About AFP

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences funded by the National Science Foundation area for broadening participation of underrepresented groups in biology. I work with Dr. Terry Gosliner on nudibranch ecology and evolution. I received my PhD in 2016 from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, mentored by Dr. Paul Barber.

I am motivated by an appreciation for biological diversity, a deep interest in the evolutionary processes that create it, and a desire to conserve it. A major barrier to conservation is a lack of public understanding of what is at stake as we lose species and ecosystems. As Baba Dioum said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” This encompasses my personal philosophy on the integration of research, education, outreach, and conservation in my career, which will be evident as you explore this website.

Visit my Research page for information about past and ongoing projects. The Science Communication page contains videos and articles I produced in an effort to bring science to the broader community. Latest news will show up on the Home page, where the sidebar displays recent observations in my iNaturalist project, Cryptic Coral Connoisseurs, and posts from my nudibranch tumblr, Nudibooty.

Contact: afritts-penniman@calacademy.org

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