Public Engagement

When Iā€™m not teaching or doing research, I often engage in informal outreach through career fairs, campus tours, guest lectures, and teach-ins. In May 2019, I am hosting a public workshop for climate change adaptation researchers and practitioners as part of Kyoto University IPCC Week. I am also committed to making educational resources available to classroom teachers. My articles in Science Scope (2011) and The Science Teacher (2010) provide lesson materials that I developed as a marine science educator at the University of Hawaii. Similarly, my articles on international water conflicts (Education About Asia, 2017) and the transboundary dimensions of water security (Geography Review, 2019) provide helpful resources for high school and undergraduate educators to facilitate discussion about resource disputes and international politics.

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Multi-media outreach

Visual media are another important way to engage diverse audiences. I recently designed an interactive riparian ecology activity to supplement the fantastic Freshwater Mussel Hatchery exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia (image above right). As the co-lead on a trans-Pacific research cruise (2008), I helped communicate our work on marine debris through a mini-documentary (below) that was screened at various venues, including the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.