Kendra Chritz


I’m queer and I’m a paleoecologist and isotope geochemist. //

I’m a queer/bisexual geochemist working as the Secretary’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. I’m moving to the University of Oregon to begin building a research group in 2019. Queer visibility in STEM is important to me, especially for people who identify somewhere in the middle of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, like I do. In queer groups, a lot of attention is often payed to gay and lesbian identified people, but for those of us who identify as queer/bi/pan, we are often sidelined or told we don’t belong. My goal is to fight for inclusion of all people in STEM who identify as queer, and to show that you are queer enough just by being yourself.