My Interests in Research
I have SO many interests in the biological sciences!
Right now, I am most interested in Marine Life and Birds!
Some goals for the future of my research experiences include:
Assist in ecology research or outreach/education programming surrounding Local PNW wildlife/marine life
Launch my own ecology monitoring program on a local PNW species or species of concern
Work on the E/V Nautilus as a Life Sciences or Video Engineering Intern
At UW, work with COASST, the Behavioral Ecophysics Lab, or the Fish Collection!
Stay engaged with Puget Sound Underwater LIVE! As a Marine Science Interpreter and Scientific Advisor
Stream Team Manager & Senior Scientific Advisor
PUGET SOUND LIVE!
In collaboration with Drew Collins from Made in Puget Sound, we are working to make the wonders of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea accessible to all with our live-streamed dive events!
My role in this project as Sr. Scientific Advisor is to engage with audience members and their questions while chatting back and forth with Drew as he dives. As the Stream Team Manager, I also manage on-deck interactions between our crew members to make sure all runs smoothly, as there are PLENTY of moving parts, cables, and electronics.
We are working to track our finds during our dives, Photo-ID all the critters we discover during our encounters, and work to implement water parameter measurements into our tracking to see how temperature, salinity, winds, tides, and currents fluctuate in the various regions of the Puget Sound.
Research Assistant with Henry Art Gallery, USC, UBC Okanogan, and National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
CARE FOR THE STRANDED
In the summer of 2022, I served as a research assistant for the "Care for the Stranded" walkshop in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery and Learning Endings. My role was to capture the happenings of Lincoln Park over a 3-month duration in the summer, specifically tracking marine mammal sightings and interactions with nearshore activity.
Aside from focusing on marine mammal interactions, I had to Photo-ID and dissect other marine ecological interactions occurring at the site and presented these findings to the lead team (Patty Chang and Aleksija and Astrida Neimanis) every month with a portfolio of photos and written reports. These efforts served to help them construct a culminating event in the following September for the public to engage with and learn from our work.
More information about this experience is available here on my UW Interdisciplinary honors Portfolio!
Care for the Stranded: A Shoreline Walkshop, a project of the Learning Endings collaboration, Lincoln Park, September 24, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit.
Research & Reach
What I look for in Research Experiences
The idea behind ScattrLab and my other research projects is that there is a huge potential for public engagement with the developing and end product. I want to make STEM easier for folks to engage with, and put the fun back into learning for people who miss the "Magic School Bus" excitement from their youth.
Curiosity, excitement, and wonder stick.
Trying to remember information with little to no application or fun in the process, does not stick.
I am keen to reframe the role that scientists have in our world. There is a notion that scientists either work "behind-the-scenes" or "in the spotlight" but I think we can certainly do both. Research is fruitless if you do not have the ability to communicate findings with the general public, policy-makers, and most importantly, the younger generations.
Especially as a Filipina who moved to the states as a little girl, I hope to one day be an example of a woman in STEAM who can do both research and scicomm and hopefully inspire young girls that are interested in these fields to step and in explore to their hearts' content. You belong in this field!
To improve my outreach and education philosophy/skill set, I've worked with science communication projects for most of my time working in research, most recently is ScattrLab. The idea is to bring audiences near and far to the little-known sides of science and answer those science-y shower thoughts that didn't quite make it to the Google search bar.
The Salish Sea School and Pacific Mammal Research
UW Behavioral Ecophysics Lab (started as a new member in 2023)
Biologging Ethics for tracking Hummingbird Movement
Supervision under Alyssa Sargent
Multispectral Photography of Hummingbird Wings
Supervision under Nora Lee
HiHo Kids, Da Vinci Kids, and CUT
KIDS MEET A
I had the awesome opportunity to bring some of the specimens from the Burke Museum's fish teaching collection to the CUT studios here in Seattle and teach kids about fish!
This shoot was filled with excitement, kid-sized waders, and all the gross-but-borderline-fascinating fun that the world of fish has to offer.