I have always been passionate about teaching the public about science. From 2010-2015, I was the Event Coordinator of National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana. Every year to celebrate I organized booths at the Urbana Market at the Square, bee identification and native bee house building workshops, guided nature walks, insect photography workshops, and much more. From 2013-2015 we had pollinator food guides identifying all of the pollinated food and what animal pollinated it at Common Ground Food Co-op. It also gave me an excuse to put on my bee costume and use my roller derby persona, Polly Nator, as a fun way to teach people about the importance of pollinators to our food system.
Here are links to a few articles I’ve written about the things I love the most: insects!
Book review of A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson for Science Magazine
Maria Sybilla Merian: the Mother of Entomology for Entomology Today
Pesticides save the day! or not. 2014 Insect Fear Film Festival for Environmental Almanac
What bugs entomologists? Illinois grad students sound off for Environmental Almanac
Globalization of the Bumble Bee for Smile Politely
National Pollinator Week 2012 for Environmental Almanac
National Pollinator Week 2011 for Environmental Almanac
Insect Fear Film Festival 2011 for Environmental Almanac
Insect Fear Film Festival 2010 for Environmental Almanac
I have also done a number of radio and TV interviews to promote various events for the Department of Entomology.