Interests: Julie is a doctoral research fellow with the National Science Foundation. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in the fields of ecology literacy, environmental education, and ethnographic research. Through studying the intersections of ecological systems, environmental education, and socio-historical equity, she creates culturally inclusive pedagogy and equitable evaluation practices. She has extensive background experience in designing, managing, and evaluating formal and informal K-12 science education programs, as well as conducting community ethnographic research through oral histories, photo journey mapping, and leading community action projects. She is passionate about the power of place-based learning and how honoring cultural funds of knowledge can challenge deficit views of marginalized communities. Julie holds a Bachelors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a concentration in Ichthyology, a Masters in Education and Learning Science, and is completing her Ph.D. in Integrative and Systems Biology.