Meet the evolution education advocate Dr. Amanda Lee Glaze (She/her)! Amanda is originally from the USA and is a science educator and evolutionary biologist at Georgia Southern University!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a science educator and evolutionary biologist with adjacent connections to anthropology! I started my research with population genetics/evolution but moved into science education and public science. My research now focuses on intersections of science and society—specifically using evolution education to understand public conflict with science and improve science literacy!
What made you want to become a scientist?
I grew up on a farm and always loved exploring, asking questions and learning new things/seeing new places. I had amazing strong southern women who raised me and fostered all of my curiosities!
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I came into my position through many challenges — teen mom, single mom, marriage/divorce, and coming from working two jobs while taking one class at a time at the local junior college, to later finishing my doctorate at a research-intensive institute. I am a woman, mother, partner and so much more. I also come into my field of evolutionary studies from a devout Southern Baptist Creationist upbringing which paints my experiences.
“I am a woman, mother, partner, and so much more.”Dr. Amanda Lee Glaze
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love being outside! Camping, competition shooting, fishing, kayaking, diving and climbing! I have a weird affinity for early black powder firearms and weaponry. I also have a passion for storytelling, both verbal and through body art! On the outside I look pretty tame but I have an exponentially firebrand personality behind the facade.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish all people could see our science through our eyes and share the wonder and passion we have for what we do. Public perceptions of science can be so skewed and distrusting but seeing us and our science through a new lens could literally change the world.
“I wish all people could see our science through our eyes and share the wonder and passion we have for what we do.”Dr. Amanda Lee Glaze
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now? Honestly, the women in my family are my foundation and their unconditional love, support and fierce spirits have molded me into the woman I am today. Added to them are other strong women who have supported and encouraged me to fight back and fight hard. Too many amazing people to name. I also have the most amazing partner and children who lift me up every day.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
My big one this week is successfully supporting/mentoring seven women in their grad level research! I love that I get to pay my experiences forward and impact the next generation! I also got to turn a fishing trip into an impromptu talk on conservation, evolution, and science for a group of kids at the beach!