My interest in volunteering and outreach began as an undergraduate student in Michigan USA. I was actively involved in the Soil and Water Conservation Society; President of the Grand Valley State University Chapter during my final year. As a chapter we lead river restoration and invasive species removal projects in West Michigan. Along with these experiences, my childhood fascination with koalas and life-long interests in Australia, inspired me to travel there and participate in forest restoration projects; that further inspired my seven years as a student and resident in northern Australia.
In 2014, I was an invited speaker at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School in Edinburgh. I spent a week engaging with students and staff about fishes, rivers and migration. I wrote a blog post about my experience. Again in 2016, I spoke with students at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School in Scotland, and Beaumont Middle School in Kentucky, about fishes, rivers, and human impacts on these environments and species.
Now back in the United Kingdom, I am once again an active STEM Ambassador, this time in Southwest Wales. If you would like to know more about how to become a STEM Ambassador please contact me. The FIRE Lab team are also actively engaged in the communities in and around Swansea. You can follow along with FIRE Lab activities and stories both through our Blog and Twitter.
Through FIRE Lab, myself and artist Rose Davies are also working closely with two teachers at Newton Primary School in Mumbles, Swansea through their Continuing Professional Development to establish two art-science elements in their curriculum focused on water and species migration. Stay tuned for updates on this project into 2020.