Outreach and Community Service
I currently divide my outreach and community service at two levels: 1) governmental and nonprofits; 2) local communities. As science literacy in the US is dropping compared to other developed countries, I believe that we as scientists have an obligation to serve our communities and instill an appreciation and a basic understanding of the process of science in everyone. Therefore, I have committed myself to outreach and community service to all ages. Also, we are just beginning to understand the impacts of anthropogenic lighting on animals (including humans) and thus we must act quickly to reduce the consequences of lighting up our nights. To tackle this concern, I have worked with both the National Park Service and Department of Energy to mitigate the effects of light pollution. Lastly, I am heavily involved with the nonprofit: Zoological Lighting Institute including being an active board member and director of data collection.
I frequently collaborate with museums, botanical gardens, and nature centers to provide support for events and exhibits. If you are interested in including me, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Furthermore, I have served inner-city children of Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson through numerous venues (see CV). If you are interested in having me come to your school to present or to lead an activity, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).