Social Media and Outreach
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:
- From 2015-2018, I was Chair of the Committee on Media and Public Relations for the American Society of Primatologists, and ran their Twitter account, @ASPVoice
- For several years I was on the Subcommittee on Social Media for the gAyAPA, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists' group for LGBTQQIAA biological anthropologists, and helped run its Twitter account, @QueerBioAnth
- I participated 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, and was featured in the Boston Globe Media's Thank you, Scientists! feature for this work.
- I've written as a columnist for Nature Magazine's Careers section regarding personal issues faced by postdocs in the mid-recession academic job market.
- I served as a guest host on Zoochosis and Discovery Channel's TestTube web series, Fail Lab, discussing evolution through Sexual Selection and Humor (see below).
- I appeared on comedic podcast Probably Science to discuss primate evolution, horrible field stories, and primatology career trajectories.
- I wrote on my personal field blog and Tumblr site, Things I Learned as a Field Biologist.
- I tweet as @fuzzyatelin (see below). For, IMHO, the best of Twitter that I've been delighted to contribute to, definitely check out the #fieldworkfail hashtag, which has been turned into an illustrated book, in which I've got an entry!
- I presented my talk On Being a Queer Field Biologist for the American Fisheries Society's Diversity and Inclusion Day 2020 event, available online.
- I was a guest on The Leakey Foundation's, Lunch Break Science program (see video below).
- You can also see more of my fieldwork at the Twitter/Instagram hashtags #BlueScrotumSummer and #BUvervets16, #BUvervets17, and #BUvervets18