Reaching Beyond Academia
I have been fortunate to initiate, and participate in, excellent outreach projects related to my research. I feel that these opportunities to reach people outside of my field and outside academia are incredibly important. Research should be fun! Seeing the excitement I feel about my work reflected by people outside of academia is a great feeling.
My outreach has included national programs such as the National Science Foundation GK12 Fellowship that strives to connect K-12 students with active scientists. I have also been an active writer on ecology topics for a nationally known journal group, advised a team creating a "first-person salmon" video game, engaged the public directly through crowdfunding initiatives, and presented to K-12 students and fishing clubs.