Science Communication & Outreach

Since 2013 I have dedicated a portion of my time to improving science education outreach in the city of Athens, GA, the University of Georgia, and Sonoma County, CA. Many of these organizations have graduate student participation from the Dept. of Plant Biology, as well as community involvement.

American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

( 2019 ) On the ballot for President of ASPB
( 2018–Current ) ASPB membership committee, post-doc representative
( 2018–Current ) Ambassador Alliance, membership representative
( 2015–2018 ) ASPB Ambassador
( 2016–2018 ) Planning Committee | Annual Plant Biology Conference (PB17; PB18)

My involvement with the American Society of Plant Biologists is diverse. I have served as an ambassador and early career representative in numerous governance and leadership positions. I also actively engage in science communication for this organization. In late 2016 I was awarded the ASPB Community Engagement Grant, which allowed me to create the “Between the Palms” science interview series. In 2019, I am running to become President of this organization.

Athens March for Science

( 2017 ) Graphic Design Artist

I designed the main flyer for the Athens March for Science, which can be located here!

Athens Science Observer

(2015–Current ) Contributing author
( 2016 ) Editor-in-Chief
( 2015 ) Associate Editor
( 2015 ) Co-founder

This student-run organization has two goals (1) train students to effectively communicate their science to a lay audience and (2) provide a platform for students to post their work and engage the community through a website and social media advertising. Further we sponsor workshops and science communication career Q&As for our students. Since its creation in fall 2015, ASO has trained over 68 students across 18 UGA disciplines and have grown to become one of the largest student science organizations on campus. I am a co-founder of the Athens Science Observer and served as the Editor-in-Chief for 2016. Currently I contribute my own blogs, podcasts, and infographics on topics related to my thesis, specifically water and food security. The Athens Science Observer can be located at:

Athens Science Café

( 2013–Current ) Programming Board
( 2013–2017 ) Organizer
( 2013 ) Co-founder

Aimed to improve public engagement and dialogue in basic science, this local organization facilitates monthly presentations between scientists and a general audience. Free to its patrons, the Athens Science Café has hosted a diversity of topics, speakers, and audience members from across northeast Georgia. As of spring 2017, we have had 32 events. Over three years, monthly attendance has trended upwards and ranges from 120-180 people depending on topic. Further, the Athens Science Café has partnered with numerous independent groups across Athens including the Athens Clarke County Economic Development Department and has received two large grants from the University of Georgia. I am a co-founder and previous organizer of the Athens Science Café. The Athens Science Café can be located at:

BioTAP 2.0

( 2017 ) Lead animator

The NSF funded Biology Teaching Assistant Project (BioTAP) is a network of anyone interested in improving the teaching professional development (TPD) provided to biology graduate students.

Georgia Science and Engineering Fair

( 2013–2016 ) Judge

I have served as a Georgia Science and Engineering Fair middle school judge for three years. Nothing fancy here, I just like to encourage young scientists.

Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium

( 2017 ) Programming Committee
( 2017 ) Co-lead | Marketing Committee

The Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium (IRIS) is a university sponsored research symposium geared at giving researchers (specifically graduate students) opportunities to relay their work. This event was lead by the Graduate Professions Student Association, and was co-sponsored by the University of Georgia, Duke University, Georgia Tech, and Emory University.

Plant Biology Graduate Student Association

( 2017–2018 ) Peer Development Mentor / Peer Teaching Evaluator
( 2015–2016 ) Secretary
( 2013–2014 ) Vice President

PBGSA or the Plant Biology Graduate Student Association is an organization devoted to the graduate students in the Department of Plant Biology at UGA. I have been elected three times during my graduate career to help with different positions. For the most recent position, Peer Development Mentor, I am redefining the role to become a broader mentor to younger students, helping to increase teaching proficiency but also run workshops for profession development on skills such as website design, the Adobe suite, and ggplot in R.

Plantae Network

( 2017–2018 ) Plantae Steering Committee

What started as a partnership between ASPB and the Global Plant Council, Plantae is an online global community and knowledge hub housing content, discussions, and resources created by plant scientists for plant scientists. I serve as the sole graduate student representative on the steering committee, which includes university faculty, industry partners, and multiple plant society governance representatives. The committee is responsible for guiding the development and expansion of this platform.

PLoS ECR blog:

( 2014–2015 ) Contributing Editor

Science, Policy, Education, Advocacy and Research (SPEAR) organization

( 2017 ) VP of External Affairs
( 2017 ) Co-founder

SPEAR is a university organization that aims to give graduate students a platform to explore science policy, and become part of the conversation. Due to time constraints, I have stepped away from the daily operations of this organization, but contributed heavily to its establishment.


( 2017 ) Co-founding member | Science Communication Lead

Image result for stemzone ugaSTEMzone was a campus wide science booth fair event held in Nov. 2017 before a UGA home football game as a way for the science community to interact with tailgaters. As science communication lead, I organized workshops to train graduate students and develop materials that would highlight research conducted on campus.

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