Interactive

I maintain and update the University of Montana Flight Lab facebook page, which reaches hundreds of people each week. The page educates about bird flight, evolution, and ecology via news articles, photos, and videos.

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.