I grew up in Huntsville, AL and now live in Nashville, TN. My motivation to found Galactic Polymath Education Studio (GP) was born from years of frustration as a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar trying to make academic knowledge available to the public. I tried a lot of outreach formats—I wrote fieldwork blogs, started and ran the Lincoln, Nebraska chapter of Nerd Nite for over a year, gave guest lectures at public science outreach events, and founded the No Coast SciComm conference at the University of Nebraska. Though I personally had a lot of fun and gained a lot from these experiences, it became clear that I was mostly connecting with folks who were already pretty science-engaged.
Galactic Polymath is an effort to break out of the bubble and to build long-term capacity to mobilize knowledge that is increasingly trapped and commodified in pay-walled academic journals that the broader public can’t access or understand. GP is built around the idea that:
I want to live in a world where critical thinking and curiosity are as essential as breathing. I also love creative writing, cooking, and making people laugh.
PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2014
University of Colorado at Boulder
BA in Ecology & Evolution + Spanish Linguistics, 2006
galacticpolymath.com: Check out our main site to find the latest free lessons based on current research.
galacticEdTools: an R package to support K-16 education and scicomm. Functions for a variety of things, including making evolutionary trees very easily.
Standard X: a compilation of the leading academic standards in the US in 4 subjects—math, ELA, science, and social studies. Can you believe they’ve never been combined into a single spreadsheet before?!