Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMB) 3.108
2504 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78712


Ph.D. (in progress), The University of Texas at Austin, Advertising and Public Relations
M.A. 2015, The University of Texas at Austin, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
B.S. 2009, Clemson University, Biological Sciences


Copple, J., Bennett, N., Dudo, A., Moon, W. K., Newman, T. P., Besley, J., ... & Volpe, C. (2020). Contribution of Training to Scientists’ Public Engagement Intentions: A Test of Indirect Relationships Using Parallel Multiple Mediation. Science Communication, 42(4), 508-537.

Bennett, N., Moon, W., Besley, J., & Dudo, A. (2020). “Comparing the literature of science, risk, and environmental communication.” In B. Takahashi, Metag, J., Thaker, J, & Evans Comfort, S. (Eds.), ICA Routledge Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication, London: Routledge.

Bennett, N., Dudo, A., Yuan, S., & Besley, J. (2019). “Scientists, trainers, and the strategic communication of science.” In T. Newman (Ed.), Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training, London: Routledge.

Bennett, N., Severns, P. M., Parmesan, C., & Singer, M. C. (2015). Geographic mosaics of phenology, host preference, adult size and microhabitat choice predict butterfly resilience to climate warming. Oikos, 124(1), 41-53.

Warren, D. L. & Bennett, N.L. (2012). “Niches.” In D. Gibson (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. New York: Oxford University Press.


2021 <work with Adam on PT 2050>
2020 Rita Allen Foundation Grant for STEM Graduate Students as Public Communicators Project ($50,000)
2020 Center for Health Communication Scholars Program: Investigating the Impact of Chest Binding on the Health and Thriving of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth
2019 Center for Health Communication Doctoral Fellow
2019 Research + Practice Fellow for #InclusiveSciComm Symposium ($2000)
2019 Planet Texas 2050 Internal Grant for Climate Change Adaptation Through Dramaturgy ($30,000)
2018 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Improvised Production (Speak No More)
2018 B. Iden Payne Theater Award for Outstanding Improvised Production (Speak No More)
2018 B. Iden Payne Theater Award for Outstanding Improvised Technical Design (Death By Musical)
2017 B. Iden Payne Theater Award for Outstanding Improvised Technical Design (How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation)
2017 Peggy Girshman Idea Grant, to help support a South-Central states science communicators conference, Co-PIs Juli Berwald, Marc Airhart ($2,400)
2014 Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Departmental Travel Award ($1,000)
2014 Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Travel Award ($500)
2012 Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior DDIG-like Grant ($8,000)
2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of
education allowance for tuition and fees)
2011 Recipient, The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Outreach Excellence Award for Science Under the Stars
2010 Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Start-Up Grant ($2,000)


2020-Present Knight Research Associate, Center for Media Engagement Research Assistant, UT-Austin
2013-2014 Ecological Genomics Research Intern, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Onna, Okinawa, Japan
2011-2012 Invasive Species Ecology Research Assistant, Brackenridge Field Laboratory, UT-Austin
2009 Climate Change Impacts Meta-Analysis Research Assistant, UT-Austin


University Courses #

2020 Guest lecturer for Graduate Seminar for Planet Texas 2050, “Using Logic Models for Collaboration and Science Communication"
2020 Guest Teaching Artist for Texas State Theatre and Dance in the Community (Climate Change)
2020 Guest Teaching Artist for Interpersonal Communication Improv Exercises for Incoming Pharmacy Students at UT
2019 Guest Teaching Artist for Performance Training for Instructors, “Storytelling in Science Communication:
2019 Teaching Assistant for Public Relations Techniques
2019 Teaching Assistant and Practicum Lead for Science Communication Seminar & Practicum, UT-Austin
2018-2019 Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Advertising and Integrated Brand Promotion, UT-Austin
2015 Teaching Assistant for Scientific Inquiry Across the Disciplines, UT-Austin
2011 Teaching Assistant for Field Biology, UT-Austin
2010 Teaching Assistant for Evolutionary Ecology, UT-Austin
2010 Teaching Assistant for Physiology and Functional Anatomy, UT-Austin
2010 Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology, UT-Austin

Invited Talks/Workshops #

2020 Art Bytes
2020 ASPSS Postdoc Scicomm Panel
2018-Present Founder, Facilitator, and Curriculum Developer for STEMprov: Improv for Scientists
2020 Storytelling for Inclusive Science Communication: Offering Counter-Narratives, Reclaiming STEM Conference
2020 Invited Speaker for Polymathic Scholars, UT Austin
2020 Museum Theater Piece “Handle Me With Care: Afrofuturism and Harm to Black Bodies in Medicine,” Museum Theater Piece for Art Galleries for Black Studies and University of Texas Honors Nursing Students
2020 Keynote Speech at ComSciCon Houston, “Getting Beyond Sharing Facts in Science Communication”, Rice University, Houston
2020 Guest speaker and workshop facilitator, “Reaching Audiences & Communicating Science: Strategic Science Communication.” Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Toxicology Branch.
2020 Storytelling for Science Communication, Transmitting Science, Virtual
2020 Introduction to Python for Biology, Transmitting Science, Virtual
2019 STEMprov: Improv for Inclusion and Belonging at Inclusive SciComm, University of Rhode Island
2019 Inclusive Pedagogy Panel at Inclusive SciComm, University of Rhode Island
2019 Improv for Inclusion and Belonging at Women’s Empowerment Conference, Austin, Texas
2018 Austin Lounge: STEMprov and Stories: Readings and Performances from ATX Science Communicators Expo Event at AAAS Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas
2018, 2019, 2020 Python Machine Learning in Biology, Transmitting Science, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Virtual
2019 Python Machine Learning in Biology, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
2013-2015 Python and R Instructor for Software Carpentry
2013-2015 Co-Founder, Instructor for Peer-Led Introduction to Biological Statistics and R Course, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, UT-Austin
2015 Speaker at Nerd Nite, “How to Give Your Own Nerd Nite Talk!”


2018-Present Committee Member, Treasurer, Vice President of B. Iden Payne Theater Awards Council
2016-Present Youth Podcast Workshop Instructor for Austin Bat Cave
2017-2019 Conference Founder and Organizer for SciComm South
2019 Board of Directors for Girls Rock Austin
2016-2019 Lead Teacher for Building Connections: Improv for Autism Spectrum Disorder Youth, Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, CASA, Settlement Home, Helping Hand Home
2018-2019 Computer Science Teacher at Long-View Micro School
2018 Technical Director for Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
2018 Coding Instructor and Academic Manager for Austin Coding Academy
2017-2018 Instructor and Curriculum Writer for Data Science Courses for General Assembly
2017-2018 Coding Instructor for Hello World Tech Studio
2010-2015 Radio Host for “They Blinded Me With Science” on 91.7 FM KVRX
2009-2015 Producer for Science Under the Stars
2010-2013 Music Director for 91.7 KVRX FM Austin