Science communication is an integral part of wildlife conservation
Engaging in public outreach is one of the most important aspects of my work

Recent Events

Interviewed by LiveScience about primate behavior - check out this quick read! July 28, 2019


FieldWORKshop 2019

Amy Anderson, Mallory Melton, and I organized the first FieldWORKshop at UCSB- a workshop geared towards providing field researchers of all academic stages, abilities, and backgrounds with tools for successful planning and execution of fieldwork- in the U.S. and abroad. Speakers from Student Health, Field First Aid, Title IX office, Ombuds, ADA, Graduate Research Funding, and Counseling and Psychological Services provided attendees with useful resources for conducting fieldwork.

View parts 1 and 2 of the workshop

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Invited talk at UC Santa Cruz - Anthropology Department Seminar, November 2018

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Watch my interview for the SERA promotional video! Fall 2018

Watch my interview for the SERA promotional video! Fall 2018



Featured in S'More Magazine, May 2018

Femmes of STEM

Contributing Member at Femmes of STEM Podcast and Blog: a science history collective dedicated to sharing the stories of women in the history of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (May 16, 2018)

Our first OUTreach seminar was a success!
Ronnie gave a captivating talk about her history in science and her planned PhD dissertation work, complete with charismatic primates and some truly beautiful slides. Thanks Ronnie!
— Michael Shahandeh, Organizer, UCSB OUTreach

Member of 500 Women Scientists: an inclusive scientific community dedicated to training a more diverse group of future leaders in science and to use the language of science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy (2018 - present)


Wildlife Specialist - Girl Scout's day at the Moorpark Teaching Zoo- earning their "animal care" badge! (March 18th, 2018)


Guest Host on STEM Squad: an online science communication platform for women in STEM fields (December 2017)


Gathering donated items from the UCSB community to provide enrichment for the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo during the Thomas Fire


Panelist - Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Club; UCSB BS/MS info session (2014 - 2015)

Steering Committee Member - College Provost Steering Committee; Thurgood Marshall College, UCSD (2012 - 2013)


Project Advisor - San Diego High Tech Middle School; Science research project (2012)

Volunteer caretaker at Parque Ambue Ari - Communidad Inti Wara Yassi, Bolivia (April - June 2009)