Service and outreach

I am currently an Associate Editor at Models in Ecology and Evolution (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution), and I am one of the organizers of the Applied Math Seminar at the University of Utah. I have been an ACCESS mentor since autumn 2020, and was an ACCESS program speaker in 2020 and 2021. In autumn 2019, I was a volunteer mentor in the undergraduate Directed Reading Program in mathematics at the University of Utah, with readings focused on reaction-diffusion models of animal coat patterns. From 2017-2019, I founded and co-organized Philosophy Pints, a monthly meeting of graduate students at the University of Alberta to discuss scientific best practices and current challenges in ecology. From 2014-2016 I was part of the University of Alberta mathematics outreach group (outreach coordinator from 2015-2016), visiting school classrooms to share a love of mathematics through games and short talks. In 2016, I helped organize the PIMS Young Researchers Conference, and student activities at the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) annual meeting as a member of the CMS student committee. During my MSc, as the student member of the Good Practice Steering Committee at the University of Oxford, I helped develop a graduate student survey designed to understand factors causing minorities to disproportionately leave mathematics.

Outreach with Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International (PBI) is a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of polar bears, with a focus on saving their sea ice habitat through climate action. I have been involved with them for several years, contributing to outreach videos about polar marine ecology (e.g., Why sea ice is "cool" ), writing blog entries (e.g., Understanding polar bears – with math! and It’s the Little Things: from Ice Algae to Polar Bears), and participating in their education programs.

Each autumn, PBI roams the tundra in a big monster-truck-turned-tour-bus (a “tundra buggy”), live streaming educational webcasts designed for school classrooms and the general public. I joined them as a guest scientist in 2014 and 2018. Webcasts: At the top of the world with polar bears, Life in the Arctic, top to bottom, Polar bear, polar bear, what can you hear?, Virtual field trip to the polar bear capital of the world, Polar bears by the numbers + math challenge (my personal favourite),