Earyn McGee, a Ph.D. candidate on the College of Arizona and a former reporting fellow on the Overview-Journal, has landed a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of North American scientists to watch in 2021.
McGee, 26, has gained a popularity because the “lizard girl,” utilizing her Twitter web page to create a social media recreation known as #FindThatLizard, through which she posts images of reptiles camouflaged in desert landscapes and encourages her followers to search out the lizards.
Microhabitats in an ecosystem are issues like timber, rocks, & leaf litter (lifeless leaves on the bottom). Yarrow’s spiny lizard like rocky/tree microhabitats. They sit & await meals to cross by. Are you able to #FindThatLizard? Submit guesses with #FoundThatLizard. Resolution at 9pm MT. ?? pic.twitter.com/k1IVUPATWl
— Earyn McGee, Lizard lassoer, MSc? (@Afro_Herper) December 17, 2020
She makes use of this recreation as a chance to show folks about lizards and “construct a better appreciation for these cool animals.” Comply with her on Twitter and Instagram at @Afro_Herper.
McGee known as the popularity “such an superior honor.”
“After I began #FindThatLizard two and a half years in the past, I by no means thought I might have constructed such an superior group of people that love and have realized to like lizards,” McGee mentioned in an e-mail. “It’s so necessary to me as a result of not solely am I instructing folks about lizards, I’m additionally redefining their perceptions of what a scientist appears like, of who is usually a Herpetologist.”
McGee, who’s getting into the final semester of her doctorate program, mentioned her dissertation focuses on lizard diets, the impact local weather change has on lizards and the boundaries stopping Black girls from getting into pure sources careers.
“I’m operating a program introducing center faculty aged ladies to careers in pure sources with my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and funded by a grant I obtained as an (American Affiliation for the Development of Science) IF/THEN Ambassador,” she mentioned. “After graduating I hope to host a pure historical past TV present. I’d additionally like to proceed doing analysis and mentoring college students.”
McGee has been a Doris Duke Conservation Students graduate mentor and makes use of social media as a software to speak to the broader world about science. She was also one of two science reporting and writing fellows at the Review-Journal this summer who got here to Las Vegas as a part of the American Affiliation for the Development of Science mass media science and engineering fellowships.
Whereas on the Overview-Journal, McGee wrote about reptile lovers who cruised roads late at night to document snakes, the comet NEOWISE and staying safe from the state’s 32 venomous creatures.
She shares her analysis and accomplishments, in addition to #FindThatLizard merchandise, on her web site, earynmcgee.com.