Shop Sustainably with Consignment

I first started to think about slow fashion selfishly, when I noticed over the past few years my clothes would not hold up. I would buy a shirt, and by the following year, it had holes in it. Fast fashion, the opposite of slow fashion, is the just what it sounds like; garments are made fast, which means that they aren’t good quality. They are made this way to keep you buying more…

What’s Your Fashion Biodiversity Index?

Conservationists and other nature lovers frequently advocate to save or increase biodiversity, but what exactly is biodiversity? One conjures up images of rainforests, coral reefs or animal clipart arranged artistically. These hint at the concept of biodiversity, which on the surface, seems simple, but gets more complicated once you try to measure it (even for scientists)…

Why a Scientist Became a Beautycounter Consultant

Yesterday, I was in a brainstorming session for a conservation-related exhibit at the Museum. Our team’s assignment was to flush out all ideas (pun intended!) related to water. We were quick to discuss the concept that once something goes down the drain, it does not simply go away. This became recently apparent when researchers started finding the accumulation of the plastic micro-beads used in face and body scrubs in streams and fish…

Financial Stability in Academia

A lot of people don’t know this, but life in academia is a financially risky business. You do get
paid during graduate school and your tuition is waived, but quite often your stipend is barely livable (and varies according to field). I watched my friends skate the poverty line and read twitter discussions of students having to take out food stamps…

Scientist setting up camera trap.

Science is Not Always Pretty

I’m leading a summer science communication workshop for interns that I’ve been part of for the last four years. This week, we took a deeper dive into social media platforms, especially Twitter and Instagram. I tried something new; I asked the Twitterverse who they thought did #scicomm (science communication) really well and I projected some of the accounts. There was a range of accounts that people defined as successful, from those having less than 1,000 followers to those with 100K+. While I understand the number of followers is only one aspect of scicomm “success”, it’s an easy metric, and if you are trying to preach beyond the choir (one of my goals), you do need to reach the masses…

Storytelling Tips for Scientist

Science has a communication problem. After attending the AAAS meeting this year, it was clear that great efforts were being spent to improve this. Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I would scan tweet after tweet with suggestions on how to improve one’s presentations. One tip, popping up over and over again amongst tweets, was the use of stories…

Behind the Paper: Finding Friendships in Secretive Elephants

Despite being the largest land animals, two species of wild elephant still have many mysteries. Even today, where you can connect with people across the world in seconds, where we have Google images of every corner of the planet, there are still unexplored mysteries. One of these mysterious species is the African forest elephant, recently declared a separate species in 2010…

Treasures from the Deep: Behind the Scenes at the Museum

I cannot even tell you how many times I have been to the Buffalo Museum of Science. As a young girl, we frequented there approximately once a month on Sundays as part of our family day together. I loved it. I can remember the endangered species exhibit where stand next to a life-size rhino replica. I remember the traveling exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs. My favorite though was the dioramas. Capturing a moment in time, you could look into the secret world of animals as an unobtrusive observer for as long as you wanted.

What to Expect When Interviewing for Ecology and Conservation Jobs

Graduate school often focuses on prepping students for a career in academia, and largely ignores those who chose “alternative” careers. Not having been in the job market since 2004, it can be difficult to know what to expect, especially at a new level (post Ph.D.). When I applied for jobs before, I searched general job interview questions on career websites such as monster.com. Now, as I have become much more specialized and experienced, it can be tough to find information on what questions to expect on interviews for science-based careers.