Dr. Alexandra Rose is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site (NWT LTER). She also works for CU Science Discovery as a High School Programs manager and Broader Impacts Liason. Her emphasis in both of these positions is science communication, and engaging public audiences of all ages in scientific research.
Alex has a diverse professional and educational background. She has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz, where her dissertation focused on life history evolution and nesting behavior in tree swallows. Her disseration was done in collaboration with a team of volunteer citizen scientists, who helped her collect data on swallows breeding in California and Alaska. Prior to graduate school, Alex worked as a field biologist for the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Research Center (now the Conservation Biology Institute), the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, and as a volunteer for Point Reyes Bird Observatory. She was also the program manager for avian conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in San Francisco for two years. After completing her PhD she has continued her research on Alaskan tree swallows, while teaching for the Zoology and Physiology department at the University of Wyoming. Upon moving to Boulder in 2012, she began working as the Citizen Scientist Coordinator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Science Discovery. She has since moved into her current positions, where she tries to apply her varied experience with outreach to her teaching, communication, and interactions with scientists and the public.