In parallel with research, members of the Leslie Lab are committed to sharing their science with policymakers and the public. Recent efforts include
- Contributing to the The Nature Conservancy’s innovative venture for nature and people, SNAP
- Returning the results of fisher surveys to communities of Mexico’s Baja peninsula
- Synthesizing water quality data for Narragansett Bay
Diversifying the STEM and conservation workforce
Prof. Leslie recently launched SEA Fellows, an undergraduate training program in applied marine science. She also was the founding director of the Voss Environmental Fellows Program at Brown University (where she was on the faculty from 2007 to 2015). Partnerships with community and governmental organizations are foundational to both these programs, and enable students to develop the scientific credibility, professionalism, and broad understanding of the science-policy landscape needed to be effective contributors to environmental solutions.
In addition to founding the SEA and Voss Fellows programs, she has served as a mentor for The Leadership Alliance, an undergraduate program dedicated to improving participating in STEM by members of underrepresented groups. She is committed to diversifying the conservation workforce.