outreach: communicating science to broad audiences
One of the most rewarding facets of my work is the opportunity to reach out to audiences beyond the classroom.
Santa Rosa Island Future Scientists Camp In addition to a number of presentations to lay audiences, from elementary school to birding clubs, I am lucky to collaborate with UC Santa Barbara's Office of Education Partnerships to give students that would otherwise not be exposed to field ecology and STEM experiences an opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences in fascinating places such as Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park. In June of 2016, students from community colleges, as well as young undergrads from UCSB and CSU Channel Islands, are joining a group of researchers and faculty members for a week-long trip to Santa Rosa Island. In addition to learning about the scientific method and the island's ecology, the students will collect real-world data as citizen scientists. Read more here: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016733/mentorship-and-motivation
UCSB Smithsonian Scholars Mentoring
Starting in the fall of 2015, I have had the pleasure of mentoring UC Santa Barbara's initial group of Smithsonian Scholars. The students attended a number of workshops at the Sedgwick Reserve in Los Olivos, CA, where they learned about the ecological dynamics in oak ecosystems, from pollination to seed dispersal. During the 2016 spring field season, they joined me for weekly phenology surveys of our study population of valley oaks (Quercus lobata), learned how to enter and analyze data, as well as write a summary paper about scientific literature.
Presentations During my time on Santa Cruz Island and at the Hastings Natural History Reserve, I have had the opportunity to reach out to many school groups that visited. Furthermore, I have organized several field trips with friends that are teachers at local schools.
Sunday with a Scientist at the Nebraska State Museum (organized by Sabrina Russo & Stacey Smith, link)
Jepson Herbarium, California Ecology class: June 2014
Santa Barbara City College, Habitat Restoration Class: October 2014 - February 2016
Carmel Valley Community Meeting, Acorn Woodpecker Protection: January 2015
Walter Colton Middle School, Monterey, Guest Lecture on Becoming a Scientist: January, 2015
Audobon Society, Monterey Chapter, Seed Dispersal by Scatter-hoarding Corvids: February 2015
Sedgwick UC Reserve Lecture Series, Santa Ynez: March 2015
University of Chicago, Field Ecology: March 2015
Adventure Risk Challenge, Youth Group: March 2015
UCSB Office of Education Partnerships, Sedgwick, Santa Ynez: September 2015
California Academy of Sciences Youth Group: March 2015
York Middle School (Toro Park, CA): April 2015
CSU Monterey Bay Ecology Class: December 2015, May 2016
UC Berkeley Cal Day: April 2016
Alvarez High School, Salinas, AP Biology guest lecture. May 2016
UC Berkeley California Ecology Class, May 2016
If you are interested in an outreach event about i) oaks, ii) ornithology, iii) behavioral biology, iv) how to become a scientist etc, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I consider it my privilege to talk to as many open ears as possible.