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Presented By: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

EEB Thursday Seminar - Hybrid: #Findthatlizard: ecology, science outreach, and supporting underrepresented groups in herpetology and natural resources

Earyn McGee, Herpetologist, Science Communicator, and Creator of #FindThatLizard

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Our weekly seminar series featuring internal and external speakers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology. This seminar will be in-person and livestreaming on Zoom (link this page).

In this presentation I'll discuss 1) the biological responses of riparian species facing climate change, 2) the barriers preventing Black women from entering natural resource careers, and 3) alternative educational approaches that could encourage Black girls to pursue careers in natural resources. First, I investigated the impact of stream drying on riparian lizards in southeastern Arizona. Although this study did not detect aquatic invertebrates as significant prey items for our study species, it is likely they are benefiting at least indirectly from stream water. Second, we examined barriers experienced by Black women and found three primary types of barriers they face are structural, socioeconomic, and cultural. Finally, I developed: Black (girls) Outside Leadership Development (BOLD). We found that it's crucial to provide middle school aged Black girls with experiences to learn about natural resources careers and the resources to pursue these careers when they are ready.

Contact for Zoom password at least 2 hours prior to event.

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