I am very involved with CCNY Women in Science, a group promoting and advocating for gender equality and diversity in science. I developed and direct our Mentoring Program, in which we pair students and early-career scientists with more experienced members of the Women in Science community to provide encouragement, guidance and support for those interested in a career in science (now with over 100 participants!!). Feel free to contact me if you'd like to hear more about this program!
Before starting my PhD I worked as an afterschool teacher for two years. I led classes of 5th and 6th graders in lessons, homework help, and enrichment activities - including weekly science classes. I continue to work with K-12 students - currently as an After School Mentor with New York Academy of Science, where every week I lead a 7th grade class in hands-on experiments. If you work with kids and would like to organize a visit to our lab, please get in touch!
Teaching at City College
In addition to my research, I have served as a Teaching Assistant at City College. I taught BIO 228: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lab, where we covered the basics of environmental niche modeling, systematics, population genetics, and more. The two best classes of the semester, however, are the field trips to local NYC parks (as long as I manage to avoid the poison ivy...)
1000 Girls 1000 Futures mentoring
I also serve as a mentor in 1000 Girls 1000 Futures, an international mentoring program. I'm currently paired with a young woman in South Africa (Palesa, pictured here with permission) who is studying Audiology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.