaphroditic life on Exolore Podcast episode 23, a podcast featuring scientists, historians, psychologists that discuss biological and sociological implications of sci-fi worlds. Feb. 11, 2021

IFLScience Article

Collaborated on pop-sci article with IFLScience on parasites and an experimental hookworm vaccine study. Feb. 2, 2021

Hookworm Vaccine & Challenge Trial Thread

Twitter thread on my experience volunteering to participate in an exerpimental hookworm vaccine challenge trial. Jan. 27, 2021

Skype a Scientist x3

Met with three 4th grade classes for a marine biology lesson and live Q&A. Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore, MD. February 18, 2021

LGBTQ+ STEMCast Podcast Feature

Interviewed on LGBTQ+ STEMCast, a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ scientists. Jan. 4, 2021

Launched World Association of Copepodologists Twitter

Launched World Association of Copepodologists Twitter Account! We are now on Twitter @copepodology Oct. 23, 2020

Conference Presentation

A new phylogeny of the Pancrustacea. Parasite Hour Virtual Conference. American Society of Parasitologists. 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.

WeRepStem Blog Post

Wrote blog post for WeRepSTEM, a diversity in STEM blog. July 3, 2020

“World Parasite Day” Auditorium Presentation

Presented to 70 8th graders for Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School. Prince George’s County, MD. March 6, 2020.

Visiting Lecture: Crustacean Diversity

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

PhDetails Blog Post

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

Guest Lecture: Biology & Art in the Description of Species

In: Biology and Art. James Madison University, VA. September 9, 2019.

Congressional Science Night

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.

Parasite Day Guest Speaker

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.

GWU Research Panel Member

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

Guest Speaker: Computational Biology

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.

Public Outreach at Smithsonian NMNH

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.

Figure for Science Magazine

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

Meet-a-Scientist “Ocean Expert” at Smithsonian NMNH

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

Smithsonian “ScienceHow?” Webcast

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.

BBC Documentary Interview

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

Photo Credit for Smithsonian Insider Article

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

Exibit Design

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

Book Chapter Consulation

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

Parasite Curriculum K-5

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

Parasite Curriculum Grades 3 & 4

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