Dr. Charlie Blake is a post-doctoral fellow at the STEM Center, as well as an instructor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Before landing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Blake spent several years doing field ecology and environmental education in many different habitats across the country, from the montane forests of New Mexico to the Pacific coast. During their PhD studies at Texas State University Dr. Blake focused on behavioral ecology, but their interests have always spanned multiple disciplines. They received their BA from Earlham College in biology and studio art with a concentration in metal working. These days, Dr. Blake has a keen interest in the practice and study of citizen science and community-based participatory research. In addition, they are a founding board member of THISTL, a St Louis based non-profit focused on housing security in the transgender community. Dr. Blake is also an occasional producer for the podcast, The Story Collider.