I enjoy public speaking and making scientific research accessible and understandable to a general “non-science” audience. This often takes the form of giving talks at local K-12 schools about my research and about careers in science, accepting invitations to speak about my research at symposiums, and being a guest speaker to talk about desert wildlife at local events. One of my publications regarding a new species of scorpion discovered in Death Valley (Webber, M.M., M.R. Graham and J. R. Jaeger, 2012) also gave me the opportunity to share my research with the public through newspaper and online media (Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review Journal, UNLV’s Rebel Yell newspaper, and featured in USA Today, Our Amazing Planet, UNLV News Center, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and MSNBC.com) and radio interviews (“The Flipside” 89.5 KLAP.FM). In addition, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about the discovery of a new species of scorpion from the Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona (Vaejovis brysoni, Ayrey & Webber, 2013) on Arizona Science Illustrated ( a science program which airs on PBS stations in Arizona; see full interview here Researchers Find New Scorpion Species in Catalinas). I hope to continue these endeavors throughout my professional career.
Through my website, I hope to convince people that rattlesnakes and scorpions are in fact “cute!” animals, and that they are both integral members of desert ecosystems worthy of attention and conservation.
Stay tuned!! – Mike
Click the link below to see the video of us bonding with this beautiful snake!