Skype A Scientist

Starting in 2018, I’ve participated in the Skype A Scientist program. From their website:

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist. We want to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”, and this program allows us to reach students from all over the world without having to leave the lab! We have over 1900 scientists ready to chat, and teachers can choose the type of scientist that will fit their classroom. Let’s start a conversation!

This has been really fun. I’ve talked with classrooms as young as second grade and, so far, as old as seventh. The students always have great questions about fish, academia, and my own journey through science.

First SAS in 2019! The video cuts off, but I go on to explain pelagic vs benthic fishes, and then intermediate fishes like coral reef fishes which live in the water column, but interact with the ground for food, sleeping, etc.

List of Schools: 


  • H. E. Corley Elementary in Irmo, SC, US (4th grade)


  • Northern Kansas City Schools in Kansas City, MO, US (4th grade)
  • James Kennedy Elementary in Langely, BC, Canada (2nd grade)
  • Walnut Park Elementary in Smithers, BC, Canada (7th grade)