I'm invested in making science, and my own field in particular, more accessible to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in both academia and biological field work. Part of my efforts to do so is via science communication across a number of social media platforms. Past efforts include:
- I am Chair of the Committee on Media and Public Relations for the American Society of Primatologists, and run their Twitter account, @ASPVoice
- I am on the Subcommittee on Social Media for the gAyAPA, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists' group for LGBTQQIAA biological anthropologists, and help run its Twitter account, @QueerBioAnth
- Participation in the It Gets Better Project through both video (see below) and writing a chapter, "From 'Faggot' to Field Biologist" in the It Gets Better Project's New York Times Bestselling book.
- I've been interviewed for a few articles on being queer in STEM: "Is Science Too Straight?" at BU Research and "Being Queer in the Jungle" at BMC Biomed Blogs, and also participated in a Reddit AMA on the topic.
- Writing as a columnist for Nature Magazine's Careers section regarding personal issues faced by postdocs in the current academic job market.
- Serving as a guest host on Zoochosis and Discovery Channel's TestTube web series, Fail Lab, discussing evolution through Sexual Selection and Humor (see below).
- Appearing on comedic podcast Probably Science to discuss primate evolution, horrible field stories, and primatology career trajectories.
- Writing on my personal field blog and Tumblr site, Things I Learned as a Field Biologist.
- Tweeting @fuzzyatelin (see below). For, IMHO, the best of Twitter that I've been delighted to contribute to, definitely check out the #fieldworkfail hashtag, which is now being turned into an illustrated book, in which I've got an entry!
- You can also see more of my work at the hashtags #BlueScrotumSummer and #BUvervets16.