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Earyn McGee


I am a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in the School Natural Resources and the Environment. I am passionate about field research, herpetology, and social justice. This is reflected in my research which focuses on how drought affects lizards in arid environments and also how to increase the representation of African American women in natural resources careers. I have served my community as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholars graduate mentor, the Co-chair of her department’s Inclusive Excellence committee, and as a science communicator. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @Afro_Herper. I run a popular social media game called #FindThatLizard. Every week I post a photo of a lizard camouflaged in its natural environment and players have to find it. I use this game as an opportunity to teach people about lizards and build a greater appreciation for these cool animals. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking and nature photography, watching tv, and reading a good book. I am looking forward to growing as a science communicator with the Las Vegas Review Journal.


Earyn McGee smiles in front of a mottled grey background while wearing a white sweater.

The University of Arizona

Fellowship Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Fellowship Host: The Las Vegas Review-Journal