I have been a Community Planner at the University of Arizona (UA) since 2008, working first at Tumamoc Hill and now the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR). At both facilities, I established environmental education programming for K-12 students. At the LTRR, I've developed and administered all educational and community outreach programs for diverse stakeholders by fostering lifelong learning and outreach curriculum through activities for individuals, families, organizations and communities. I also curate informational displays, permanent exhibitions, and our robust rotating art-science exhibits. Furthermore, I develop and implement internal and external communication strategies, including social media.
My PhD was in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, minoring in Art and Visual Communication Education (AVCE) and Science Journalism. I believe teaching science through visualization, art and creative expression can help members of the public understand science more effectively. My research focus is on novel approaches integrating art and science communication to increase scientific literacy and understanding.