I’m passionate about communicating science to non-scientists. Some examples:
@Dr_Bik on Twitter, Contributing Scientist at Deep-sea News - I am a strong advocate of online outreach, using social media tools to disseminate my lab’s research and highlight important publications in the fields of marine biology and genomics.
‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’ undergraduate workshop at Auburn University (March 31 – April 3, 2011). I led the organization of this workshop as part of our NSF RAPID grant to study the impacts of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This event was geared toward teaching students about the intersection of taxonomy and high-throughput sequencing methods, in the context of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
‘Nature Live’ Events at The Natural History Museum, London (2007-2010) Half-hour, family-friendly “meet a scientist” events run for the museum visitors.
A-Level Biology days at The Natural History Museum, London (2008-2010) Hour-long session bringing high-school students into contact with active researchers.
Researchers in Residence placement at St James’ Senior Girls School, London, UK (2008-2009 academic year). I participated in this national UK program placing early-career researchers into local secondary schools. Placement was completed over the course of one academic year, and involved planning and implementation of lab activities and seminars for students 10-18. This program was aimed at dispelling stereotypes about scientists and encouraging students to pursue careers in science.