Outreach

Outreach is a crucial component of science. My goal as an outreach participant is to stress the importance of scientific research, education, and conservation in fun and meaningful ways.

“Brain Awareness Week”
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
March 12, 2015

April Lamb and I hosted a booth displaying behavioral and physiological characteristics of socially-induced sex change in bluehead wrasses using pictures, videos, posters, and microscope slides.

Viewing bluehead wrasse brains under the microscope.

Viewing bluehead wrasse brains under the microscope. Photo courtesy of NCSU Genetics Program.

Video of a bluehead wrasse female changing sex.

Video of a bluehead wrasse female changing sex. Photo courtesy of NCSU Genetics Program.

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April Lamb at the behavioral demonstration.

Glenaire Continuing Care Retirement Community
July 9, 2014

Two undergrads from NC State (Sidney Gaston Sanchez, Brandon Klapheke), two undergrads from Indian River State College (Jeannie Brady, Alison Lukowsky), and I presented our research projects to the residents of Glenaire. We talked about our summer fieldwork in the Florida Keys and lab work back at NC State, and showed underwater pictures and videos of sex-changing fish.

Presenting research on sex-changing fish at Glenaire Continuing Care Retirement Community. Photo courtesy of Dr. Bill Tyler.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Bill Tyler.

Demonstrating different types of behaviors that we measure to determine if females are changing sex, including different types of aggressive and sexual behaviors. Photo courtesy of Dr. Bill Tyler.

Demonstrating different types of behaviors that we measure to determine if females are changing sex, including aggressive and sexual behaviors. Photo courtesy of Dr. Bill Tyler.

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Speaking with the residents. Photo courtesy of Dr. Bill Tyler.

 

“The Pocosin Project”
Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, Raleigh, NC
April 5, 2014

This event was designed and executed during the NC Science Festival by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. I helped explain the function and importance of carnivorous plants in the pocosins of North Carolina.

Pocosin Project

The Carnivorous Plant Station, one of several stations educating the public on features of pocosins. Photo courtesy of APNEP.

“Brain Awareness Week”
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
March 13, 2014

During National Brain Awareness Week, post-docs and grad students presented short talks to the general public on the brain research we conduct. The talks took place in the Daily Planet auditorium. Other activities included hands-on booths hosted by neurobiologists and behavioral biologists at NC State University, as well as a talk by Dr. Larry Swanson.

Presentating during "Brain Awareness Week" at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 3-13-2014

Photo courtesy of Dr. Daniel Ksepka.

 

“Creeks to Coast” Workshop
Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, Raleigh, NC
April 13, 2013

This outreach project was planned and executed by five science professionals and myself: Sherry Graham (Director of the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center), Dr. John Godwin (Prof. at NC State University), Dr. Meredith Kintzing (Post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill), and Bill Martin and John Fout (Science educators at middle schools in NC), as part of the 2012 Researcher-Educator Exchange Forum (REEF), an NSF-funded forum sponsored by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence in the SouthEast (COSEE SE). We planned a half-day “Creeks to Coast” workshop that was aimed at grade 5-12 educators, with the goal of introducing them to the teaching resources available at the Wetlands Center. People of all ages were welcome to participate. For publicity from this event, click here.

Wading in a small tributary of Walnut Creek to test water conditions.

Wading in a small tributary of Walnut Creek to test water quality.  Photo courtesy of E-Ching Lee.

Reading the pH, water hardness, nitrate and nitrite levels, and chlorine levels of our water sample.

Reading the pH, water hardness, nitrate and nitrite levels, and chlorine levels of our water sample. Photo courtesy of E-Ching Lee.

Dr. Meredith Kintzing handing out water sampling equipment. Photo courtesy of E-Ching Lee.

Dr. Meredith Kintzing handing out water sampling equipment. Photo courtesy of E-Ching Lee.

 

“Saturday Academy”
NC State University North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NCSU NC-MSEN PCP)
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Raleigh, NC
February 25, 2012

This ongoing Saturday program is aimed at motivating under-served middle school and high school students to pursue college education, particularly studies in STEM fields. Dr. John Godwin and I talked about scientific research with students across NC, using our own research as an example.