I’m a third year undergraduate studying biology and cognitive science with a focus in design. Through human-centered, community-driven research and design initiatives, I seek to build open, communicative networks across science and education practices.
When I was younger, I was certain that my dream job was working at Pixar as a storyboarder, animator, or something in between. My favorite pastimes were writing, doodling, and building characters and their contexts.
But then, (surprise, surprise) I took a high school biology course and completely shifted gears when considering future paths. I loved learning about the ways life connects at multiple scales, from biochemical pathways to trophic cascades. Coming into college, though, I was determined to maintain at least fragments of my previous passion for storytelling.
This portfolio tells the story of how I arrived at the conclusion that storytelling is a necessary driver of both science and design. Science is as much a creative practice as various forms of art, and designs that consider and rely on data are often the most intuitive, effective, and joyful to use. Storytelling in both these fields furthers immersion in the rich contexts that come with human existence as well as spark inspiration when asking further questions.
As I continue exploring the intersections of science and design as facilitated by storytelling, I'm especially interested in looking at how we share knowledge of these practices through generations. Considering education both within and outside of formal classroom settings, I believe that it is necessary to emphasize the scientific and creative process of arriving at results and conclusions, as well as equip learners with the tools to engage in the process themselves. Education and outreach are integral to scientific research, and human-centered design just happens to be one way of addressing this.
what's the story?
so, what am i up to now?
> exhibit researcher & designer @ Birch Aquarium
> executive editor @ Saltman Quarterly
> incoming science communicator @ Cal Academy
> violinist @ my room, with my black lab as my audience
> intermittently working @ this website to make it more cohesive...
> algae enthusiast @ anyone who will listen
(no, really, let me know if you want to talk seaweeds)