Members of the Leslie Lab are committed to sharing their science with policymakers and the public. Heather’s interests in these activities were highlighted in spring 2018, when she received UMaine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Outstanding Public Service Award.

Learn more about Heather’s vision for marine science engagement in Maine in this video.

Also, check out the updates on our engaged research under ‘Field Notes,’ on the lab home page.

Diversifying the STEM and conservation workforce

In 2016, Prof. Leslie 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 and as a reviewer for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. She is committed to diversifying the conservation workforce.