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Science as Leisure

Liz Marchio

I am a trained ichthyologist interested in what gets people interested in natural history, biological sciences, and science careers. My passion is to find out what fuels curiosity for the natural world.

Biology-related serious leisure activities can impact people's interest in ecology, biology, and natural history. Do these activities promote biological understanding? If so, how does that progress and to what level does it progress to? 

If you're interested in a starting a dialogue, please feel free to contact me. If you're curious about how I got here, my story can be found on the About Me page.


Introducing Scientist and Blogger, Sarah Flanagan

While I will still be highlighting Naturalists on my NotW series, this week I would like to highlight a fellow scientist and graduate student, Sarah Flanagan. 

Sarah has lived all over the world and just wrapped up a field season in Norway and Sweden collecting pipefish for her dissertation. She studies this group of fish and sexual selection, population genomics, and evolutionary biology.  

Not only is Sarah a great scientist (just as NSF; she has been awarded accolades and money for her work), she is working on scientific outreach. Check out her most recent blog post, which mentions Natural History, here. You can also follow Sarah on Twitter here: @sarahpf19

She also created the citizen science project, Pipefish World, where you can submit your own collection photos, GPS, and information on pipefishes! Join the fun!

Interested in studying pipefish, seahorses, sexual selection, and evolution? Check out the Jones Lab at Texas A&M where Sarah is currently studying! 


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