Education & Extension
Extension is an important component of our lab's research activities, including the dissemination of research-based content (in English and Spanish) to audiences ranging from elementary school students to governmental officials to international scientific conferences, through media such as public presentations, newspaper articles, and television interviews. The active participation, engagement, and exchange of information with local stakeholders are vital aspects for the long-term success of a field-based research program, internationally as well as locally. The support, training, and collaboration of parataxonomists and community-based park guards, facilitated through workshops and participation in research activities, are integral to bridging the gap between researchers and communities. In my lab we also emphasize the importance of making scientific results more accessible to local stakeholders through the design and distribution of effective interpretive and educational materials.