I'm immensely grateful for the opportunities and access I've had, especially in museum collections. However, I never knew these opportunities were even possible until I was skinning my first specimen. Therefore, in parallel to conducting research, I'm committed to teaching kids about both the utility and wonder of museum collections, and how stuffy-sounding concepts like taxonomy are actually the foundation for cutting-edge science!
In addition to giving Latin taxonomy workshops described here, I also:
organize events to inspire girls to pursue careers in biological fields with Young Women in Bio, Capital Region Chapter
review articles for middle and high school students with the Journal of Emerging Investigators
am a science pen pal with Letters to a Pre-Scientist
Middle School Workshop on Latin Names & Taxonomy
I developed a virtual hour-long workshop for middle school Latin classes on basic taxonomic concepts and how scientific binomial Latin names for species are created and used. At the end of class, students invent their own imaginary animal species and created new unique Latin names for them! We also talk about how vital taxonomy, museum collections, and the study of Latin are for many different fields of science.
Brambleton & Stone Hill Middle Schools, 2022