I am passionate about getting the word out about paleontology and its role in helping us frame our own evolutionary history. I strive toward helping students become broadly trained, excellent communicators of science to society. If I'd never intersected great science communicators in my own life (including teachers who paved the way for understanding, scientists who explained their complex work in plain language, and writers who helped to translate science into engaging stories), I may never have jumped into science myself! My interest in outreach was honed during a stint as the Curator of Paleontology at theScience Museum of Minnesota (2001-2007), where I learned first hand the power that well-told stories have when it comes to helping people feel engaged with science.
2017 University of Alabama ALLELE Speaker Series 2017 Geological Society of Minnesota 2016 Keynote Speaker, Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association Conference 2016 Keynote Speaker, Paleofest, Burpee Museum of Natural History 2015 DinoFest, Cleveland Museum of Natural History 2015 Featured Performer, Minnesota Public Radio, Science Night: Dinosaurs 2014 Keynote Speaker, Undergraduate Research Conference, Inver Hills Community College 2014 Invited Speaker, Science Museum of Minnesota, Ultimate Dinosaurs