K-12 & Girls in STEM
Skype a Scientist – Skype with classes grades 4-7 across US, featuring natural history specimen props.
Daises Dig Dire Wolves @ the La Brea Tar Pits
I regularly take on the role as an ambassador for women in science by designing and participating in programs for K-12 girls and Girl Scouts.
Adventures in Nature – Lead owl pellet sorting activity for camp at Natural History Museum of LA.
Jr. Scientist Program – Act as “visiting scientist” for 6-9 yr olds and their families at Natural History Museum of LA. Topics including “food webs” and “shrews!”
Career Days – Participate in local career days at elementary schools.
Community Museum Events
I regularly lead tours at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum for diverse audiences. I have a lot of fun translating my active research programs for the general public through museum outreach events such as Dino Fest, Haunted Museum, and Nature Fest.
High School Science Fairs
Society for Science & the Public Advocate
I was named a 2018 “Advocate” to support high school science fair projects. My six students from the Girls Academic Leadership Academy participated in the 2019 Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair.
I was also the official chaperone for the California State Science & Engineering Fair finalists attending the 2019 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. There, I delivered a talk for 200+ high school students and teachers: “Expanding access to ecology and evolution science fair projects using traditional and digital museum collections”
Judging Local Science Fairs
California State Science Fair • Gaspar de Portola Middle School Science Fair • Hollywood High School Senior Projects • Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair • Orange County Science & Engineering Fair • Riverside County Science & Engineering Fair
Listen to a podcast about the solenodon featuring local conservationists by undergraduate student Laura Cussen!
I’ve also been featured on the podcast Science… Sort of
Outreach in the Dominican Republic
I truly love working in the Dominican Republic and am grateful to work with so many wonderful people and organizations striving to protect its native biodiversity, including the National Museum of Natural History of Santo Domingo and the conservation group Grupo Jaragua. As an outside scientist, these organizations have provided me an opportunity to engage communities in the Dominican Republic.