I am passionate about science, and making sure that it is accessible to all. I also love talking about my research, especially when I get to showcase my charismatic stick insects! I am also very enthusiastic about science in general, especially when it has to do with ecology and the environment.
Here you can find some of the outreach I engage in throughout the year. I especially love visiting classrooms and libraries. The usual format I do is to give a short presentation (usually on insects). After that, I will spend a good chunk of time answering questions about everything and anything related to insects and other mini-beasts. The last thing i do is a hands-on activity where children (and adults) get to interact with an insect, usually a stick insect!
- Buzz in the Garden Project – Curious Minds: Helped three local libraries to build their community gardens and learn about and increase the diversity and abundance of beneficial insects. They also hope to generate a range of benefits for their urban environment, such as increasing greenery, reducing pollution and feeding the community. As part of this project, I helped create resources on insects for the children.
- Provided various outreach events at local libraries and schools focused on
discovering the wonder of invertebrates for children.
- Tiaki Mauri – BioBlitz with Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Helped create and put on an insect themed booth for the the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)’s Annual STEM Fair