Shirazi, Sabrina

I am starting my second year as a PhD. Student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) working with Dr. Beth Shapiro. I use samples from museum and archaeological samples as a source of DNA that can inform efforts in conservation. After completing my graduate work at Santa Cruz, I am interested in continuing in conservation research, education and outreach. The issues that conservation are based on will not be solved within a single generation, and I am therefore very passionate about preparing future scientists with interests in conservation. PDP allowed me to gain skills in efficiently teaching course content and pairing it with necessary skills of a scientist.  Prior to PDP, my interests in teaching were hindered by my frustration with the education system as it stands. In particular, the focus on inquiry-based learning, and focuses on Equity & Inclusion that PDP enforces raised my excitement for education.