Outreach

Bringing science to others is one of the most rewarding parts of the scientific process. All scientists share their results with one another, but bringing those results to students and the public is every bit as important. Here are a few examples of recent efforts:

 

Professional outreach

I communicate with other scientists through my frequent contributions to The Molecular Ecologist blog, where I have been a contributor for three years. I use this platform to share new and interesting published studies, conduct interviews with other scientists, and review current trends in the field. You can read all of my posts here.

 

In Ohio communities

My outreach efforts are focused where I do the majority of my field work: Crawford County, Ohio. Thanks the incredible efforts of Crawford Parks Naturalist Josh Dyer, hundreds of Crawford County citizens turn out for various nature programs during the spring and summer. I generally appear at these events to lead wetland explorations, give talks to community groups, or just talk to school children about cool amphibians. You can read more about my relationship with Crawford County in the Fall 2015 Parks Newsletter here.

 

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Josh Dyer (left) and two of Crawford County’s Young Naturalists collect some salamander morphology data

 

Helping Ohio State students reach out

At Ohio State, I was one of the founding members and advisors for the Evolution and Ecology Club, a formal university organization formed for students interested in Evolution, Ecology, Zoology, Conservation, and Organismal Biology to interact with graduate students/faculty and provide career development. We’ve built the E&E Club from an idea during an undergraduate lab meeting into a 100+ member, active organization that has brought in speakers from around the United States.

 

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Founding E&E Club members Meghan Parsley (left) and Abby Pomento (right) identify an Anuran during the annual Snake Road, Illinois field trip