Katherine O'Brien

Katherine O'Brien

Katherine O'Brien

Postdoctoral Fellow, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology


Museum of Biological Diversity
1315 Kinnear Road

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Areas of Expertise

  • Science communication
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Outreach


  • PhD, The University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Clark University
  • B.A., Clark University

Katherine O’Brien is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. In her role, she serves as the outreach liaison at the Museum of Biological Diversity where she works on Broader Impacts, community outreach, K - 12 teacher education, and other public science initiatives. Currently she is the instructor of “Translating Evolution” a mixed-level undergraduate and graduate course that trains students to work within their communities to learn best practices for communicating science. She is also the Director of Columbus Science Pub—a monthly public science event for Columbus community members. Katherine received her B.A. and M.A. in Biology from Clark University and Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is interested in understanding effective public communication methods when discussing controversial science.

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