Outreach & Communication

I came to realize the importance of effective science communication almost immediately upon beginning graduate school, and decided it was crucial that I complement my academic research training with communication skills. As such, I have devoted time and energy to developing my these skills, as well as outreach to non-academic audiences. 

K-12 Students & Teachers

I have participated in several outreach programs that aim to benefit K-12 students and educators. These include:

1) PolarTREC, an NSF funded program that pairs polar researchers with K-12 teachers. Check out our field season with teacher Rebecca Harris in 2017, and NAU's coverage!

2) Scientists in the Classroom, a 1-on-1 mentoring program at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff, AZ.

3) The MBARI Earth Satellite Workshop program, where I co-hosted a Climate Change workshop for teachers in Flagstaff, AZ, along with science teacher Jillian Worssam.

Science Communication & Writing

While in graduate school, I have developed my communication and non-scientific writing skills, with efforts including the following:

1) I have completed NAU's Graduate Certificate program in Science Communication, and have had extensive training in writing for non-scientific audiences, as well as elementary documentary skills (photo, audio, and video). 

2) I wrote several "explainers" to accompany a short film about water resources associated with the Colorado River, Vanishing River, produced by NAU's Advanced Media Lab.

3) I am a writer for Science News for Students, and occasionally write pieces that appear on their website.

Check out the recent stories about our review paper in Nature on the Holocene global "temperature conundrum"!

Check out our recorded event, that blended perspectives on art, policy, and science to consider recent catastrophic wildfires in the western US.

On March 2, 2023 at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research - recording can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov8bxmCCDV0