awarwick [at] msu.edu
Michigan State University
567 Wilson Road, BPS 1450
East Lansing, MI 48824
I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolution Education and Outreach with the BEACON Center at Michigan State University. My research interests include ecology, evolution, and conservation; science education and outreach; and diversity/inclusivity of people pursuing science careers.
SCIENCE RESEARCH: I am broadly interested in the patterns and processes that shape biological diversity and species distributions, particularly species of conservation or management concern. For my dissertation research I studied the evolutionary history and contemporary ecology of the rare Pine Barrens Treefrog, Hyla andersonii, across the eastern United States using phylogenetic, population genetic, morphometric, ecological, and behavioral (acoustic signal) data. Currently I coordinate our research sites in Michigan as part of a broad research collaboration network (SPARCnet) investigating salamander populations and adaptation to changing climate and other human impacts. See more here.
EDUCATION RESEARCH: My research interests also include developing and assessing science education practices at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Currently I am the primary postdoc on an NSF grant developing a connected set of technology-enhanced three-dimensional lessons for high school biology. The ConnectedBio curriculum project is a collaborative effort between Michigan State University and the Concord Consortium. Previously I worked on evaluating the efficacy of Data Nuggets to advance students' quantitative reasoning skills in secondary school biology classes. See more here.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE: Through the BEACON Center and as a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution Education and Outreach Committee I also coordinate the Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution (UDE) program, Ecology/Evolution events at the SACNAS national conference, and the Darwin Day Roadshow. Furthermore, in collaboration with colleagues at UT Austin I have organized science communication workshops to train scientists to engage with the public and policy makers. See more here.