Beyond the classroom

I visit school classrooms to talk about my research, teach about evolution and ecology, and talk about how students can become scientists themselves. I bring museum teaching specimens with me to show students some of the impressive diversity of birds.

 Giving middle school students a tour of the University of Montana Flight Lab.  Photo by Bret Tobalske.

Giving middle school students a tour of the University of Montana Flight Lab. Photo by Bret Tobalske.

I also give school groups of all ages behind-the-scenes tours of our museum research collections and laboratories. I show off some of our fascinating specimens, discuss my research program, use specimens to teach about ecology and evolution, and/or use our lab equipment to teach about physics and flight, depending on the ages and interests of the students.

Public outreach

I participate in community events, such as Migratory Bird Day festivals at the Albuquerque BioPark and Darwin Day celebrations at the Florida Museum of Natural History. At these events I use museum specimens to teach people of all ages about birds: from the ones they see regularly in their own backyards to adaptive radiations in the tropics.