I’m a former Physical Anthropologist, now focusing my work on multimedia and performance science communication/public outreach. I have performed in and produced public lectures, general science podcasting, science blogging, talk radio, and provide workshops training speakers for public events such as TEDx and comedy storytelling.
These days, I produce a monthly stand-up show called The Symposium: Academic Stand-Up featuring academics & researchers I’ve trained to translate their obscure research & work life into comedy for wider audiences. For several years, I was the social media manager for Guerilla Science, an international organization bringing science to new audiences in unexpected ways. I am now an events producer at Science Friday.
I have a passion for using comedy in science communication and have recently been training with the Upright Citizens’ Brigade to hone my improv and writing skills. Internationally, I’ve performed academic stand-up comedy through the UK’s Bright Club community, even taking the BBC stage during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. While in Edinburgh, I served as executive producer and head writer for the Edinburgh University Science podcast over 1.5 years. In Leeds, I helped revive Bright Club in the city, training academics on how to use comedy skills to communicate their science and academic lives to a wider audience.
In multimedia, I’ve worked with Bauer Media Academy, Radio Aire Leeds, and Metro Radio Newcastle to train in radio production while serving as Leeds Student Radio’s chief science news correspondent. I’ve produced and strategically managed multimedia content for Guerilla Science and have been in charge of interns learning how to communicate scientific concepts to non-science seeking audiences online.
Some of my most meaningful experiences have included working as a forensic anthropologist for the World Trade Center debris recovery efforts in 2007 but also teaching gross anatomy for medical students, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory care nurses, and physicians’ assistants at Stony Brook Medical Center.