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.
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!