Ariel E Marcy

Ariel E Marcy
University of Nebraska at Lincoln | NU · Department of Biological Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
I’m an evolutionary biologist who also communicates science through games. I ask research questions like, why are pocket gophers so diverse? and, Why are marsupials less diverse than placentals? During my PhD, I will start to untangle the latter by studying 3 radiations of Australian rodents. My games emphasize the immense creativity of science and encourage a wider diversity of youth to pursue STEM. Science featured my work in their March 4th 2016 issue (DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6277.1106).
Additional affiliations
October 2014 - August 2015
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Fulbright Scholar
Description
  • 1 of 7 scholars to Australia. Compared digging adaptations of North American gophers & Australian echidnas in evo-devo study involving 2D & 3D geometric morphometrics. Pursued civic engagement component of designing an evo-devo card game for kids.
February 2014 - May 2014
California Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Youth Programs Volunteer
Description
  • Assisted Digital Learning staff with weekly after-school workshops as well as two public events featuring the youth's digital game exhibit. Designed lesson plans to engage students in game design principles.
August 2013 - June 2014
Tutorpedia
Position
  • Academic Tutor and Site Coordinator
Description
  • Met 1-on-1 with high school students to develop problem solving strategies, academic learning skills & understanding of STEM subjects. Coordinated new Academic Support Program. Described as their “Brain Trust,” asked by CEO to re-envision tutor handbook.

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