Happy New Science Friday

Happy *NEW SCIENCE* Friday!

The highlights: Celebrate Pride with us, meet Biologist El Lower, and of course a science comic!

Shop the Sale!
      
 
Happy Pride! Use code PRIDE2021 at checkout for 20% off Rainbow items. We're also donating 10% of all sales this weekend to Out to Innovate (formerly NOGLSTP), an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ people in STEM.

Sale ends Sunday at 11:59pm EST.

Meet El Lower

El Lower 

They/Them

I am a nonbinary lesbian and I am a science communicator and environmental scientist.

 

I’m an invasion biologist and science communicator studying nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes region. I help maintain an interagency database tracking the distribution and impacts of aquatic invasive species, and work with stakeholders to make the information we host more accessible to the public at large.

I’ve always been interested in the way that storytelling shapes public understanding of environmental risk, and have studied civilian nuclear power, legacy industrial pollutants, and invasive species throughout my academic career. In particular, I’m passionate about the rhetoric of invasion and its impacts on policy decisions — in a field as politically loaded as invasion biology, thoughtful language use is essential. 

If there’s one truth I could share with LGBTQ+ students considering a career in STEM or science communication, it’s that being queer, much like having an interdisciplinary background, gives you unique insight into the diversity, complexity, and beauty of the natural world!

When I’m not combing through literature reviews or teaching kids about zebra mussels, I can usually be found out in the woods identifying mushrooms, making dinner with foraged ingredients, or regaling my wife and friends with horrible lamprey facts.

 @stellarators

Come see Circuit Breaker Labs at a local event! You can see our schedule HERE.

   Dupont Pride Pop-up
   June 12 2021
   Dupont Circle, Washington DC

   Frederick Festival of the Arts
   June 12-13
   Frederick, MD
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