I am very passionate about talking to the public about science, the environment, and climate change. This passion extends to practicing SciComm in academic settings, through teaching and presenting at academic conferences. See below for a brief overview of my training and experience with SciComm. For a detailed list of my training, please download my full CV here.
For some of my favourite resources to learn about the environment, see my list here:
Formal SciComm Training
In 2019, I completed a Science Communication Fellowship Program with the Telus World of Science Edmonton. Throughout the program, my cohort and I learned how to creatively and effectively communicate complex scientific topics to the general public. We then developed interactive table displays to showcase our research and presented them to the public during opening hours.
Formal Teaching Training
Learning to be an effective teacher in the classroom has further strengthened my ability to present to the public on scientific topics. I’ve taken two formal courses on teaching through the University of Alberta’s Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, and am currently enrolled in a third: Level 1 (Foundations, completed Feb 2021), Level 2 (Practicum, completed June 2021), and Level 3 (Pedagogy and Course Design, completed May 2022).
Throughout my undergrad degree (Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC) I volunteered with the Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER), a student-led organization that aimed to increase the public’s understanding of the science of climate change using scientific demonstrations. With ACER I presented to classrooms, at public engagement events, and for local environmental organizations. My passion and dedication to ACER was recognized when I was hired to lead the group as the Coordinator, which included training volunteer presenters, coordinating public presentation events, and organizing the annual ACER conference. Through my work with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (Nanaimo, BC) I often presented at public engagement events about our work and to local environmental organizations about the Coastal Forest Plant Phenology Project to garner interest in volunteering with us. I’ve also travelled to Churchill MB twice to volunteer with Polar Bears International. When there, I work in the PBI House, leading tours and teaching visiting tourists about polar bears, climate change, and my research. Currently, I work for the Osoyoos Desert Centre as an Interpretive Tour Guide. At our site, which includes 67 acres of protected and endangered Antelope-brush habitat, I teach visitors about the local ecology, human influence on the environment, and the importance of conservation.
Throughout 2021, I was fortunate enough to be funded by Earth Rangers through their Wildlife Adoptions program. In March 2021, I did a Facebook Live interview with them to discuss my research working on polar bears in Davis Strait (Canada). In December 2021, I was part of the Earth Rangers Podcast to talk about my recent trip to Churchill volunteering with Polar Bears International. I was also featured in two of their blogs: Polar Power and It’s Another Day in the Life.
In my undergraduate degree I presented my research at two internal conferences (the annual VIU CREATE Conference) and at the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference in 2016, where I was awarded an honorary mention for my research on the Vancouver Island Marmot. Through my work with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute I planned, facilitated, and presented at the 2019 Regional Research Conference. During my current MSc thesis I have presented at one internal (RE Peter Biology Conference), two regional (both, the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Conference), and one international conference (The 27th International Conference on Bear Research and Management).
Through my MSc, I was a Teaching Assistant for two courses: BIOL 366 (Northern Ecology) and BIOL 108 (Introduction to Biological Diversity). For the former, I assisted primarily with marking duties but also met with students to provide additional support. For the latter, I taught a lab of 20 students. The content included evolutionary principles and classification, major ecosystem processes, and the scientific process. I have also tutored undergraduate students in EAS 210 (Engineering Earth Science), with topics related to rocks and minerals, weathering, mass wasting, groundwater, etc.