Outreach Activities and Presentations
Sunset Zoo – Science Communication Fellowship
Coordinator, Centro de Investigaciones de las Huastecas Aguazarca - One of the primary outreach outlets for my research is through involvement with CICHAZ in the Huasteca region of Mexico. Expanding educational and outreach programs is a priority for CICHAZ. We were recently awarded with an National Science Foundation Field Station and Marine Laboratories grant for strategic planning. This award will enable us to bring together top experts in research and education on both the social and life sciences to develop strategies for implementing research and educational programs and determine needs for future upgrades to infrastructure to continue to serve a diverse group of users at the station.
CiM-Bio – CICHAZ Mentoring in Biology: The goal of the CiM-Bio program is to support university attendance and pursuit of STEM careers by students in rural Mexico. The program is designed to pair middle and high school students from the local community with university students or PIs to provide structured research experiences during the summer months at the CICHAZ field station.
High School Presentation (Calnali, Hidalgo) – In the summer of 2012 I gave a short talk at the local high school in Calnali. The talk was about basic molecular biology and its applications to studying fish biology and evolution.
Judge, Ruth M. Patrick Award – Joint meeting of American Society of Naturalists and Society for the Study of Evolution. I judged student posters at the 2014 joint meeting of Evolution and ASN in Raleigh, NC to help choose the winner of the Ruth M. Patrick Award.
Article for FishChum – Natural variation in wild-caught swordtails. Link (leaves site)
Article for FishChum – Observation of a novel, pigmented sword in X. malinche in its natural habitat. Link(leaves site)
Article for Tropical Fish Hobbyist – Variation in wild swordtails. Link(leaves site)
C.S.I. Calnali – This is a short video I made while at the CICHAZ field station as a graduate student. The video is take on the popular C.S.I. television show and features neighborhood children investigating crime in swordtail hybrid zones using molecular biology. The video is subtitled in both English and Spanish, and is available on Youtube. The video is two parts in order to be able to host on Youtube, and Part 1 is available here with English subtitles.