Blogging Your Scientific Research – Speaker Bios
Science Communication Workshop: Blogging Your Scientific Research
July 9, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Rhode Island
Dr. Andrew David Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and conservation geneticist that studies the consequences of human impacts on biodiversity and connectivity in the deep sea. He earned a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University, where his research focused on the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining on hydrothermal vent communities in the western Pacific.
He also runs the popular marine science and conservation website Southern Fried Science and has several ongoing outreach projects. He teaches courses on social media for environmental communicators and writing in the online ecosystem. He also writes environmentally-themed science fiction.
Chris Faesi is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and third year PhD student in astrophysics at Harvard University. His thesis research focuses on understanding how stars are born within galaxies, and in particular using observations from the radio to the ultraviolet to study recently formed stars and their cold, dusty nurseries in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. He is also a passionate advocate for science education and communication. Chris is a longtime writer and administrator for astrobites, the daily blog that helps make contemporary astronomy research understandable.
He is also a founding organizer of ComSciCon, the popular graduate student-focused science communication workshop series. Chris has presented public lectures on topics such as the history of astronomy and the intersection of science and the arts. He also plays in several Boston area community orchestras, and was a professional ballet dancer before returning to Indiana University to obtain bachelor’s degrees in physics, astronomy, and mathematics.
Carrie McDonough completed her Bachelor’s in Chemistry at MIT in 2008 and now studies how toxic air and water pollutants are transported through the environment as a Ph.D. candidate in the Lohmann Lab at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. In September 2013, Carrie founded oceanbites.org, a graduate student-run blog aimed at translating current research in oceanography so that a broader audience can appreciate new findings. The blog grew quickly and now has 13 enthusiastic contributors as well as a dedicated readership. Carrie is especially interested in using the blog as a vehicle to encourage appreciation for the scientific method and spread awareness of human impacts on the environment. Carrie is also a musician – she is lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Boston-based rock group FORTRAN.
This program was supported by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057: