This past weekend, I was invited to speak at the Girl Scouts of Alaska's Women of Science and Technology Day luncheon, held at the University of Alaska campus in Anchorage. The event typically brings in 700 girls each year, with roughly 150 of them attending the mid-day luncheon. The organizer of this event asked that I speak on my experiences, how I got into the science field, and to share words of inspiration. I was thrilled to see so many girls and their parents at the event.
I talked about growing up in Florida, playing with rollie pollies, and trying to rear tadpoles with my brother in our backyard. I detailed some pretty pivotal experiences in my life that influenced my path and career choices, and ultimately lead to where I am today, working as a bird biologist at Denali National Park and Preserve. I think there were a only few lines of text for the entire presentation, and nary a graph did appear. Gratuitous photos of fluffy birds did abound.
I was and am so honored to have had the opportunity to speak with so many mighty girls that will one day become our scientists, engineers, programmers, and coders. Hopefully next year I can organize a workshop!
I am an Avian Ecologist dazzled by the finer, feathered things in life. I study the dispersal, migration ecology, and behavior of birds.