My interest in volunteering and outreach to protect and restore land and water 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 were actively involved in river restoration and invasive species removal throughout West Michigan. These experiences inspired me to travel abroad to participate in forest restoration projects in Australia, twice a volunteer with The Australian Koala Foundation, which inspired my seven year stint as a student and resident in tropical Australia. More recently I have been active in science communication and outreach to schools and communities, organizing activities for World Fish Migration Day both in the USA and the United Kingdom.
In April 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.
Migratory fish passports, posters and stickers were created, displayed and distributed during World Fish Migration Day @ Shedd Aquarium 2014! More than 10,000 visitors learned about the world’s migratory fishes!
In 2016, I spoke remotely from my office in France with students at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School and Beaumont Middle School about fishes, rivers, and human impacts on these environments and species. I’ll be speaking with Beaumont Middle School, and other students again in 2017, and hopefully for years to come.