The annual BioBlitz is an Earth-day related event that lets us share our science with the public. This year's was held at the UA Arboretum. It provided a beautiful setting for plant walks, bug walks, bird walks, and butterfly catching. We also had tables where people could learn how to mount an herbarium specimen, look at bugs under a microscope, and have artwork created by black soldier fly maggots. I think my maggots did a great job!
Kocot lab tours start out with the lab where we extract DNA but end in the microscope room, and our benchtop SEM. Nothing quite like letting an undergraduate drive an SEM around for fun!
UA Biology had a great outreach table! The Kocot lab shared some weird sea creatures with the general public (the pycnogonids were a hit!), and talked inverts all morning.