About me

I am interested in the broad field of science communication, particularly in using digital tools to communicate science. I am particularly interested in using digital tools to develop interactive communication visualizations and expand the range of visual metaphors we use for science communication. My research focuses on two areas: developing an interactive visualization as a communication/education tool about evolution, and the use of interactive tools to communicate about sea level rise.

My other research questions include: How can science communicators effectively engage with various publics on environmental and other science-related issues? What rhetorical strategies (visual and verbal) can be effectively employed in science communication to take advantage of new media? How can studies of visual rhetoric inform environmental communication strategies?

I have a PhD in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida, and a MS in Botany and Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and BS in Biology with a minor in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

I blog occasionally on science communication, the environment, and an occasional social comment. The URL is based on Terpsinoe musica,  a diatom species whose pseudosepta look like little musical notes. Terpsinoe is also the name of my pet rabbit, featured in the Friday Bunnyblogging posts that are, occasionally, all I have time to put up here…