Outreach

Rory (back right) with his Clubes de Ciencia, Mexico class at Celestun Biosphere Reserve in Yucatan, MX

Rory (back right) with his Clubes de Ciencia, Mexico class at Celestun Biosphere Reserve in Yucatan, MX

Most people spend a tiny portion of their lives in science class, yet a basic understanding of up-to-date science is necessary for making important choices in the modern world, particularly at the doctor’s office or voting booth.  Thus, I believe that an important responsibility is to disseminate modern scientific thought to the broader public.  To this end, I continuously strive to participate in informal education and outreach and I have partnered with multiple zoos, museums, and charitable organizations throughout my career.  For example, I served as a resident scientist at Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa during the final year of my PhD training.  I also recently served as an instructor for Clubes de Ciencia, Mexico where I taught an immersive, experiential camp for local undergraduates on thermal biology and experimental design.  Currently, I work with the Pacific Science Center's Portal to the Public program as a Science Communication Fellow.  

Students in the field with a greater short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi, at bottom)

Students in the field with a greater short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi, at bottom)

Rory presenting at "Scientist on a Stage!" at Pacific Science Center.

Rory presenting at "Scientist on a Stage!" at Pacific Science Center.

Rory presenting at "Meet a Scientist" at the Pacific Science Center.  These young guests were conducting an experiment to determine the thermal preference of crickets!

Rory presenting at "Meet a Scientist" at the Pacific Science Center.  These young guests were conducting an experiment to determine the thermal preference of crickets!

Recently, I appeared on Public Radio International's "Living on Earth" to discuss the results of our study (Telemeco et al. 2013. Am Nat 181:637-648) examining how well adjusting nesting date will buffer painted turtle populations from climate change.  

I also appeared on Iowa Public Radio's "River to River" with Robert Literman to discuss temperature-dependent sex determination and climate change.

I provide presentations concerning a broad array of ecological and evolutionary topics for numerous groups each year.  If you have an idea for a seminar or program for your group in the Auburn, AL area that my colleagues or I could assist with, please let me know - we are always looking for ways to become more involved with our community! 

Rory demonstrating behavioral thermoregulation for Clubes de Ciencia, MX, at Modelo University, Merida, MX

Rory demonstrating behavioral thermoregulation for Clubes de Ciencia, MX, at Modelo University, Merida, MX