I have always had one foot in science and another in art. As an undergraduate, I pursued these interests separately: writing a book-length manuscript of poetry for one thesis and studying rattlesnake evolution for another. After graduating, I discovered the world of science communication-- a way to sit at the nexus of my interests. I immediately enjoyed the challenge of molding a research paper into a narrative or an image, whether by freelancing as a science writer or making stop-motion videos about neuroscience.
I am currently a 3rd year PhD student at North Carolina State University exploring what happens at the intersection of the human and natural worlds. Specifically, I study how public participation in science impacts how people think about environmental issues. As a graduate student I have continued my involvement in science communication, serving on the programming committee of the ComSciCon science communication conference, the Board of Directors of the non-profit the Science Communicators of North Carolina, and organizing an on-campus science writing group. Outside of my research, I am working on walking across the state of North Carolina by section-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
I am thrilled at the opportunity to more deeply explore what a career in science communication might be like by writing for the Austin American-Statesman this summer!