Science & Conservation Outreach

One of the most enjoyable parts of a research program is getting to share your message! Below are some of the ways I've shared conservation messages, and ways that I've served academic and conservation communities.


I've been involved with PARC since 2014, first as Communications Intern and then Communications Specialist. My duties involve putting together the annual report; managing internal communications; and participating in strategic planning and ongoing tasks of the Executive Committee. I also oversee the other interns, and have been involved in developing a social media strategy.

Screenshot from the 2016 annual report - click the image to download the full report!

Screenshot from the 2016 annual report - click the image to download the full report!


During my summers at MLBS, I've been involved in a number of public outreach activities. Though the audiences vary, the ultimate goal is to teach children and adults what it means to be a field biologist; explain the "whats" and "whys" of my research; and promote the conservation of local wildlife. Audiences include:

Novarro Lab Salamander Exhibit at an open house event

Novarro Lab Salamander Exhibit at an open house event

Teaching kids how to safely handle salamanders

Teaching kids how to safely handle salamanders


I've been involved with the BEES student task team on and off throughout my PhD experience. My involvement includes:

  • Graduate Student Research Award committee
  • Graduate Student Retreat Planning committee
  • Graduate Student Service Award committee
  • Social Chair

I also participated in the 1st annual Maryland Wildlife Quest event at Maryland Day, hosted by the taskforce. During this event, we taught children and adults about local wildlife through a scavenger hunt, trivia, and plant/animal coloring sheets! See photos below.

Scavenger hunt for MD wildlife, using fake animals, except for the live salamander station!

Scavenger hunt for MD wildlife, using fake animals, except for the live salamander station!

Some BEES students in front of the coloring wall.

Some BEES students in front of the coloring wall.


One of my most exciting outreach activities was guest hosting a podcast, TreSci Weekly! See video below: