I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes. My post-doctoral research involves examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. My work includes The Urban Scientist a blog about urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences, hosted by Scientific American Blog Network. I am also co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service, a media advocacy organization.
To inquire about my speaking, presenting or consulting services, please email me. You can follow my updates about education, science, STEM outreach & diversity on Twitter at @DNLee5
PhD Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MS Vertebrate Zoology, University of Memphis
BS Animal Science, Tennessee Technological University
2015 TED Fellow
EBONY Power 100 2014 – Social Media Influencer
White House Champions of Change – STEM Access & Diversity
The Grio 100's Class of 2014 - Science & Technology Leader
Huffington Post Science Scientists on Twitter: 30 Biologists and Chemists to Follow
Top Women in Science to Follow on Twitter – Under the Microscope
2011 Black Weblog Awards Blogging Heroine - Niche Blogging in Science
2011 Young Professional of the Year, Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis
2009 Diversity Scholar, American Institute of Biological Sciences
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