“When I was working on my PhD I was really excited about the research that I was doing—marine ecology research in the Arctic—but I felt somewhat isolated in academia. I started talking to other grad students, friends of mine, about how we could share the work that we were doing with kids, with people outside the university. We had a contact in California who shipped up some squid and we brought them into the classroom where we started working with kids. It was just in our free time at that point but that really kicked off, for me, a whole new direction in my science career. … That was kind of a critical juncture where I realized that, although I love research, I really need a sense of human connection and relationship building. I want to share my enthusiasm for science with people who might not have the opportunity to explore it.”
In the office of Laura Oxtoby, a post-doctoral researcher at the Geophysical Institute.