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Making Waves Ep. 31

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Erin Larson

Making Waves Ep. 31: Inclusive Teaching in Biology. Sarah Jones, Alex Webster, and Dr. Ash Zemenick

In this month’s episode, we talk with the creators of the inclusive teaching workshop that was held at the 2018 SFS meeting in Detroit. Specifically the workshop focused on teaching about gender and sexual reproduction inclusively and accurately in biology. If you missed the chance to attend the workshop, they will be holding a similar workshop and a related workshop at the 2018 Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Ash Zemenick received their PhD at UC Davis and is now a NSF postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University, studying community ecology in plant-insect-microbe systems and working on compiling resources for inclusive teaching in biology as part of their postdoctoral work on Project Biodiversify.

Ash’s contact info- Email:, Twitter: @mtn_ash, Website:

Alex Webster is finishing up her PhD at UC Davis and starting a post-doc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studying riparian and stream systems to understand how ecosystem function responds to disturbance and land use.

Alex’s contact info – Email:, Twitter: @alxweb

Sarah Jones is a PhD candidate at Michigan State, studying the physiology of sex and inter-individual differences in hyena aggression.

Sarah’s contact info – Email:, Twitter: @joness943


2018 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting workshop links (led by Ash, Alex, and Sarah):

Project Biodiversify (additional collaborator: Dr. Marjorie Weber; website will be ready for use in August 2018):

Running Time: 23 minutes
Host: Erin Larson
Published: 10 July 2018

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Read a full transcript of this episode here.

The views expressed in the podcast are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the consensus opinion of the general SFS membership.