In the past few years, I have had the honor of introducing pond snails and their ecology to dozens of enthusiastic fifth grade students. After observing snail shell morphology, plotting measurements on graphs, and making predictions about which shell types would be best in various environments, students have the opportunity to design a snail shell that would be good at protecting snails from predators (or snail scientists who would like to keep all of their limbs). Below are some of my favorite creations, annotated so that you can fully enjoy them. If you would like to run a similar outreach activity, I'd be happy to share my lesson plan (which meets several standards of learning) via email.
The Parasite Ecology Blog
Since 2012, I have run the Parasite Ecology blog, which pairs accessible summaries of recent literature or short lessons on important disease ecology topics with relevant parasite cartoons. The site receives more than 100 unique visitors per day, with the heaviest traffic from non-scientists and science students who are Googling answers to their parasite-themed questions. My cartoons and other content are commonly used in disease ecology laboratory manuals, class lectures, and conference talks across the United States (and internationally, too!).