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AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (Sept 2017-Present)


2015-2017: Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh

2013-2015: Columbia Science Fellow

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History

2008-2012: Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH, PhD in Comparative Biology (September 2012) 

2005-2008: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS in Geological Science, minor Marine Science

I'm a paleontologist who is currently trying her hand at science policy in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation. I am a science communicator on Twitter (@DrShaena) and was formerly a contributor at Forbes (author page here) and National Geographic (as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2017). Check my portfolio and media for my own pieces and coverage of my various exploits around the globe. 

New Mexico 2016

New Mexico 2016