A PhD student in Biological Sciences, Julie is working to better understand how the tiny and charismatic African cichlid fish navigates social interactions — and how humans are potentially impacting those communications. Julie’s own communication skills earned her the top prize in the LSU Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition. She also employs storytelling techniques to share in-depth research about the sensory systems and social communication of fish on her blog.
When she’s not focused on the underwater world, Julie is an accomplished artist, creating paintings of nature and developing cartoon fish to enhance her writings on fish behavior. Her unique combination of science, art and outreach is raising the profile of important issues related to the ever-changing world of underwater ecosystems — an issue she believes deserves much more attention from her fellow humans.