My Sci Comm Career Summary
I love my research and because I love it so much, I enjoy communicating it to the world. I decided years ago that I needed to practice at science communication to become better at communicating my own work. My first real adventure in science communication was launching my blog, Strictlyfishwrap, in 2012. This blog, in addition to some misplaced scallop gonads, landed me a comedy piece on The Colbert Report. This piqued my interest even more in developing a diverse set of science communication skills that I could use to share my science with the world. I started using Twitter in 2013, that so that helped me stay in touch and learn from other prominent science communicators.
Since then I got involved in live storytelling and I am a producer for The Story Collider, started my own radio show and podcast The Strictlyfishwrap Science Radio Hour (which is on hold for 2018 while I’m in D.C.), and have written for various blogs like The Plainspoken Scientist. Some great folks in New Hampshire even invited me to give a TEDx talk where I explained why the sex life of our seafood matters. Since 2018, I am very involved with the Ecological Society of America as the current (2019-2021) Secretary of the ESA Communication & Engagement Section leadership team. Last year, I published an article with my collaborator Gabi Serrato Marks in Scientific American on being scientists with medical conditions and disabilities. We are now under contract with Columbia University Press for our book Uncharted!
A full list of all my science communication activities can be found below.
From 2019-2021 I was the Secretary for the Ecological Society of America’s Communication & Engagement Section. Fall 2021 I will start serving as a member of the Ecological Society of America’s Committee on Diversity.
I am also the Editor-in-Chief for the new Human Dimensions Series in The Bulletin. In this series, we will be hearing about the human dimension work of many member sections of the Ecological Society of America. A new piece will be published in the Open Access journal every month starting in November 2019. We will be closing this series at the end of 2021.
I am an alum of the 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. From February 2018 through January 2019, I worked as a legislative fellow on the Senate Environment and Public Works Minority Staff in Washington, D.C., and learned much about how environment and infrastructure policy is made on Capitol Hill.
Uncharted Book Project – Under Contract!
Gabi Serrato Marks and I are under contract with Columbia University Press for the book, Uncharted! Keep up to date with book updates on our substack/newsletter. We hope to have updates in early 2022 about the book’s release date and more.
“Uncharted highlights the experiences of scientists who have faced changes to their career, including both successes and challenges, because of their health. It is not a review of the science behind our health conditions: instead, it is a collection of deeply personal perspectives and views shared by the people behind the science. It shares not only health challenges, but the joys, sorrows, humor, and wonder from people who love science — no matter who many barriers they have to face. These stories don’t reduce people to “overcoming” their disabilities in order to be successful; the scientists are thriving (or struggling) alongside their conditions. Edited by two scientists which chronic health conditions, these stories showcase a wide variety of disabilities, experiences, and emotions.” ~ Gabi Serrato Marks
Talks & Television Experiences
My Speaking Events page covers my latest and more well-known speaking engagements since 2013.
Radio & Podcasts
Check out my experiences producing the Strictlyfishwrap Science Radio Hour, the Ocean’ Lovin’ series, and other radio and podcast experiences.
Blogging: SFW and beyond
In 2012, I started the Strictlyfishwrap (SFW) blog. First, I spent many years soliciting entries from graduate students about their stories of life as a scientist and student. This morphed into a platform for sharing SFW Science Radio Hour podcasts. This year the website is dormant, but that may change in 2019.
I guest blogged for several science communication blogs including AGU and ESA. You can see all my guest posts here.
Videos, Photography & Art Projects
I have dabbled in a few video, photo and art projects through the years. I have a particular fondness for making collages. I continue to submit to the AIBS Faces of Biology Contest every year, despite not producing a winning entry… yet. Check out my page for my highlighted video and photography projects.
See my Teaching page for more information on my latest educational outreach activities.
Written Interviews & Publications
Visit my Publications page to see my scientific publications, technical reports, conference summaries and interviews.