Jackie with her mentees at a Career Discovery Group poster session at the University of California, Davis.

Delivering an hour-long public talk in Spanish to community members in Loreto, Mexico, about ecosystem services provided by bats.

Leading a classroom course about ground squirrel biology and data collection for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Youth Program.

Diversity, Outreach, & Mentorship

To make real, positive change in the fields of wildlife management and conservation, we must make science more accessible to those who lack the opportunity to engage in traditional research pathways, and we must communicate science to broader audiences that would otherwise be disengaged or denied easy access to science- and nature-based content. As a woman in ecology, I tailor my work to reflect my aspiration to empower women and girls while communicating science. As a first generation scholar, I strive to bring issues surrounding inequity in science to the forefront of the conversation. I am a member of diversity committees through the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and The Western Section of The Wildlife Society, the latter of which worked to create a short film about a lack of human diversity in the wildlife sciences. I also spent 3 years mentoring first generation freshmen students through the UC Davis Career Discovery Program.

We've all heard the expression, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Visual storytelling is a powerful way to convey interesting and important stories about the world around us. For that reason, I gave a public talk in both English and Spanish to locals from Loreto, Mexico, where I conducted research on bats. I am also a team member for Photography Inspiring Children in Conservation, a project aimed to teach Malagasy children about lemur ecology and use their photographs to promote ecotourism. I now focus on communicating science through film. I was recently interviewed by the Wild and Scenic Film Festival about our film, Tracking Snow, which is featured in the National Geographic short film showcase.

I have many years of experience engaging members of all age groups through hands-on outreach activities and conservation efforts. For 4 years, I was a Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship Mentor, during which time I worked with high school students to do outdoor restoration projects. I also regularly give presentations to the Kids Camp program and undergraduate wildlife courses at The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and the Crested Butte Rock Garden Club, and I mentor teams of students both in the field and in the lab.

In addition to communicating science through outreach and visual projects, I have over 8 years of traditional teaching experience in the classroom. I've given lectures, written and graded exams, and led discussions and laboratory exercises for many undergraduate wildlife courses at UC Davis. More information about my teaching and outreach experiences can be found in my CV.

Jackie with her 2017 field crew at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado.

Jackie with students from Sacramento High School, showing off their handmade owl nest box that was created through the Center for Land-based Learning's Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program in Winters, California.   

Wildlife Ecologist, Science Communicator