Policy and Educational Outreach

National Academy of Sciences: Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow/Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council: 2015-2016: As a National Academy of Sciences Policy fellow I spent a year working with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council learning about science policy in the gulf coast, including restoration project selection, environmental compliance, grants administration, and best-available science decision making.

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2015 National Academy of Science Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellows

National Academy of Sciences: Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow:  Spring 2015: As a National Academy of Sciences Policy fellow I spent 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. During this time I worked as a fellow with the Gulf Research Program.

Audubon Nature Institute's Junior Keepers learn how to extract shorebirds from mist nets at Dauphin Island, AL.

Audubon Nature Institute’s Junior Keepers learn how to extract shorebirds from mist nets at Dauphin Island, AL.

National Wildlife Federation: Emerging Leaders Council: 2011- 2015: As a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Emerging Leaders Council I worked with a network of 50+ individuals to provide reviews and guidance on National Wildlife Federation policy and advocacy campaigns.

Girls in Science at Tulane, Group Leader: New Orleans, LA, 2012-Present: Tulane University’s GIST Program provides fifth through eighth grade girls with the opportunity to meet and work with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Tulane University: Undergraduate mentor: 2010-2015: I mentored 3 undergraduate students in the lab working on questions regarding shorebird non-breeding foraging ecology, resulting in two publications and an undergraduate honors thesis.

Audubon Nature Institute: Junior Keeper Educator: New Orleans, LA: 2012 – 2015: Working with the Audubon Institute’s Junior Keeper program we took groups of high-school students to my field sites to provide hands on experience in field work, bird banding and the importance of coastal habitats.

Girls In Science, Technology and Medicine (GIST) event at Tulane, Fall 2014

Girls In Science, Technology and Medicine (GIST) event at Tulane, Fall 2014

Woodlands Conservancy Bird Banding: Volunteer; Belle Chase, LA, 2014-Present: Assist in monthly bird banding research monitoring migratory passerines.

Bard Early College Program: Presenter: New Orleans, LA, October 2013: Provided a workshop for students 15-18 entitled: Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on migratory shorebirds: the Gulf and beyond.

Sally Ride Science Festival: Workshop leader; New Orleans, LA, March 2010:  The Evolution of Camouflage: Science Workshop for Girls 9-14.

Bayou Rebirth: Team Leader; New Orleans, LA, 2009-2010: Bayou Rebirth is a non-profit that works to preserve and restore communities in South Louisiana through wetlands restoration and education programs. As a team leader my responsibilities include wetland/ecosystem education and planting instruction for students K-12, and for adult volunteer groups.

International Language School; New Orleans, LAApril 2010: Importance of Bird Conservation: Presentation for international language students in grades 3-5.