Outreach and Education

Teaching and education should not be restricted to the classroom. In addition to my formal teaching, I am an active participant in outreach programs throughout Harvard University and beyond. These include lectures, talks, and events I participate in at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Science and Culture, and The Arnold Arboretum. I believe that science should be accessible to everyone and that being an active member of the community is important in creating an inclusive and equitable space. In this capacity, I started a science communication platform, am focused on DEI issues, and participate in middle and high school mentorship programs. I broadly aim to educate the public and inspire the next generation of scientists by modeling unbridled excitement and curiosity for science, as well as welcoming everyone to explore the natural world!

Let's Botanize

This community outreach series I started in collaboration with Ben Goulet-Scott focuses on democratizing the study of plant biology. We provide educational content in areas of plant biology, ecology, and evolution for everyone and anyone to consume. We use thoughtfully produced videos and photos with educational captions through social media to help bring plants into the foreground. Follow us on TikTok, Instagram, LabXchange, or YouTube. Read more about us here, Let's Botanize!

OEB Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee

As a former member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging committee for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, I worked collaboratively with a great group of people to develop programs and initiatives which will help create meaningful change, leading to a more inclusive department and field. I take these values with me and apply them in all aspects of my academic and personal life.

Harvard Native Plants Initiative

Working with fellow graduate students, I was awarded a grant from the Harvard Office for Sustainability to re-naturalize Harvard’s campus with native New England plant species. In collaboration with the campus design and landscape service departments, we developed biodiverse and ecologically rich green spaces on Harvard’s campus. This will help improve Harvard's environmental footprint, and increase awareness of the native New England flora and the overall ecological importance of plants. By the completion of this project in Spring of 2020, we were able to add native plantings to four campus sites.

The Evergreen School SOTM Program

This program brings together scientists from all over the world to video chat with students from the Evergreen Middle School in Everett, WA. As a resident Scientist of the Month since 2016, I engage in conversation with students about the science behind a recent paper I have published, and more importantly about the career path of a scientist.

Additional Outreach and Education

2020-2022 American Fern Society student representative

2020 Harvard Museum of Natural History Fungus Fair coordinator

2018 Department Representative for the Graduate Student Council of Harvard University

2018 Harvard Museum of Natural History Fungus Fair coordinator

2017-recurring American Society of Plant Biologist (ASPB): Master’s in plant science Team mentor

Teaching

Courses at Harvard University:

  • Plant Diversity and Evolution (Spring 2022)

  • Biology of Fungi (Fall 2020)

  • Biology of Plants (Spring 2020)

  • Plant Diversity and Evolution (Spring 2019)

  • Biology of Fungi (Fall 2019)


Invited Lectures:

  • Swarthmore College Biology Department, Plant Biology Course (Fall 2021)


Awards:


Teaching Samples

Introduction to ferns for the guides of the Arnold Arboretum 2021

Introduction to flowers and fruits, OEB52 Spring Semester 2020


Mentorship

Harvard Graduate Students

Arianna Lord (Harvard Dept. OEB, '26)—Qualifying Exam Mentee

Katherine Angier (Harvard Dept. OEB, '27)—Qualifying Exam Mentee


Independent Research Projects:

Makaleh Smith (The New School, '21)—Project title: The evolution of fertile-sterile leaf dimorphism in two fern families

Skylah Reis (Harvard College, '20) —Project title: The evolution of the water transport system in an invasive fern species: Lygodium microphyllum

Paul Cervantes (Harvard College, '20)