Sexual Conflict over Mate Choice: From Natural History to Evolutionary Insight

I was invited to give a public Research Spotlight webinar at the Yale Peabody Museum, with Q&A afterward. It was a really fun opportunity to bring my evolutionary theory modeling work to a general audience.

Fighting Isn’t Sexy in Lekking Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

This is a 6-min research talk I recorded for the Virtual Animal Behavior Society Meeting on July 28, 2020. An advantage of the pre-recorded format is that I am able to share it here!

The Story Collider: Invisibility

A live-audience storytelling event with the science podcast “The Story Collider.” I told a personal story about the tension between the pressure to collect as much data as possible and the necessity of trying to minimize risks in science, drawing on my experiences as a research assistant mist-netting birds in central China. Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY. May 16, 2017. 15-min story. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2017/10/27/pressure-stories-about-stressful-situations?rq=pressure

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Zoology Tours

Throughout my time as a graduate student at Yale, I led dozens behind-the-scenes tours of the world-class vertebrate zoology research collection for members of the public. It is one of my absolute favorite things- sharing the exciting breadth of biodiversity with diverse audiences.

“Cicada Practices”

A popular science booklet on cicada breeding biology in Martha’s Quarterly Issue 2, part of an Artist Book subscription series in collaboration with New York Artist Tammy Nguyen. New York, NY. Winter 2016. Passenger Pigeon Press.

Passenger Pigeon Press 1st Anniversary Exhibition

I contributed a piece to a gallery exhibition incorporating two museum specimens I prepared from the collection of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. I love that I was able to present these objects, these bodies of birds, in a space spanning the worlds of nature, science and art. La Maison d’Art, New York, NY. November 2017.

PBS WNET Thirteen Nest Extravaganza

Panel discussion and presentation of bird nest specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum with Janet Hess, writer of PBS Nature’s Animal Homes Part One: The Nest and Fred Kaufman, PBS Nature Executive Producer. Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, New York, NY. Nov 17, 2015. 90 minutes.

Avian taxidermy demonstration at Pierrepont Academy

I performed a hands-on demo of a cardinal being prepared as a scientific specimen for the first and fourth grade at art classes. Students drew what they saw and experienced while learning about bird behaviors and anatomy. Westport, CT. Nov 12, 2014.