“Not only is it important to ask questions and find the answers, as a scientist I felt obligated to communicate with the world what we were learning.”

Stephen Hawking ―

I believe that as important as gaining scientific knowledge itself is sharing that knowledge. Principally, that is what science is built on. By sharing your discoveries, others can add their expertise and expand ideas and findings to collectively further our understanding of the world we live in. Additionally, scientists should communicate their results with the general public who often doesn’t have access to publications or quickly gets lost in the thicket of scientific jargon. By making your science easy to understand for everyone, you will be able to reach a wider audience and convince people that what you do really is important. With greater interest comes greater financial support!

During my undergraduate in Germany, I managed a film project at my university to communicate science and conservation amongst students and the public. I screened movies addressing a wide variety of biological topics and invited scientists and filmmakers as experts to provide more insight into the given topic. It was a great success and many people were happy to be able to discuss these often intricate and complicated topics in an informal setting with an expert.

It became clear to me that in order to really make a difference and protect the natural world I care about, I could not only generate scientific knowledge but also needed to be active myself in communicating conservation issues and engaging people to get involved. Unfortunately, society is more and more disconnected from nature which leaves many conservation initiatives struggling for support. This is why I started my own conservation initiative called “Taiapo”. I want to raise awareness and promote the conservation of our natural world by reconnecting people with nature via visual art.

You can find out more about Taiapo here.

Save The Snakes

In August 2020, I joined the Advisory Committee of Save The Snakes, to provide input and advice on snake conservation and research matters and help further the fantastic work of this organisation. Save The Snakes is a Not-for-profit that is dedicated exclusively to snake conservation and human-snake conflict mitigation. Together with a worldwide network of snake conservationists, the mission is to protect threatened snake populations around the world through habitat preservation, education and community outreach to create a harmonious relationship between humans and snakes.

Make sure to check out the website and learn more about Save The Snakes and how you can support the protection of our scaly friends.

In The Media

Our sea turtle research on Eleuthera was covered by the Mission Wild documentary series from CNN’s Great Big Story which allowed us to raise awareness of the conservation issues sea turtles in The Bahamas are facing.
The BBC Wildlife magazine covered my snake research and conservation in The Bahamas in their “Meet the Scientist” piece of the May 2020 issue.
I have been lucky to have received some accolades for my photography which has been printed in multiple magazines and I hope to be able to use that interest to promote the conservation of our natural world.

You can find out more about my coverage in the media here.