I am an ecologist and writer. I have a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and will soon graduate with a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management. My primary goal is to cultivate an enthusiasm for science in the general public and begin to heal the broken relationships between scientific professionals and laypeople.
I have always loved wildlife since I was a little girl. I wanted to be a vet, an animal behaviorist, a field research… anything that would get me working with animals, I wanted to get involved. Years later, after academia failed me, I decided to carve my own path and pursue what really means the world to me: sharing my love for science and inspiring that same feeling in others. By doing this, we can all work together to protect the environment and wildlife we share this earth with.
So why weed? Well, since high school, I have lived with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This manifests in panic attacks and anxious behaviors such as pulling my hair, tapping my foot, and biting my lip. Also, three years ago I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, and this year, I’ve begun learning to navigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have found that marijuana and CBD have been tremendously helpful. They help me sleep, to relax, and to focus.
The public needs to get rid of the stigma attached to marijuana and marijuana-derived products, so, I’m incorporating that into my scicomm work because – guess what? Scientists are people, too!
Lastly, with the recent legalization of marijuana is several states across the U.S., many African Americans still face charges and jail time from past charges of possession and other minor “offenses” related to cannabis, while many Caucasian Americans have been given numerous opportunities to open businesses and publicly use marijuana with no repercussions. As an African American woman, breaking down this double standard by combining it with my life’s passion is one of my ways of fighting back against social injustices and white supremacy in this country.