I love telling others about my work and other cool science out there! My favorite part of doing research is sharing what I've found and engaging others in it. I've participated in and led many K-12 outreach events, public awareness of events, and most recently, science writing! I am also passionate about ocean policy. I'm fascinated by the intersection between science inquiry and decision making. Check out my science policy work and policy-related communications here.
To read my science writing: click here. To read some fun flyers about cool animals & researchers: click here.
Earth Science Day - Oceans Room
April 29th, 2019
As part of CLEAN Education (a graduate student-led K-12 climate change outreach program), I co-organized the "Ocean" room for our Earth Science Day. K-8 Vista Verde students were able to learn and get hands-on fun with a tide pool touch tank (seen above), ocean plastics True/False wheel, ocean acidification simulation, and water sampling techniques.
Plastic Pollution Outreach
Periodically help with beach clean ups and plastic pollution outreach events. In the past, I have helped educate the public about plastic pollution and plastic alternatives during an Earth Day and Homecoming tabling event at UCI.
Girls in Ocean Science Conference
Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA
February 15th, 2020
I participated as a guest scientist speaker for the conference. I organized and led a 40 min lesson on mussel activity where students tested their prediction about tide height and mussel size. Students learned to use calipers to measure mussels, collect data, enter data into excel, and interpret their results. In addition, they had a few minutes to dissect a mussel. I had a great time!
December 2020 - Ongoing
I've participated in Skype a Scientist twice since Decemeber 2020! I spoke with high schoolers about my career path and research. I created and engaged 3rd grade students in several activities to learn about the intertidal and animal adaptations. I recently led a lesson and discussion about climate change, weather, and ocean animals with 5th graders.
School on Wheels
Summer STEM Outreach Program
School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization dedicated to tutoring homeless children in California.
I served as a tutor in the program and participated as a guest speaker for their summer program. I gave a short lecture on marine invertebrates and tidepools the first day followed by a touch tank with snails, mussels, and hermit crabs! The second day, we learned about biodiversity and food webs. The children learned to calculate biodiversity (richness & evenness) and construct food webs. Along the way, I also answered questions about my career and research.