As scientists, it is important to share our research and promote the importance of environmental health and resilience to the broader community. I greatly enjoy engaging in public outreach events. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our ability to safely participate in such events. However, this has also presented the opportunity to develop online educational resources that are both accessible and easily distributed. I have been working with fellow NSF postdoc, Dr. Kelcie Chiquillo, to develop online content to share our research as well as our experiences working in the field and the laboratory as marine molecular biologists. Stay tuned for more soon!
The 2022 World Ocean Day event at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, FL brought together a variety of local scientists, conservationists, and other partners for a day of learning about and celebrating coastline protection and marine life. I spoke with museum attendees about the causes and consequences of ocean acidification.
During a field trip to Bonaire, Ph.D. candidate Serena Hackerott and myself spoke with the STINAPA Bonaire Junior Rangers. We shared our current and past research as well as our own unique experiences as early career scientists.
The Hofmann Lab hosts an annual public event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center for World Oceans Day. This collaborative event brings together science, music, and art.
With the Hofmann Lab, I have acted as a science communicator and lecturer at public events ranging from the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve) to McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
From 2014-2019, I volunteered with the Family Ultimate Science Exploration (FUSE) program through the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP). FUSE events are conducted at junior high schools throughout Santa Barbara and Carpinteria County. As a FUSE science communicator, I led hands-on activities with students and their families. These activities span biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Through this program, I aimed to share my research, engage with families in my community, and foster an understanding of and excitement for science.