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 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.
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. I am also a budding mentor with Mullany Fund. I look forward to sharing stories from my experiences in these two programs. If you would like to know more about how to become a mentor in either program, please contact me.