I am a teaching assistant at UC Irvine, building on my past experiences as an undergraduate TA and tutor.
I have assisted in both laboratory (physiology and freshwater ecology) and lecture courses (general biology and history of biology).
As one of the only openly trans people I know of in STEM, I feel strongly that there is a need for greater visibility of the LGBTQ community in the sciences. I am a co-founder and the current president of a campus organization, QT STEM, that was created to build a more inclusive and visible LGBTQ presence in the STEM fields here at UC Irvine.
Getting the public and the next generation involved in science is important to me. Whether in New York, or here in California, I have volunteered at primary school science fairs and Science Olympiad competitions, joined chapters of the Society for Conservation Biology, spent time at BioBlitz events, and volunteered at various restoration projects. I am always looking for more opportunities to engage with people over science and stewardship!