I am bi and I am a botanist and public engagement enthusiast.//
I spent a decade working in climate change, facilitating dialogue between scientists, engineers, city planners, health care workers, and many others about the ways the climate change affects communities and our nation. For the past two years, I’ve focused on training scientists and engineers in science communication and public engagement and working with institutions across the country to build support for their scientists who do public engagement. I couldn’t name any our queer senior scientists when I was growing up or in school, although we did have a little community of queer grad students who were instrumental in me seeing that there were other queer scientists. Getting married in DC – one of the few places that had marriage equality before Windsor and Obergefell, when many people claimed not to know anyone who was queer – really drove home the importance of being out.