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.


18 May 2018: Oceanic Plastic Awareness




I collected coastal plastic at Sea Rim State Park, in East Texas on May 3 2018.

Some of the most common items included plastic straws, tampon applicators, fishing gear, cigarette butts, and smoking tips. These items are potentially easy to replace. Plastic applicators are not the only option for women, and plastic straws can be omitted from daily life with preparation. 


Come by and check out the display on the fourth floor in the RPTS departmental offices! 

Do you have images or stories of plastic you found on our Texas coastline? Share it below in a comment! Or e-mail me @

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