Role: Education and Outreach Coordinator Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Caitlin Barale Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly gelada monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at Cedar Creek, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes a variety of onsite and virtual citizen science projects.Who inspires you?
I've been lucky to work with female scientists and mentors at every stage of my career. Jane Goodall was one of my early inspirations as a middle-schooler working at the Oakland Zoo and participating in Roots and Shoots and JGI Youth Leadership Council groups. In graduate school, I was mentored by Jeanne Altmann and Jacinta Beehner, two trailblazing and inspiring behavior ecologists. In my current job, I am inspired by the many female scientists affiliated with Cedar Creek: from established researchers like Sarah Hobbie to up-and-coming scientists like Elena West all the way to the grad-school scientists I work work through programs like SciGirls, GeraniuMania and our high school and undergrad summer research programs.