Communications and Outreach


To bring Polar science to the public, I’ve engaged in several public talks and outreach events in seattle

Selected public talks:

[3]    Showalter, G.M. 2018. Looking for life in the coldest places. Invited speaker, Astronomy on Tap, 24 Jan, Seattle, WA
View talk here.

[2]   Showalter, G.M. 2016. Home is where the bacteria are. Invited speaker, Museum of Flight, 22 Oct, Seattle, WA
[1]    Showalter, G.M. 2016. Finding life when the trail goes cold: From the poles to icy moons. Seattle Town Hall Speaker Series, 21 Mar, Seattle, WA


Selected communications and outreach activities.

Science Mentor, John Stanford Elementary School

Weekly mentor to four 5th grade students, assisting with the completion of their Science Fair projects.  Jan - Mar 2019    

Polar Science Weekend, Pacific Science Center

Co-led table-top activity introducing kids to the biology of and methods for studying life in sea ice, engaging over 1000 museum visitors of all ages. Included development of new activity and visuals for children.  Mar 2015-2019       

Science Communications Fellow, Washington Sea Grant

Developed and wrote full-length articles for Washington Sea Grant newsletter Sea Starincluding in person interviews with researchers funded by WSG (see Publications).Created and published social media posts and press releases with the WSG communications team. Paid fellowship for 10hrs/week. Oct 2017-Mar 2018       

Science Writer, HiveBio Community Lab

Wrote postings, articles, and developed public discussions as volunteer science writer for community bioscience laboratory. Responsibilities included weekly postings on website HiveBio.organd occasional articles to promote classes and events. Led monthly discussion topics managing crowds of 15-20 people to discuss topics in modern biotechnology, as well as created and distributed promotional materials. Work included a publication in online biotech magazine BioCoder(see Publications). 2014-2017                  

Engage Science Communication Directors Board

Curated Engage Sciencetwitter account (@EngageScience), adding over 200 followers and increased monthly engagements from ~200 to ~1600 during tenure. Helped advised directions of Engage Science class, an all graduate student led course teaching graduate students public speaking skills for science communication. Sept 2016-Mar 2017                          

 Science Communications Fellow, Pacific Science Center

Developed and implemented a youth-targeted public engagement activity at the Pacific Science Center after completion of a six-week course teaching principles of public science engagement. Feb-Mar 2016             

Engage Science Communications Course

Completed graduate student led science communication course, culminating in a public talk at Seattle Town Hall. Learned principles of distilling complex topics, effective visual design, and narrative-based scientific speaking for maximum public engagement. Winter 2016