Effective communication is critical for scientists who want to reach a public audience. I am active in public outreach and view it not only as a public good, but as an essential component of my academic life. Inspiring the next generation of scientists and contributing to public discourse are among the best tools we have to do tangible good. For those of us working in the field of conservation, it can make all the difference.
In 2014 I was a national finalist at FameLab, the National Geographic/NASA sponsored public science competition, where I spoke about the role scat detection dogs can play in primate conservation.
Additionally, I was invited to speak about gibbons and “Icky Science” at Comicon and scientific outreach by The American Association of Anthropological Genetics. My work has been profiled by Science News, Yunnan Television (China), and Washington University.